Who ate all the pies? OverDrive Big Library Read – 16 to 30 March

Perhaps the question should be who made pie? Art of the Pie by pie-guru Kate McDermott is this month’s Big Library Read (March 16-30) on OverDrive, and quite frankly who doesn’t like pie? We can all take this Pie together right now – the Big Library Read means library customers around the world can simultaneously borrow an eBook.

I personally love a good pie and also appreciate Kate’s rules of pie making and life:

  1. Keep everything chilled especially yourself
  2. Keep your Boundaries
  3. Vent.

CoverThis book is American so we are talking sweet – apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie and many more. We have pastry options including gluten free, vegan and no-bake and even tips for high altitude pie making.

What, no steak and cheese? Never fear there is a section on Meat Pies where you pick your own seasoning. Other international classics such as shepherd’s pie and English pork pie get a mention too.

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honoured craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.

Check out Art of the Pie and remember always blow on the pie!

Find Art of the Pie in our collection.

More about the Big Library Read

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook, using Overdrive one of our eBook platforms. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on BigLibraryRead.com. The free program runs for two weeks from March 16 to 30 2017 and to get started reading, all that is needed is a Christchurch City Libraries card and PIN/password

Together We Read Worlds Apart

World’s Apart Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Worlds Apart simultaneously for free.

For a two-week period beginning today, you can borrow the eBook Worlds Apart by Ber Carroll. There will be no waiting for this popular modern family story.

Worlds Apart is about two women, cousins and best friends, who are worlds apart and one secret that changes everything. As two women desperately try to find their place in this world in Ireland and Australia, a shocking family secret comes to light, and nothing will ever be the same again. Ber Carroll’s novel is a story about modern-day women, their relationships, family dynamics, conflicts and ambitions.

Together We Read is facilitated by the OverDrive platform for eBooks and eAudiobooks.

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Adventures in Publishing – WORD Christchurch

Eat. Sleep. Read. Scott Pack’s t-shirt made a nice statement and I felt an immediate affinity. Eloquently introduced by Tracy Farr author of The Life and loves of Lena Gaunt, this could well turn out to be one of my favourite sessions.  Scott Pack could quite easily give up his day job and become a stand-up comic, a lovely British self deprecating humour always wins me over.

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Scott Pack. Image supplied

Changing the title of the talk to How to accidentally become a publisher: A story in 10 books is a crowd-winning way to lead us through his career in publishing.  It turns out that Scott Pack is a bit of a risk taker who surprisingly listens to Radio New Zealand, (but more about that later). The  books he uses are varied and prove a clever way to describe career highlights.

Blood Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds

Scott Pack left Waterstones where he had worked for about 10 years and became involved in The Friday Project.  Ebooks have taken off by this point and bloggers were also starting to make their mark. Tom Reynolds had been writing a very popular blog about his life as an ambulance driver, so The Friday Project were the first publishers to turn digital on its head and publish a digital format ie a blog into a print format book.  It became a best seller, and as we know the rest is history as there are now any number of blogs becoming books.

White Noise by Don De Lillo

9780330291088White Noise was used to highlight the National Radio story. Scott Pack suffers from tinnitus and finds it much harder to get rid of the white noise sound when it is quiet at night. After trial and error he came upon the solution of listening to Radio New Zealand, which gave him something good to listen to but because it wasn’t necessarily British or local he could also go to sleep and not get too caught up in the interviews as he would with a British made programme. This led to his next book The Life and loves a Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr. He heard it read on Radio New Zealand, loved it, contacted Tracy and ended up publishing her along with Fiona Kidman and Damian Wilkins all in the space of about 5 months.

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

The Wisdom of Crowds was a nice lead into one of Scott Pack’s latest venture Unbound – kickstarter (or crowdsourcing)  for books.  The curators of the site put up a chapter of a book that has been submitted by a writer that they think shows some merit.  As a reader you get to like a book and give the amount of money that you think it is worth to the kickstarter or crowdsourcing site.  If the book raises enough money it is published and you get your name in the back of the book.  Authors can also offer other means for you to support them – a chef for example who is trying to get his/her book published could  (for a price) to come to your house and cook  you dinner.

Lastly he talked about and area that he is obviously passionate about.  He is on the hunt for lost, forgotten or out of print books.  The Iron Chariot by Stein Riverton was apparently the 2nd best Norwegian crime novel of all time. (Why 2nd best no one seems to know) but it is long out of print and  has now been translated. Scandinavian crime is still a ‘thing’ and he hopes it will sell well.

Plenty of food for thought, this was a great session for aspiring writers…and I think there were a few in the audience, but it was also highly entertaining and informative for those of us who just love books and enjoy listening to someone who shares their enthusiasm.

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The other two eBook platforms – Askews and Wheelers

4391492We are very lucky at Christchurch City Libraries to be blessed with a trinity of eBook platforms. OverDrive, Askews and Wheelers all have their own individual characters and strong points. OverDrive with its sheer size tends to take the bulk of our eBook market. This is probably not surprising considering it is our largest, oldest (introduced 2008!), and most familiar platform.

If you love your eBooks like me then please don’t forget that there are other options apart from OverDrive. Like two scrawny kids on the sidelines wanting to prove their worth to you Askews and Wheelers are waiting for their chance …

  • Askews: Britannia’s eBook collection with assorted British titles, authors and publishers. These titles are best enjoyed with a cup of tea and cucumber sandwiches while watching the polo. If you get nervous around horses and don’t like cucumber then a random couch with potato chips is just as useful.
  • 9781927262511Wheelers: As Kiwi as Billy T and just as entertaining with its New Zealand focused content and authors. It includes hundreds of titles including the West coast based mystery and Booker Prize winner The Luminaries and Dan Carter talking all about himself. I mean where else are you going to find a title like The Great Weta Robbery?

Remember size is not everything and these smaller gems can reveal a new world of literary content. All you will need is a library card number and password/PIN and a willingness to go off the eBook beaten track.

올 여름 참 더웠습니다

오늘 아침 파란 하늘에서 가을 냄새가났습니다. 책을 들고 무심히 앉았다 갑자기 마음이 바빠집니다. 이방 저방 다니며 걷어낸 이불을 널고나니 이제야 한 숨돌림니다. 올 여름은 유난히 더웠습니다. 그 따갑던 햇살이 그리워지겠죠….. 가을이 눈앞에 와 있네요.

이 달에 소개할 책들입니다.

주름 – 소설가 박범신이 1999년에 발표한 장편소설 ‘침묵의 집’을 개작한 ‘주름’을 한 차례 더 개작해 펴냈다고합니다. 50대 남자의 파멸과 또 다른 생성을 그린 작품으로 죽음을 향해가는 시간의 주름에 관한 치열한 기록, 오랜 옛 꿈을 다시 찾고자 고군분투하는 모습 그리고 극한의 사랑에 대한 이야기입니다.

최고의 삶은 내가 원하는 나로 만들거나 내가 원하는 나를 만나 나답게, 내일을 약속하는 삶을말합조금은 서툴고 흔들리는 그대에게 왜 사느냐고 묻거든니다. 내일을 약속하는 삶의 귀결점은 행복입니다……  내일을 약속하는 삶의 가장 아름다운 종착역은 첫 선택, 마지막 결정을 어떻게 하느냐에 따라 종착지가 푸르런 숲을 만나거나 황량한 들판을 마주하는 차이입니다. 그 해답은 자신에게 있습니다.-   김장한 작가의 e-Book ‘조금은 서툴고 흔들리는 그대에게 왜 사느냐고 묻거든’ 중에서

안소영 작가의 ‘시인 동주’는 별 헤는 밤,  자화상,  서시 등 한국인이 가장 사랑하는 시인 윤동주의 삶을 소설 형식으로 쓴 책입니다. 아무도 시를 쓰려 하지 않던 시대에, 묵묵히 위대한 문학을 이루어 낸 시인 윤동주의 이야기, 거기에 일제 강점기와 식민지에 대해 이해하기 쉬운 설명과 묘사로 어른뿐 아니라 청소년들에게도 근현대 역사와 문학을 이해할 수 있는 좋은 계기가 되어 줄 책입니다.

도서관에서 준비한 아이들 방학 행사 잊지 말고 챙기세요.

150冊の日本の電子書籍がOverdriveに加わりました

こんにちわ!

Christchurch City Libraries は、この度150冊の日本の電子書籍を購入しました。

Japanese on OverDrive

新しく加わったタイトルには、今まで図書館では置いてなかった日本の近現代文学を中心に、料理本、Dr. Prakash Dheeriya のFinance for Kidsシリーズなどが含まれています。

また、日本語が母国語ではない子供向けの日本語の教材も加わりました(もしお知り合いのお子さんで日本語を学びたい方がいましたら是非教えてあげてください)。これらは今までの図書館の本のコレクションにはなかったものですので、皆さんが活用してくれると大変嬉しく思います!

Overdriveで日本語の本をお探しの場合は、advanced searchからLanguageをJapaneseに選択してください。iPadやタブレットコンピューターなどをお持ちの方は、専用のOverdrive Appをインストールすればこれらの電子書籍を直接ダウンロードできます。電子書籍リーダーの場合は、パソコンにダウンロードしてそこから専用端末にデータを移すことができます(詳しくはこちら)。また、Overdriveを使うにはパスワードが必要です。

Overdriveへのアクセス、電子書籍のダウンロード、図書館のメンバーシップの更新、パスワードの設定など、問題がございましたら何でもお手伝いさせていただきます。直接最寄の図書館へお越しいただくか、電話でお問い合わせください。

OverDrive has gone all multilingual!

One of our busiest and most popular eResources is OverDrive, an eBook and eAudiobook service that lets you download your favourite titles for free. Recently in recognition of the variety of people we have in our fair city of Christchurch we have added a number of titles in other languages. So far there are a number of eBook titles in Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.

These eBooks are for grownups as well as children and cover both fiction and nonfiction titles. What we need to do now is to spread the word about their existence. So if you speak – or are learning – any of these languages then do take the time to explore these eBooks. If you know of people that speak these languages, then please tell them about this fantastic resource. As a library, word of mouth is one of our most important tools to make sure everyone is aware of the many services we offer to those who are not native English speakers.

Read Jo’s post in Korean about the Korean eBooks.

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아주 가벼운 도서관 대한 이야기!

혹시 책과 함께 먼 여행을 준비 중이세요?  가방 무게를 줄일 수 있는 아이디어를 드릴까 합니다. 마침내 저희 도서관에 한글 전자책이 도착했습니다. 여러분의 전자기기에 OverDrive 앱을 사용하여 한글 전자책을 다운 받으세요. 도서관 카드와 함께 도서관 비밀번호만 있으면 전 세계 어디서든 Christchurch City Libraries 의 한글 eBook을 읽으실 수 있습니다.

준비되신 분들을 위한 팁!

만약 한글 소설을 원하시면 Menu에서 All Fiction을 선택하시고 다시 언어를 Korea로 선택하시면 한글 e소설을 만날 수 있습니다.

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소설 이외의 책은 Menu에서 All Nonfiction을 선택하시고 다시 언어를 Korea로 선택하세요.어린이 한글도서도 같은 방법을 사용하시면 보다 쉽게 접하실수 있습니다.

이번 방학에는 아이들과 함께 전자책에 도전해서 큰 소리로 한글 책을 읽으며 즐거운 시간 보내세요. 도움이 필요하시면 가까운 Christchurch City Libraries에 문의하시거나 전화를하세요.

Christchurch City Libraries has added 200 Korean eBook titles for children and adults to OverDrive.

The best of British eBooks – Askews

At Christchurch City Libraries we are blessed with three eBook platforms vying for our attention. There is OverDrive, the big flashy American one with the largest collection that also includes downloadable eAudiobooks. Then there is Wheelers which consists purely of New Zealand content and culture. Last but by no means least is Askews which primarily provides access to British content that is out of print or can not be found in OverDrive. It is not as well-known as the other platforms which is disappointing. Is it that classic British reserve that is its undoing? Its unwillingness to shout at the top of its lungs – I am here and I am amazing? In case it is I will agree to be its advocate and champion.

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Askews has all the big names in current Brit lit such as authoresses Kate Atkinson, Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and Ruth Rendell. Then we have the authors Sebastian Faulks, Bernard Cornwell, Ian McEwan, and Stuart MacBride. All this literary talent and more awaits you as we head into the silly season where your money is hoovered from your pockets. The fantastic thing about Askews is that you can borrow and place holds for free and never have to worry about overdues fees. What can I say, the library provides the cheapest entertainment this summer! So if you haven’t dipped your toes into Askews yet, please do.

Like a virgin

I am not at all a technophobe. I need wifi to live. I live a reasonable proportion of my life online. I feel naked without my phone being within arm’s reach.

And yet, until recently I had never read an ebook or listened to an downloadable audiobook.

Yes, I was a library digital download virgin.

Why?

Cover of Magpie HallI guess I just really like the heft and feel of a book in my hands. But, realising that it was actually a ridiculous thing for a web librarian to not have even tried digital library titles, and spurred on by our Community Read, I decided to give it a go and read New Zealand novel Magpie Hall on my phone.

And it wasn’t bad, actually. I thought I’d perhaps find the text too small, but I was pleasantly surprised. I chose to read in browser rather than download it. The  interface was uncluttered and the text smooth and screen-friendly. And though it was odd not to be able to see my progress via the turning of accumulated pages, Wheelers had thoughtfully included a percentage figure at the top right of my screen so I could tell when I was nearly halfway or approaching the end of the book. Nice.

Cover of The Fangirl's Guide to the GalaxyNext up, I downloaded an OverDrive audiobook (and detangled my long neglected earbuds). This format was also pretty easy to use if you get yourself the free app. Having never tried an audiobook before I found myself enjoying how the reader interpreted the prose. Because I was reading, sorry, listening to something that was quite humorous and lighthearted in tone (namely, The Fangirl’s Guide to The Galaxy – expect to see a review on this blog in the near future) it was nice to have that echoed in the delivery. It wasn’t all that different to the voice I hear in my head when I’m reading something myself, albeit with an American accent.

Cover of As You WishI’ve since discovered that some audiobooks are actually read by the author, like As You Wish, about the making of the movie The Princess Bride, a book that I read on paper when I COULD HAVE BEEN LETTING WESTLEY READ IT TO ME WITH HIS LOVELY POSH VOWELS, OMG! There are also audio cameos in As You Wish, including Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal. I’d be willing to wager that Billy Crystal does a better version of his voice than the version of it I did in my head.

Similarly, I would happily listen to Carrie Fisher read one of her books because, someone once described her voice as “sonorous” and I’d have to agree that it’s very listenable. I love hearing writers read their own work. You never have to worry that they’re misinterpreting it.

From talking to other people who have more experience with audiobooks, it seems that a lot of the enjoyment of a book in this format can come down to whether or not the voice of the person reading it to you is a good fit. Timbre, accent, speed and intonation, if they’re wrong or jarring to your ear, can have a distracting effect. So it’s pretty handy that our downloadable audiobooks have a short excerpt available, right there in the catalogue. Just click and listen to see if the voice of the reader suits you or not. Easy.

So on the whole, I’d have to say my first fumbling forays into downloadable library content have gone pretty well. I still do like the feeling of a physical book, but I’ll certainly not look down my nose at an eBook every now and again (especially when travelling).

Feel like being brave and giving digital downloads a go? Then you may be interested in the following info –

Updated:I totally forgot to mention that when I accidentally wiped all the data off my phone (don’t ask) and had to set it up from new, when I reloaded the OverDrive app it knew exactly where I’d got up to and asked if I’d like to start listening again from that point. Bloody clever!