The New York Times posted on October 11, 2014: Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

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For years, child development experts have advised parents to read to their children early and often, citing studies showing its linguistic, verbal and social benefits. In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised doctors to remind parents at every visit that they should read to their children from birth, prescribing books as enthusiastically as vaccines and vegetables.

But researchers are not sure if reading to a child via a device provides the same experience as reading a print book.  One of the main problems is the newness of the devices.

The answer, researchers say, is not yet entirely clear. “We know how children learn to read,” said Kyle Snow, the applied research director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “But we don’t know how that process will be affected by digital technology.”

Parents who read to their children using eBooks need to actively participate in the process because we know that young children learn from another person, not from words spoken from a screen.  “…perhaps the biggest threat posed by e-books that read themselves to children, or engage them with games, is that they could lull parents into abdicating their educational responsibilities, said Mr. Snow of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”

We will find over time the effect that eBooks have on early learning.

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Man Booker Prize announced

October 15, 2014

Richard Flanagan of Australia has received the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 for his novel The narrow road to the deep north.

The narrow road to the deep north


Here is the announcement from PW.

This was the first year that any English language fiction title was eligible.  The resulting controversy concerned Commonwealth countries being overlooked.  Flanagan talks about this in the Guardian announcement. A winner from Australia should slow down this discussion for this year.

Sno-Isle owns all for formats of this title except 3M ebook which Darren is purchasing.








November Library Reads

October 13, 2014

Click here for complete list.


The Favorite

David NicUs : a novelholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together–and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart. Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date. and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is forthe best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic pointof view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls‘s gifted hands, Douglas’s odyssey brings Europe–from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafe’s of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona–to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around? –
Provided by publisher.
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover : The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels  Lives in Ruins : Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble  Mortal heart  The ship of brides : a novel  The Forgers  In the Company of Sherlock Holmes : Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon  Jane and the twelve days of Christmas : being a Jane Austen mystery  Mermaids in Paradise

Patrick Modiano, a French novelist, has received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.  He is know for writing about the effects of the German Occupation of France during World War II.  Shelf Awareness and the New York Times   have more information on Modiano.

Here is the bad news, we own two books by Modiano, both in Korean.  None of his English language books are available to buy from Baker and Taylor or Ingram.  A new title is coming out in February which is outside of our purchase window.

Past experience say new edition will be published or old editions will be reprinted soon.  We will try to buy some of his titles then.

Last years winner, Alice Munro, Canadian author, was so much easier for us to supply for our collection.






One of the authors who came to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show was Alix Christie, a journalist and printer formerly of B. C. and now living in London. Her new book, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, covers the very origin of the printed word in Johann Gutenberg’s workshop in Mainz in the early 1450’s.  Surprisingly, this moment in history seems to have gotten little attention from fiction writers, but Christie brings it to life.  Most of the story is told from the point of view of Peter Schoeffer, who is, yes, Gutenberg’s apprentice.  The cutthroat business dealings between merchants of the time, the guilds and their intrigue and secrecy, and the religious anxiety of the time due to the fall of Constantinople play a large part in the backdrop of the invention of the printing press.  Convincingly, Christie describes Schoeffer’s personal change of attitude from that of proud scribe bristling at the cheapening of the sacred act of writing to an embrace of his new industry.  Part of the book is told from his point of view as an old man, when some were bemoaning the proliferation of conspiracy theories, rhetoric, and the economic disruption made possible by a new technology. (Remind you of any other time?).  Christie told us she had handled one of the few existing copies of the Gutenberg Bible (in Latin, since other translations were not allowed).  Far from this damaging them, this is good for the bibles as they’re printed on vellum not paper.

I’m adding a giveaway copy to the collection so the wait would not be long if interested.  The cover is particularly gorgeous.


Summary: An enthrallinGutenberg's apprentice : a novelg literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany–a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal. Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, the wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corruption- riddled, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.” Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary–and, to some, blasphemous–method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop, and he orders Peter to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the “darkest art.” As his skill grows, so too does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: printing copies of the Holy Bible. But when outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures–the generous Fust and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery. Caught between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new, Peter and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles in a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them all.


Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram
Listed by Author


Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
Gerritsen, Tess
When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?

Rain on the Dead
Higgins, Jack
On a dark summer night, two Chechen mercenaries emerge from the waters off Nantucket to kill a high-value target, the former president of the United States, Jake Cazalet. Unfortunately for them, Cazalet has guests with him, including black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero Captain Sara Gideon.

Saint Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel
Koontz, Dean R.
Odd Thomas is back where it all started . . . because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them—as he’s borne witness to humanity’s greatest good and darkest evil. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do—for better or worse—with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll.

Trust No One
Krentz, Jayne Ann
Following up on the incredible success of River Road, New York Times-bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz delivers another masterpiece of romantic suspense. It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying-and deliberate-reminder of the horrors of her past.

Insatiable Appetites
Woods, Stuart
It’s a time of unexpected change for Stone Barrington. A recent venture has achieved a great victory, but is immediately faced with a new challenge: an underhanded foe who’s determined to wreak havoc at any cost. Meanwhile, when Stone finds himself responsible for distributing the estate of a respected friend and mentor, the process unearths secrets that range from merely surprising to outright alarming. And when a lethal beauty from Stone’s past resurfaces, there’s no telling what chaos will follow in her wake . .

Posted by Jenifer Brown

This has just been added to the reservation system.


The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel

The daughter of a Coney Island boardwalk curiosities museum‘s front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
“An extraordinarily imaginative and immersive novel, this one set in New York from 1911-1925″– Provided by publisher.



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