Cheap books – Mente Encendida Wed, 25 May 2022 20:29:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cheap books – Mente Encendida 32 32 These Kindles will no longer be able to buy books Wed, 25 May 2022 14:34:28 +0000

Several Amazon Kindle models will no longer be able to purchase books from the Kindle Store.

Owners of Kindle (2nd Gen) International, Kindle DX International, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (4th Gen) and Kindle (5th Gen) will no longer be able to browse the store or buy or borrow books, according to a report on

Amazon is emailing affected customers, offering them a 30% discount on new Kindle hardware and $40 in free ebook credits for the inconvenience.

The affected devices are some of the oldest Kindles in the lineup, with some released over a decade ago. The Kindle DX first launched in 2009, for example, while the Kindle Keyboard followed a year later.

It’s not entirely clear why Amazon is removing access to its Kindle store on these devices, although Goodreader speculates it could be because they support outdated versions of the TLS security protocol. , which could make it unsafe for them to continue processing purchases.

Customers on the affected devices will still be able to play the new content. They can either make the ebook purchases through Amazon’s website and have the books transferred to their Kindle or email the files to their devices.

This isn’t the first time Amazon has removed features from Kindle readers. Last year, the company announced that 3G Kindles would stop working in the US as phone networks began shutting down their 3G networks. Owners of these devices will still be able to purchase and download books over the Wi-Fi connection.

Tenants by Vicky Spratt review – empty rooms and empty promises | Society books Tue, 24 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000

IIf the government of one of the richest countries in the world cannot adequately house the people who live there, then what exactly is its interest? Journalist Vicky Spratt does not address this case directly in her first book, but she lays bare the lack of adequacy of our state in its current state, showing how housing is scarce, dangerous, cramped, unaffordable and, above all, precarious. at the root of the ongoing public health crisis in Britain.

How did we come here? To put it bluntly, we let ourselves be bought. Instead of investing in skills, industry and people, voters were told that if they bought a home they would be ready for life, and if they didn’t it was their fault if they found themselves poor and speechless. Everyone knows it’s a failed hunt: even Michael Gove, now housing and ‘leveling up’ minister, belatedly recognized the urgent need for more social housing if he is to live up to his title.

Long before Covid, the health and wealth gap between landlords and tenants widened as house prices decoupled from incomes and the right to buy took 3.5 million social housing units out of hands public. The proportion of households renting privately – at market rates, from barely regulated landlords – has doubled by around 10% 20 years ago, pushing millions of people into housing insecurity.

Spratt began his research Tenants in 2017, after founding the Make Renting Fair campaign which, alongside the work of tenants’ union Acorn, Shelter and Generation Rent, eventually got rental fees banned under the Rental Fees Act 2019. There are so many facets to Britain’s decent and affordable housing shortage that she is careful to discuss them in separate chapters while clearly showing how each is linked.

The author, Vicky Spratt, believes that our housing problems, although complex, can be solved. Photo: Poppy Thorpe

Housing is a social and political responsibility that over the past 40 years has been entrusted to individuals in very different circumstances. Homeownership, the ultimate form of privatization, has been privileged over any form of tenure, meaning those who own see less and less common ground with those who rent. The number of households on waiting lists for social housing far exceeds the number of secure rentals that come up in each local authority, forcing people who cannot afford to buy into private rental, even when they can’t afford it.

One instance, or series, of bad luck can leave people homeless for years. Families dependent on one earner can be hit for six if the main earner is laid off or injured on the job. Spratt speaks to his interviewees over a span of months — years, in some cases — getting testimonials about how losing a safe house, or not having one in the first place, derails all other aspects of people’s lives.

She meets Limarra, a 26-year-old woman who earned two college degrees after having her child at 17, and whose worst option while her daughter is small is to get up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to run a branch of Starbucks for £230 a week net pay. She is ambitious and focused, and can afford the £1,000-a-month rent of her private flat as long as the landlord doesn’t pay it and as long as her meager income is supplemented by housing benefit.

In Peckham, their London neighborhood – near Limarra’s mother, who takes her daughter to school every morning so she can work – a grand a month in the private sector is cheap. When her landlord decides to sell, it quickly becomes clear that there are no other affordable flats in the area, but when she approaches Southwark Council for emergency social housing, she is told that they have no responsibility to rehouse her until she is literally homeless. that is, sitting in the housing office with her bags on the day her lease expires. Otherwise, she is deemed to have made herself “intentionally homeless” because she “chose” not to pay the higher rent.

“OK, now you’re homeless,” the housing officer said to Limarra, his belongings lying in a hired van outside the council offices. She is offered a flat in Croydon, miles from her mother, her daughter’s school and, most importantly, the community mental health team whom she consults directly due to housing stress. Again, she is told that if she does not accept it, she will again be classified as “intentionally homeless”. Placed in an unsanitary hostel with no privacy in Camberwell, she becomes suicidal and her daughter begins wetting her bed.

Conversely, Kelly’s family are moved into emergency housing after being “victimized evicted”, i.e. their lease was terminated by a landlord who raises their rent beyond what he can afford. In Bromley, where Kelly lived with her partner and children, she found herself across from their trusted GP who was treating her son for asthma. Once in new accommodation, she checks into another practice, whose inexperienced GP prescribes the wrong inhaler. Six weeks after their forced move to an unknown region, he died.

It is impossible to read this book without becoming nearly blinded by rage. The difference between secure housing and precarious housing is actually the difference between life and death. The King’s Fund, a health think tank, estimates the cost to the NHS of poor quality housing as £1.4 billion every year. In Germany, Spratt writes, where 40% of households rent privately, rents are kept affordable relative to income and leases are indefinite rather than requiring renewal every two years, often for decades.

Spratt returns to the point that our housing issues, while complex, can be resolved. When Covid-19 burst into our lives two years ago, the government’s Everyone in it initiative ended homelessness on the streets in the space of 10 days. Emergency legislation temporarily prevented evictions and a combination of furloughs and mortgage relief prevented mass foreclosures. She cites the Housing First programme, launched in Finland, as an example of how direct needs meeting – giving homeless people a home, with no strings attached but the support to make it a home – transforms lives.

Towards the end of the book, Spratt impressively expands his scope to consider the home to be “the base from which we engage in society, with our community.” Without housing security, we are doomed to live atomistically hand to mouth, unable to elevate our horizons beyond the four walls we are in danger of losing. Housing is not a pension, nor an investment, she writes: it is an “essential infrastructure”, not only materially, but psychologically. Until housing security is taken seriously by everyone, winners and losers alike in this toxic lottery, all our houses will be built on sand.

Lynsey Hanley is the author of Estates: an intimate story (Granta) among other books

Tenants: People on the frontline of Britain’s housing emergency by Vicky Spratt is published by Profile (£20). To support the Guardian and Observer order your copy at Delivery charges may apply

]]> “I like books, but I really like people” Sun, 22 May 2022 04:12:00 +0000

WILKES-BARRE – Good reads and good meals were enjoyed in equal measure on Saturday afternoon at the northern branch of the Osterhout Free Library, as the Friends of Osterhout held their annual sale of books, baskets and pastries.

The library has held the annual book sale for about 12 years, since the North Branch moved to its current home on Oliver Street in Wilkes-Barre, according to librarian Joanne Austin.

Austin has been with the North Branch for about the same time (although she’s been a librarian for longer) and she said it makes her so happy to see the turnout for the book sale, especially now. for young readers.

“Watching the kids find something to take home is amazing,” Austin said. “We got someone to buy the whole stack of Harry Potter books.”

Everything was served at good prices on the shelves: hardcovers sold for only a dollar and paperbacks for 50 cents. Children’s books have become even cheaper.

A popular option was, for $5, patrons could take a bag provided by the Osterhout and fill it with as many paperbacks as they could hold.

On one side of the room was the “Patisserie” section of the book, basket and bake sale – a long table filled with delicious desserts, cookies, cakes and much more.

The afternoon also featured a raffle with prizes to be won, with all proceeds going to the northern branch of Osterhout.

Austin was stationed at the ticket table for the raffle and said the sale had a big rush as soon as the doors opened at 11 a.m.

She said it’s the patrons, the members of the community who use the library, that she values ​​the most.

“I like the books, but I really like the people here,” she said.

]]> large-golden-books-words-of-faith-illuminated-at-the-british-library Fri, 20 May 2022 18:47:39 +0000

The “Gold” exhibition presents 50 objects from 20 centuries, showing the universal desire to adorn precious words with precious metal.

Did you read Little Golden Books when you were a kid? Favorite stories and colorful illustrations, securely bound with shiny gold spines, were treasures.

This connection between precious stories and the precious metal is almost as old as the written word, as a new British Library exhibition demonstrates with dazzling scale. Gold (May 20-October 2, 2022) includes 50 manuscripts and books from 20 centuries and 17 languages, all literate, illuminated, illustrated and/or bound in gold.

Craftsmanship, dedication and luxury

Adding gold to the written word has never been simple or inexpensive. The objects on display at the British Library testify to the value of words to the artist, the donor or patron, and the possessor. The gold used is not colored paint, but the real precious metal, painstakingly applied in thin sheets (gold leaf) or in powder form (called shell gold, because the powder was stored in shells) or hammered and shaped into bindings. Those who worked gold in this way were the most skilled craftsmen of their time, as mistakes were prohibitively expensive.

With gold, the page comes to life, catches the light and even seems to diffuse it. We call richly decorated medieval manuscripts “illuminated” – illuminated – precisely because of their abundant use of gold.

Golden words of faith

Some of mankind’s most precious texts are words of sacred scriptures and prayers. Although all objects included in Gold are religious in nature, many are — and they represent texts from 5 major world religions. Here’s a taste of the riches of Christian tradition that visitors will see at the British Library.

Harley’s Golden Gospels

The Golden Gospels of Harley. Carolingian Empire, c. 800.

Copies of the four Gospels were prized by Catholic nobility before printed Bibles became available. This stunning manuscript, entirely handwritten and decorated in gold, is traditionally associated with Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Great (Charlemagne). It is believed to have been made at the court of Charlemagne in Aachen between 800 and 814. Can you imagine the firmness of hand it would have taken to produce these beautifully formed letters with such delicate backing as gold?

Prayer books fit for a queen

Another prized part of the Bible for personal use was the Book of Psalms. Collections of psalms, called psalters, were often made as gifts for high-ranking women. Gold has two.

the Psalter of Queen Mary, given as a gift to the Catholic Tudor Queen Mary I, is one of the most richly illuminated manuscripts in the world. It features more than 1,000 finely rendered illustrations, which scholars believe were the work of an anonymous 14th-century artist.

Queen Mary's Psalter
Queen Mary’s Psalter. London, early 14th century.

the Psalter of Queen Melisande, which features large illuminated golden capital letters, was produced at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem between 1131-1143. This is an ancient cross manuscript, commissioned by Melisande who, together with her husband, Fulke V of Anjou, reigned as queen of the Christian kingdom of Jerusalem. Melisande, a Frankish princess, became a warrior queen, patron of the arts, and founder of an abbey in Bethany.

The Psalters were the precursor to Books of Hours, illuminated collections of prayers and psalms with which lay people could participate in daily prayer similar to that of monks and nuns.

The Benedictionary of St. Aethelwold

If you have attended a confirmation or ordination celebration, you have seen an acolyte or the master of ceremonies hold an open book for the bishop as he gives his episcopal blessing. Bishops also had these books in 10th century England, but they were handwritten in Latin. This belonged to St. Aethelwold, the Bishop of Winchester. And we know who wrote and illustrated it so beautifully for him too, because the craftsman left a note in the book:

A bishop, the great Æthelwold, whom the Lord had made patron of Winchester, commanded a certain monk subject to him to write the present book…He also commanded to make in this book many well-ornamented frames filled with various figures decorated with many beautiful colors and with gold… May all who look at this book always pray that after the end of the flesh I may dwell in heaven – Godeman the scribe, pleadingly, fervently asks.

When we look at this beautiful illustration of the angel greeting the women at the Benedictional tomb of St. Aethelwold, let us pray for dear Godeman the scribe!

A real “little golden book”

A small belt book with a gold binding England circa 1540.

This little beauty is known as the “Belt Book” – a miniature prayer book designed to be worn on a ribbon or chain hanging from the waist. It has a pierced gold hinged lid with a clasp and loops for threading from the belt.

English-made Tudor, this little guest book was long known as Anne Boleyn’s Prayer Book, perhaps because it contains a miniature portrait of King Henry VIII. According to legend, the ill-fated queen passed the prayer book to one of her ladies-in-waiting as she made her way to the gallows to be beheaded by a swordsman. Whether the association is true or not, the little gold belt book full of psalms is an enduring treasure.

Dig for more gold

There’s a lot more to explore in the British Library Gold exposure. Visit the website to find out how to see the show in person this summer or to participate in online events.

The Works brings back dividend as demand for cheap books and Peppa Pig toys boosts sales Fri, 20 May 2022 07:11:22 +0000

Friday, May 20, 2022 8:11 a.m.

Discount retailer The Works has reinstated its dividend after telling investors that sales are now significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels, following a record Christmas and booming demand for the books.

The company said it had capitalized on the “BookTok” trend on social media platform TikTok to boost sales of its discount books and generate customer interest.

The Coleshill-based company also said it increased sales of branded toys and games by bolstering its Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Cocomelon ranges.

The combination of higher toy and book sales saw The Works revenue rise 10.4% year-on-year to levels 12.7% above pre-pandemic levels.

In response to the record performance, the company also reinstated its dividend, as the company said it planned to pay out 2.4p for each share.

The Works also said it had another “record Christmas” as the company argued its strong financial performance showed its “better, not just bigger” strategy was working.

The company, however, warned that its sales had been hurt by slowing consumer spending in recent months.

The company also said it plans to strengthen its cybersecurity defenses after being hit by a cybersecurity incident in April 2022.

Works chief executive Gavin Peck said: “As we enter our new fiscal year, general business conditions remain challenging.”

“We will continue to focus on the factors within our control and ensure that as customers face increasing cost of living pressures, they can continue to rely on The Works as a destination for products. great value for inspiring reading, learning, creativity and play.”

Retired educators donate books to 2nd grade classrooms across the county Thu, 19 May 2022 18:34:00 +0000

May 19 — Neither retirement nor a pandemic can stop a group of former educators from getting involved in local classrooms.

Last week, the Cheshire County Retired Educators Association completed the delivery of donated copies of Jory John’s ‘The Good Egg’ to the county’s 46 Year 2 classes, according to member Helen Ann Kelly, who serves as organization’s “reading chair” and oversees the effort.

The program has been running for nearly 15 years, Kelly said — long enough to overlap with her own time as a Grade 2 teacher at Chesterfield Elementary School.

“As soon as I retired, I wanted to read to students and give back,” she said. “Because people had done that for my class.”

This effort is made possible through a collaboration with the Keene Elm City Rotary Club, which provides grants, and Toadstool Bookshop, which provides CCREA with a discount on purchases, Kelly said.

According to Kelly, it takes a lot of consideration to choose a book each year. In addition to discussing options among CCREA members, Kelly said she is coordinating with area 2nd grade teachers and librarians.

Jen Petrovich has been teaching for 20 years and has spent the past six years with Grade 2 students at Wheelock Elementary School in Keene. Although her class has been receiving donations from CCREA for several years, she said “The Good Egg” was one of her favorites for its humor and wholesome message.

Her students loved it too, so much so that all 13 decided, unprompted, to write a thank you note to Kelly.

And while kids always love a new book, the program has bigger, less tangible impacts, according to Petrovich.

“I think the initiative is a great way to spread the love of reading and make a personal connection with a former educator in our community,” Petrovich said.

In non-pandemic years, CCREA members volunteer to visit classrooms and read books given to Grade 2 students themselves. Sometimes the volunteers are parents of students, family friends or former teachers, Petrovich said, and it can be special for adults and children to spend time together in the classroom.

Since the pandemic disrupted donation efforts in 2019, students this academic year have benefited from two book donations from CCREA: “The Good Egg” and “Wild Symphony” by Dan Brown of New Hampshire. The latter was given to 29 county music teachers, Kelly said.

After a decade and a half of giving, CCREA has no plans to slow down – Kelly said she’s already looking at suggestions for next year’s book.

Those interested in learning more about CCREA can visit its website at

Molly Bolan can be reached at 352-1234 ext. 1436 or

6 books on the climate crisis that give hope Tue, 17 May 2022 19:59:29 +0000

Coral bleaching, flooding, bushfires, biodiversity decline and extinction – as we witness the effects of climate change, amid a stream of reports warning of the cost of government inaction, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

How to counter the gloom? We asked six environmental experts to each submit a hopeful book on the climate crisis.

1. All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis – edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Keeble Wilkinson (2020)

Desperation, helplessness and division are all enemies of affirmative action and crippling in the face of enormous challenges such as the climate change crisis. All we can save is the antithesis of such emotions and concerns. Hope is a powerful motivator, especially when expressed in such creative, thoughtful, inclusive and diverse ways.

Critically, All We Can Save brings together the voices of women, spanning culture, geography and ages. Women are still, shamefully, not heard enough – and worse, actively repressed in some cases and in some neighborhoods. Society suffers.

In this book, however, scientists, farmers, teachers, artists, journalists, lawyers, activists and others share their unique perspectives, through their essays, poetry and art. They explore how to deal with the climate crisis, the damage already inflicted, but above all, how to bring about positive change and progress.

Food for the mind and soul, at a time when it is needed more than ever.

Euan Ritchie

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2. Grand Adaptations: In the Shadow of a Climate Crisis – Morgan Phillips (2021)

There’s no point in pretending. There are no “good stories” about global warming. They are all framed by the crisis that we refuse to talk about in Australia. We desperately need a national conversation about how to live in the perilous world forming around us.

at Morgan Phillips Grand Adaptations: In the Shadow of a Climate Crisis is not an Australian book. His outlook is international – British, European, Nepalese, North American.

Phillips does not shy away from envisioning bleak prospects: systemic collapse, food and water insecurity, declining biodiversity. But it focuses neither on pure disaster nor on naive techno-optimism. Instead, he brings a careful balance to his consideration of good adaptation and harmful (evil) adaptation.

It pushes us to think beyond fragmented reactions to individual climatic disasters, such as droughts, fires, floods and storms – reactions that favor the rich and are based on the illusion that everything will return to “normal”. “.

Its goal is a realistic “deep adaptation”. He advocates for sustainable, flexible and fair adjustments to nature’s new lottery. At the heart of its success stories – fromfog harvest” for water in Morocco’s arid climate agro-forestry in Nepal – is the need for constant dialogue to guide adjustments to changing conditions.

Great Adaptations is a brilliant provocation for the discussion we need to have.

Peter Christoff

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3. Who really feeds the world? The Failure of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology – Vandana Shiva (2016)

The climate crisis has accentuated already unjust and ecologically unsustainable global food systems. Recent bushfires and floods in Australia, for example, have destroyed crops, devastated food-producing landscapes and their communities, and disrupted transport networks. Each laid bare a corporate-controlled food system characterized by rising food prices, rising rates of hunger and food insecurity.

How do we foster equitable and just food systems – systems that are resilient in the face of climate chaos?

In Who really feeds the world? The failure of agribusiness and the promise of agroecology, Vandana Shiva outlines principles and practices that can offer solutions. Drawing on a range of examples from around the world, including the
Navdanya India-based movement (which she founded), Shiva presents agroecology, living soil, biodiversity and small-scale agriculture as life-affirming responses.

Small farmers on small plots of land already produce 70% of the world’s food. They can really feed the world.

The challenge then – one among many – is how to breathe life into the principles advocated by this award-winning environmental activist, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Sydney Peace Prize. In an Australian context, this will include addressing the violent colonial foundations on which Australia’s agricultural and food systems were built.

Kristen Lyons

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4. Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science – Jessica Hernandez (2022)

Raging fires, desperate droughts and unprecedented floods underscore the power and terror of climate catastrophe. As we experience these stark reminders of our addiction to healthy ecosystems, many of us are looking for another way to reconnect with the world around us.

In Fresh banana leavesJessica Hernandez offers us the concept of “kincentric ecology,” in which the enduring relationship between Indigenous peoples and place is one of mutual interdependence.

She argues that “we are not separate from nature” and that “Indigenous peoples view their natural resources and environment as part of their loved ones, relatives and communities”.

Hernandez’s book demonstrates the power of Indigenous science (and Indigenous peoples’ leadership) to help us restore a right relationship with nature. In doing so, it offers us a glimpse of a decolonized, just and sustainable future.

Erin O’Donnell

Read more: Engineers have built machines to remove CO₂ from the air. But will it stop climate change?

5. The Precipice – Toby Ord (2020)

In The Precipice, Toby Ord considers a range of “existential risks” that could, over the next few centuries, reduce the immense potential for long-term human flourishing. This leaves me with perverse hope about climate change for three reasons.

First, while acknowledging that climate change will cause immense suffering, Ord identifies only a few relatively unlikely scenarios that will leave humanity extinct or “stuck” barely surviving.

Second, it considers a range of man-made and natural risks that are of even greater concern. Many of these risks are exacerbated by the increasing accessibility of powerful technologies once reserved for elites, such as bioengineering and artificial intelligence. These are all risks that we create or will need to cooperate to mitigate; their occurrence and level of impact are under our influence.

Third, Ord makes a compelling case that we have many of the institutions, technologies, and policy tools needed to manage long-term existential risks. There is work we can all do now to help. Climate change can aggravate many other risks. To solve it, you have to solve others at the same time.

The Precipice leaves the feeling that we will have to be better humans to survive the centuries to come, but a better future awaits us. If we achieve that future, we will deserve it, for we will have married our power and prosperity with civilizational maturity, compassion, and wisdom.

Stefan Kaufman

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6. Trees and Global Warming: The Role of Forests in Cooling and Warming the Atmosphere – William J. Manning (2020)

As climates change and Australia gets warmer, trees are often seen as a panacea, but, as always with ecosystems, things can get complicated.

As William J. Manning tells us in Trees and global warming, trees can both warm and cool the atmosphere. The color of their leaves (light green or dark green) influences the amount of radiation absorbed, transmitted and reflected, and how cool they are.

Manning doesn’t look at trees and forests through rose-colored glasses, but through a solid scientific lens. They come out on top when it comes to fighting climate change because, grown efficiently, they can shade and cool, reduce the urban heat island effect, sequester carbon, and much more.

Trees are an essential, profitable and sustainable element for living with climate change. We have to protect the trees and the forests that we have. Planting more trees is part of a quick and cheap fix, delivering more livable cities across our continent.

Greg Moore

Percy Jackson’s Casting Backlash Completely Misunderstands the Books Mon, 16 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000

The backlash of the casting for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians The TV series shows that these people completely misunderstand the books. After the lackluster response to the first attempt at adapting Rick Riordan’s popular YA Greek mythology book series, many were excited by Disney’s decision to try again – this time with the author’s direct involvement. Yet the first casting reveal for the main Percy Jackson trio was also accompanied by quite a bit of criticism, especially regarding the choice of Annabeth Chase.

Disney has announced that Walker Scobell from The Adam ProjectLeah Sava Jeffries from Empire series, and Aryan Simhadri of Cheaper by the dozen had been cast to play Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood respectively. Riordan also happily shared the news on his personal blog, as he had been involved in the casting process from the very beginning. Unfortunately, alongside the praise these picks received online, there was also enough negativity that Riordan felt the need to post another post in response to the Percy Jackson backlash.


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Most of those negative comments were directed at Jeffries, a 12-year-old black actress cast in a role the books describe as white. These remarks complained that the cast did not reflect their own views on the character’s appearance and blatantly dismiss all of Jeffries’ other qualifications. Riordan succinctly responded in his follow-up post: “Friends, that’s racism. Ironically, such criticism also ignores the central message of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, proving how little these so-called fans even know about the story they claim to stand for.

Book Annabeth’s blondness has never been so crucial

Many complaints about Annabeth’s casting stemmed from the character’s conflicting feelings about her blonde hair in the books. As the daughter of the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, Annabeth had always centered her identity around her own intelligence, which she feared her fairness would overshadow. She worried that strangers would always assume that superficial things like her sex and her blond hair made her less intelligent than she was – in other words, she worried that strangers would judge her solely on her looks. This concern goes so much deeper than hair color, as Jeffries’ casting for the Percy Jackson show has proven itself. If anything, the casting backlash only makes Jeffries even more suitable for the role, because who would understand better than her what it’s like to be deemed inadequate because of your looks and not your merit? Riordan wrote in his blog that “the true nature of the character lies in his personality“, and if Jeffries is able to embody what really makes Annabeth who she is, then nothing else really matters.

Of course, Jeffries’ casting doesn’t necessarily mean Annabeth won’t have blonde hair or gray eyes in the Disney+ series, as the show may decide to include those features in its final look. Alexandra Daddario, the actress who played Annabeth in the original Percy Jackson movies, got enough complaints about his black hair to have it lightened for the next movie. If fans were really upset by these trivial details, they could have just asked for them to be included instead of outright protesting the casting. Still, critics don’t seem to care, and aren’t willing to trust Riordan’s word that Jeffries is the best embodiment of Annabeth’s spirit and creepy wit. By focusing on all the wrong things, those upset with the casting only show how little they know about the real story.

Percy Jackson teaches that there is strength in difference

Challenging the preconceptions of others has always been an important aspect of Percy Jackson series. From the very first book, characters that others had considered troublemakers or lesser stepped up to be heroes. The children of the god of war Ares, seen as only harsh and insensitive, could also be sensitive and open to love and forgiveness; the children of the love goddess Aphrodite, dismissed as superficial and selfish, sacrificed themselves to save others; Percy, the neurodivergent child who failed six schools, was also the son of Poseidon who saved the world. In his response to complaints about the casting, Riordan wrote: “Percy Jackson’s central message has always been that there is strength in difference. . . Anyone can be a hero.”

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It’s not only heartbreaking that such a young actress should be exposed to such hatred, but the irony of such a reaction has obviously been lost on those who choose to complain about the Percy Jackson Pin up. Riordan went on to say that anyone who was upset about the casting clearly “learned nothing” books, because they have completely missed their main message. Coming together despite and because of each other’s differences to save the world is the backbone of the Percy Jackson series. The books aim to teach children that the parts of themselves that some might disapprove of may actually be their greatest assets, and people should never judge another for no reason.

Leah Jeffries is already proving she’s the perfect Annabeth

Percy Jackson Shows Annabeth

Rick Riordan has written extensively about the time and care that went into the casting process for the Percy Jackson show, and reiterated, “Once you see Leah as Annabeth, she will become exactly how you imagine Annabeth.” Still, Jeffries is already proving she was the perfect choice even before filming for the Disney+ remake began. In a video response, Percy JacksonAnnabeth’s new actress told the haters to stop”wasting time“complain about the casting because, in his own words, “I still have confidence in myself.”

Although each character has their own battles to fight, Annabeth faced extra pressure in the books than many others in Percy Jackson not. As the daughter of the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy, Annabeth was often the one who came up with the plan, who had to remain calm under pressure and had to win all of her battles. Expectations that high would make anyone struggle to live up to them, but Annabeth dealt with them while navigating the ways she was constantly perceived, both positively and negatively, based on nothing more than her looks. . Such strength has made her an inspiration to young girls around the world who have grown up reading. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and Jeffries proves she’s ready to be that inspiration for a new generation. She knows better than to listen to what others think of her, and such determination will undoubtedly be a great asset to the actress in the future. Riordan said it best: Leah Jeffries is Annabeth Chase.

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Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers review – a thrilling adventure | history books Sun, 15 May 2022 08:00:00 +0000

MMost of us who spend our time reading books gobble up their verbal content, then set aside or, at best, put away the container. But these receptacles have an identity and an existence of their own: with their straight spines, their papers layered like skin and their protective jackets, the books have bodies and wear clothes, and they savor adventures or suffer misadventures. traveling around the world. Overlooking the epic mass of Troilus and CriseydeChaucer approaches the poem as his “little book” and sends it into the future with loving parental care, while in Thackeray vanity lounge the heroine begins her career as a rebel by throwing a copy of Samuel Johnson’s unofficial, prescriptive dictionary out of the window.

In portable magic, Emma Smith studies with spirit and ingenuity books as objects, possessed by readers not produced by writers. Its title, borrowed from an essay by Stephen King, emphasizes the mobility of these seemingly inert objects and their occult powers. Like automobiles or metaphors, books transport us to unknown destinations, and there is something strange about this propulsion. Smith begins with wizards conjuring by consulting spell books; she goes on to examine the varieties of magical reading, which range from the “spiritual transcendence” of Saint Augustine, who was converted by random reading of the Bible, to the “dark arts” of a “necromantic volume” such as Mein Kampfdistributed to every household under the Third Reich as a sinister talisman, the “bibliographic manifestation of Hitlerism.”

Playwright Joe Orton, who was jailed for replacing distinguished book illustrations with homoerotic pin-ups, at his home in north London in 1964. Photography: George Elam/Daily Mail/Rex

In their packaging, the early gospels brought heaven to earth, written in heavenly gold and silver on mauve parchment. Other books Smith has reviewed have been desecrated or, as she cheekily puts it, “visually pimping.” Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell have been jailed for replacing distinguished book illustrations with homoerotic pin-ups, although the Islington library that sued them now displays the defaced copies as art treasures. Elsewhere, Smith locates books with inflammatory intent: a paperback murder mystery from apartheid-era South Africa secretes a bomb-making manual inside, and a 17th-century Venetian missal contains a boxed pistol with a silk bookmark that activates its trigger. Better these deadly traps than the well-organized shelves of Gwyneth Paltrow, whose interior designer provided her with plenty of “bloods” chosen for the soothing color of their spines.

Etymologically, all books are analogues of the Bible, since the word “biblion” derives from a Semitic term for papyrus or scroll. On his way through the centuries, Smith teases some playful neologisms from this ancient root. Fortune tellers engage in “bibliomancy” by randomly opening books for prophetic guidance, Orton’s indecent collages are described as “creative biblioclasm,” and the disaster movie Two days later exposes an act of “bibliocide” when books from the New York Public Library are incinerated as fuel during a new Ice Age. Best of all is Smith’s translation of the scholarly term incunabula as “library-babies”: these 15th-century printed books take their name from the Latin for swaddling or cradle, making them “Gutenberg’s nursery infants.” Closer to today, mass marketed books inspire readers to multiply in their own non-mechanical way. “Paperbacks,” says Smith, “were the baby boomers of book demographics, and Dr. Spock The Baby and Child Care Pocket Book was one of the new format’s first big hits.

Smith reads with all his senses alert. She listens to the rustling pages as you turn them, sniffs the bookbindings like a wine drinker savoring the bouquet of a vintage, and deliciously sniffs the vanilla-woody musk of cheap second-hand bookstores; she knows the recipes for making ink, which in the case of a Norse saga involved boiling the berries of an arctic shrub. Indulgent to the rings left by coffee cups, she also cherishes the sauce splattered on her kitchen copy of Claudia Roden. Medium: books satisfy all appetites.

Although Smith defines herself as a “bookish scholar”, she balks at Arcimboldo’s portrayal of “a man constructed from books”, with floating pages for hair, ribs made of stacked tomes and bookmarks for books. fingers. The monstrous figure in the painting reminds him that “the book-human relationship is reciprocal: if we are made of books, the books are made of us”. Proving the point, she notes that a small Spanish-language Bible confiscated from a migrant at the US border is “curved around the contours of a body”, having been stuffed into a pocket for comfort and companionship during the long journey north to the Rio. Big.

Holding a book, we hug it, kiss it, or even nurture it on our lap: the meeting of minds relaxes into closer fellowship, and when you’re done portable magic its pages will be stained with your fingerprints and sprinkled with traces of your DNA. Smith encourages this intimacy by blowing “Phew!” after a page of particularly arduous argument and thanks to the readers who stay the course. His wise, funny and endearing book made me want to shake his hand or give him a grateful and disembodied hug.

Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers by Emma Smith is published by Allen Lane (£20). To support the Guardian and Observer order your copy at Delivery charges may apply

]]> Gullybaba launches 150 help books for IGNOU students – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News Fri, 13 May 2022 17:12:04 +0000

New Delhi – In the rapidly changing post-Covid education scenario where students need easy to understand content, India’s leading publishing company, Gullybaba Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., has launched 150 graduate and postgraduate study aid books for this academic session to enable learners to achieve peak performance. These books are based on the latest CBCS curriculum implemented by IGNOU covering Core Courses, Generic Electives, Skills Enhancement Courses and Electives.

These books are available in India and demanded by international students especially in UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Singapore and Mauritius. These books are available in offline bookstores and on Amazon, Flipkart, and

All published IGNOU help books are from BAG, BA (Honours), BSCG, B.Sc. (Honours), BCOMG, MBA, M.Com, MA, MLIS, MTTM, BSWG, MCA, PGDCA and a host of other programs.

“In the fast-paced world of the Internet, we have discovered that the importance of books has still not lost its luster. Help books are in high demand right before exams, which has increased our online sales by 50%,” said Dinesh Verma, Founder and CEO, GullyBaba Publishing House.

“We work with empathy and a genuine understanding of the challenges and pain points of IGNOU students. The scientifically prepared study materials help IGNOU students prepare well to get good grades in very little preparation time,” says Gullybaba Founder, Dinesh Verma.

We are committed to a sustainable environment, which is why the pages of these books are made from recycled paper. Gullybaba has sold over 10 million books in 30 countries so far.

GPH help books range from Rs.200 to Rs.350 per book and are available at a discount on their own e-commerce site

Gullybaba Founder Dinesh Verma has informed that by the end of 2023 we will be adding another 200 books for IGNOU postgraduate and postgraduate courses.