There can be no denying how popular PressDisplay is. Over 19,000 newspapers were read in June alone and if there is ever a delay from PressDisplay (based in Vancouver) in getting the latest edition of The Press up then the phones here at the library run hot with angst.
Like all things technical upgrades are necessary to keep pace with the environment around them. PressDisplay is no different and in the coming months will shed its old interface like a caterpillar sheds its cocoon to evolve into a butterfly or in this case PressReader. There will still be unlimited access to newspapers and magazines from around the World but PressReader will be much more mobile friendly and provide access to features like instant translation and social sharing.
You can even set up your own account and customize what you want to see when you first open it. Personally I have the local newspaper the Press set up as a favourite as well as the Southland Times and the magazine Healthy Food Guide. You also get to download publications for later reading online or offline so you will never be stuck for quality reading material again.
At the moment when entering PressDisplay you will have the option to either try PressReader or PressDisplay. Feel free to use this time to investigate the changes to come or even set up your own account. The permanent swap over from PressDisplay to PressReader will happen on the 30th of August.
You can also get a look at PressReader here
Do you ever wonder why a particular book seems to come along at just the right time? I remember reading Armistead Maupin’s series Tales of the City at a time in my 20s when I was missing a close group of friends who had all moved away. The friends in his books became my friends and helped fill a gap. Perhaps I was an early user of bibliotherapy?
Creative bibliotherapy utilizes imaginative literature—novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and biographies—to improve psychological well-being. Through the incorporation of carefully selected literary works, therapists can often guide people in treatment on a journey of self-discovery. This method is most beneficial when people are able to identify with a character, experience an emotional catharsis as a result of this identification, and then gain insight about their own life experiences.
An organisation called The School of Life who are “devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture”, have produced a book called The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies. In it you can find a book cure for every conceivable ailment from dealing with boredom – try Room by Emma Doneghue and you will never complain about boredom again – or perhaps you have suffered abandonment and Kent Haruf’s Plainsong will show you how to reach out? There are suggestions for being in a bit of a jam – The Life of Pi by Yann Martel will show you that really you have nothing to be worried about. There are also great book lists – the ten best novels to drown out snoring and the ten best novels for duvet days are my favourites.
If the thought of using books for therapy doesn’t interest you, then perhaps the quirky and interesting book reviews will open up new authors that might have passed you by.