We've all heard that books are dying, no more will be printed, e-readers will take over, and more.
Although e-readers and online books are gaining in popularity, print is not dead, and that is a relief. I like books, the way they feel, everything about them.
E-readers have their place ,and for those of you who love them, more power to you. Give me a book any day. Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine for publishers, book sellers and librarians, recently had a very interesting article about book production in 2010.
"¢ Total titles produced: 3,082,740
"¢ Total traditional titles: 316,480 (5 percent increase from 2009)
"¢ Total nontraditional titles: 2,766,260, which is defined as reprints of public domain and self-published titles. There was a whopping 169 percent increase in this area.
Computerized books did see a 51 percent increase in 2010, which is a healthy growth, but print hangs on, as you can see by these numbers.
And with that in mind, check out some of these new books from the library.
"Purgatory Chasm" is Steve Ulfelder's first novel. Conway Sax is a mechanic who solves difficult problems. Even though he's promised to help Tander Phigg with a problem, he soon learns there's much more to it than he was told. Plus, when Tander turns up dead, Conway ends up being at the top of the suspect list. He sets out to clear Tander's name and his own in this fast-paced story.
Noah Strycker has studied birds around the world. Right after he graduated from college, he and two other scientists were dropped by helicopter in Antarctica to study penguins. There were more than a quarter of a million penguins and he recounts their daily life. Hurricane-force blizzards, thousand-year-old penguin mummies, below-freezing temperatures and more are part of this nonfiction book. Armchair adventurers will enjoy "Among Penguins."
Power, politics and payoffs are featured in Lee Strobel's novel "The Ambition." A lawyer who is down on his luck bribes a judge into fixing a mob trial, and secretly records the conversation for self-protection. When the judge is a finalist for a Senate seat, the tape is only one of his worries. Another would-be politician wants to use his church to help him get the seat. Plus, a newspaper reporter is threatening to uncover both of these men's secrets. All of these combined will have you turning the pages quickly to see what happens.
Jamie travels to Little Bly island in New England to work as a summer au pair. When she gets there she learns the couple who had the job the previous summer met an untimely death in the teenage novel "Tighter" by Adele Griffin. She is determined to find out what happened to them and take care of the child she was hired to watch.
"A Boy Named FDR.," by Kathleen Krull, is about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was taught from a young age to show compassion for others and to help them. He was and is remembered for being one of the most likable presidents we've ever had. Painted illustrations show FDR throughout his life and capture the time period in which he lived.
Ever wonder how things work? "That's How" by Christoph Niemann will try to tell you, and it's all tongue in cheek. When the kids stop laughing, they can have fun thinking of zany ways other things around them work, too.
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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.