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Filipino Friday 2013 #4: This is Still Reading, Right?

Here goes the fourth part of my Filipino Fridays post. And the question of the week is:

Do you read (or have at least tried to read) books in other formats aside from print? How was your experience with these different book formats?

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I read e-books. Usually PDF or rich text format/s and I read them on my PC, laptop or mobile phone.  I love that it leaves no clutter and that I don’t have to worry about yellowing/torn pages, shelf space and having to bring the book everywhere (saves me space in my bag). I can have more than five books in my mobile and read them wherever I go.  I love that e-books are portable and can easily be shared to my friends. We can read the same book! No more waiting for one to finish before you can borrow! To add to that, I don’t have to worry about letting people borrow my books… the printed books are sometimes borrowed but never returned, or returned with a few pages folded, torn, cover falling apart, etc.  I hate it when it happens.  Now, I can just give them a copy of the e-book et viola, no more fear of non-returning books or damaged books. 


Okay, so enough about the positives. here are the not so good stuff about e-books. You cannot read them unless you have electricity/battery. One cannot feel the pages of the book, or the scent of a new or old book. Once the file gets corrupted/deleted it has the chance to go bye-bye. And because I am living in the Philippines where a lot of muggers are up and about, you cant read in a public place, public transportation for fear that your gadget containing all your contacts, books, pictures and all the other stuff be grabbed from your hands. Another con will be, you cannot get an author to sign your e-book, an autograph will always be better on paper.

Overall, I love books. Printed or e-book formats is okay with me as long as I have a book.


A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion. –Umberto Eco


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filipino friday 2013 (3): The Pinoy Book Drop

The third part to my Filipino Fridays post is a week late. Like really late-late.


I was actually looking for Jerry Spinelli’s  Stargirl for my bookdrop.

But the timing clashed with planning Kei’s birthday last Saturday *that failed miserably*.

Stargirl book photo from the internet

Stargirl book photo from the internet

I wanted to give it because I liked that book. I thought the one who gets it would like it too.  I have it as an e-book.


Went to look for a copy of the said book at the mall near our office. They have two bookstores there. Booksale and National Bookstore. Rummaged though the piles in Booksale, no luck. So, I headed to National hoping to find the book there. Still nothing.  So, The answer to the question Did you participate in the Pinoy Book Drop? is a sad NO.


So,  these are the questions I have to answer. 

– Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience.

Normally, when looking for books I just go for the one/s that catches my attention and look at the back of the book for a teaser of the story. If I like it, I buy it. I don’t do book hunts, maybe save for the said experience in looking for Stargirl. (*where I am really looking for a specific book* So, this was a memorable one as this was my first?)


 Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place?

I found one at my dad’s toolbox. while it is not unusual to find a book at a toolbox, the subject of the book makes it unusual. It is a beginner’s guide to swimming book.

Expected books would be manuals or books about how to repair something… but that one. A swimming book in a toolbox, I don’t see the connection. *I took the book back to him and he kept it on his drawer. He said he was looking for it, a misplaced book. 


If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? 

*Grins* Definitely take it home to read. then if I like it, it would be staying on my shelf, if not… maybe it will be given to an orphanage come Christmas time.


Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?

Both are fine with me. I still go to bookstores  and look for books there. But, e- books from the internet are my main source of reading materials. I love the printed books but I hate it when they get old and turn yellow/torn pages…and when my mother decides that the “old” books be sold in one of the book stands in Recto. So, to save myself the stress, storage issues and heartbreak over the books, I go for the e-books from the internet.


“Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?” ― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl