|Penguin No 1385|
|Penguin No 808|
|Penguin No 2438|
The last few days have been happily full of book news here. First I heard there is going to be a very large four day Book Fair in a church down the street from where I live. It begins at 10:00 am Friday morning and there are supposed to be 5000 books for sale at ridiculously low prices. I was very happy to hear of it as I know I'd probably find old Penguin books.
|Penguin No. 1645|
|Penguin No 2002|
|Lovely old King Penguin|
However I am going overseas on Friday morning and will be away for 5 weeks (more on that later) and I will be in the air when this sale starts. I think I might have to con one of my friends into going after giving them a quick lesson in identifying the Penguin books I collect. I'd be happy for someone to go and pick up any Penguin book they find that is a first print and numbered spine. I'd find homes for them I'm sure if I already owned them.
It just seems to be the story of my life. Whenever something big happens in Hobart, I am nowhere to be found. But I can't complain about an overseas holiday. There will be other book sales.
The other book news is a big surprise to me. I bought a Kindle today. I also bought one for my husband. I have decided that as much as we travel it will be great to have a large selection of books in a small space. The up side of it is that many of the Penguin books I own are out of copyright. I have found dozens and dozens of converted Kindle files online, including buying a packed disc of old books from eBay that I can load onto it and that means I do not have to handle my frail Penguins as much.
I have downloaded hundreds of books onto it and it will be fun to try some authors I have never heard of, much less read.
You Must Read
Before You Die
Just because I have given into an eReader I must emphasize I remain a strong supporter of my local Independent book shops, both new and second hand. I do not see much overlap between them. I plan on using the Kindle for out of print books, the second hand shop for vintage Penguins I collect and the Indie store for the new beautiful books, gifts and stationary always on display as well as books for my monthly book group meetings.
Speaking of second hand shops for Penguins, I found some lovely old Penguins today at a favourite secondhand shop and thought I would share their photos here today.
And on a final "Good News Week" note, the national Good Reading Magazine
featured the photo of my Penguin Library in their August issue this month. They saw it on-line and asked permission to print it with some other lovely libraries they showcased. Most exciting.
I have decided there is room in our lives for both old fashioned, fresh smelling paper books as well as modern technology which is here whether we like it or not so I have decided to make the best of it.
|Just to clarify, No I am not|
the Penguin logo. He is my cousin.
I actually travel more than he does
and enjoy the books more than he does.