E-readers versus old-fashioned paper – the pros & cons


It comes with no surprise that even books would come to be affected by digitization. In the ever-expanding network of information, it is only natural that we would bring to this new, digital world all of our hobbies, pleasures, desires and so on. The speed at which we share thoughts and opinions has come to grow to a level that was unimaginable just 50 years ago – an amount of time which, in historical terms, is infinitely small. Naturally, it followed that a debate arose concerning the choice of whether to read on paper or on a screen. We will go over a few arguments for and against owning an e-reader, versus reading ‘traditionally’.

The PROS of having an E-Reader:


  • Save some money. It’s no secret that paperback or hardback books are a more expensive hobby. Hundreds of thousands of books have entered the public domain, due to how copyright law functions when it comes to books. This means that a lot of classics and cornerstones of literature are completely free to read & access by anyone! Downloading them to your E-Reader is only a search away. Furthermore, new releases are often much cheaper to get as a digital download in the first few weeks.
  • Quality of life. Another evident improvement, an E-Reader is much easier to handle, carry around, and read from. Even the cheapest E-Readers can hold an entire library of a thousand books. If you go on long trips and plan to read, carrying several books with you might not be ideal. Instead, an E-Reader will take up a very small amount of space while allowing you to bring along an enormous amount of reading material. Furthermore, keeping it in your hand and using the device is much more convenient than having a book around, especially if you’re using public transportation or other similar situations.


The PROS of sticking to old-fashioned paper:


  • It just feels better. Let’s face it. Even with the amazing advantages of having an electronic device that can hold thousands of works, having an actual book in your hand still feels nicer. The texture of the paper, the smell of the book, the way it makes you feel when you hold it in your hands – all of these are very important aspects for readers. E-Readers simply cannot compare when it comes to delivering an immersive experience.
  • Books have personality. A book can be passed on, a data file is a string of ones and zeroes. Books have always had a social aspect to them. People love talking about what they read, and why they like it. It’s in our nature to enjoy the creative works of others. The social aspect is strong when sticking with ‘traditional’ books. You can lend them, make markings with your own handwriting on them, take them from a library, etc. When talking with someone about a book, you can hold it in your hands and show it to them. A tangible experience is much more powerful than the ‘faceless’ aspect of an E-Reader.


There are other reasons for taking into consideration each of these. It often comes down to a matter of practicality versus more enjoyment out of your reading. The middle path is also an option. In fact, most readers aren’t in any of these two extremes. You can accept the practical nature of an E-Reader and buy yourself one for books that are less important to you, and use the money you saved up to buy the books that you absolutely must have!

The gift of reading

Casual readers and hardcore literature fans alike are in agreement that a book is usually the best gift to give someone. It is timeless, and it works in any situation. Friends, family or co -workers, it doesn’t matter – gifting someone a book will always be appreciated. We’re all eager to know, deep inside, and a book is a symbol of knowledge instantly recognizable.
On the other hand, many try to avoid the hassle of buying a book for someone for the apparent reason – it is somewhat tricky to decide what to buy when it comes to literature of any kind. We’ve put together a few pointers and some insights that will ensure that the next time you decide to gift a book to someone, they’ll remember that moment with joy. It comes down to who they are, and there are a few ways to narrow down your options.

Be aware of the person for whom the gift is intended. If they’re a friend or co-worker, it might not be hard at all to figure out their preferences, just ask around their circle of friends or maybe take a look at their online profiles – there are many sites (Goodreads, for example) that will help you find out what they like to read. If you want to hear it from themselves, but still would prefer to avoid ruining the surprise, maybe peek around their bookshelves. Another good tactic would be to talk to them about a book you are reading, and from there you can change the topic to literature in general, and soon enough you’ll get a good idea of what they like.

Hobbies are a splendid place to start when brainstorming for ideas. However, they might think hobby books are boring or simply take up space without being meaningful, or that they are merely decorative items, to be browsed with only the slightest of interest. But that’s not quite what you should think about when taking their hobby into consideration. Try to take it further, find a book that is indirectly linked to their hobby, and it’ll be a much more subtle appreciation of their passions. Does this person love hiking, traveling and adventure? Find an autobiography by a famous explorer, such as Richard E. Byrd and give that to them, instead of a book about hiking routes. You get the idea. It will be much more appreciated.

Films these days tend to draw a lot of inspiration or are straightforward adaptations of books. Simply ask them what was their favourite of this year, or what films they’re looking forward to watching. The chances are that you might find the book it inspired it, or if that’s not the case, movies can still help you figure out a good book to gift. Like with all forms of entertainment and art, there are equivalents. For example, if this person is a huge fan of thriller films or spy flicks, there is a plethora of literature out there that will give them just as much excitement. A bit of research will go a long way, and it is as simple as asking them a casual question.
Finally, if you are still undecided and cannot find the perfect book to give, it is still a gift that has the potential to be remembered dearly. There are simply timeless books or ones that you can’t go wrong with. Gifting someone a hard-cover copy of some of Shakespeare’s work, or a comprehensive encyclopedia that deals with a large subject, will be appreciated.

In conclusion, the gift of knowledge is never to be underestimated. It shows a desire to see those around you grow and learn about themselves and the world, and there is no better gift for this than a book!

Online Shopping – Tricks to save money

Shopping online can be quick and convenient, but it can also be pricey. I read articles about how to save money while shopping online.  Here are the 10 tips for getting the best deals when shopping online:

1. Hunt for coupons

Always search for coupons before making a purchase. Sites have tons of coupon codes for all types of retailers, from small online merchants to large chain stores.

2. Use social networking

“Like” your favorite retailers on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Why? Because they often reward their social media followers with exclusive coupons or early access to major sales.

3. Sign up for emails alerts

Join the email lists of your favorite retailers so you can get coupons and other special offers delivered straight to your inbox. Don’t just sign up with your favorite stores – do so with their competitors too. That way you can compare deals and ask for price matching.

4. Compare online and in-store prices

Prices in the store and online don’t always match. Now that we’re all armed with smart phones, it’s easy to compare the product in your hand with its online price. And if you’re shopping online, sometimes it’s as easy as a phone call to your local retailer to find out the store price.

5. Leave items in your cart

Log in to your account, place your desired items in the cart and then just let it sit. Retailers want to close the deal, so they’ll find ways to draw you back. In a few days you may get an email with a coupon or an offer for a better price. It won’t work for every website, but they tested this “coupon trick” and found 17 online stores that offer coupon codes days later to entice you to complete your purchase.

6. Comparison shop

Use price-comparison and product-search sites to compare the prices of items at various online and local merchants.

7.  Avoid shipping fees

Many stores offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount. If you’re falling short of that minimum, think about other items you may need that you can purchase ahead of time.

8. Get rewarded

Join your favorite retailers’ loyalty programs, and don’t forget to enter your loyalty number each time you shop. You can earn money back on your purchases, plus other great deals.

9. Check to see if you can get price-drop refunds

Say you make a purchase and then notice days later that the price has dropped. Some stores will issue you a refund for the price difference if you contact them within a certain number of days. For items sold and shipped by Amazon, contact the company within seven calendar days of the delivery date and they will refund you the price difference, reports Business Insider. Certain credit cards also offer price protection. That is, if the price dips within a certain amount of time from your purchase, they’ll refund the difference.

10. Use multiple coupon codes strategically

If an online retailer lets you to use multiple coupon codes at checkout, use the codes in the right order to get the most savings. For example, if you have one coupon code for 20% off your purchase and another for $15 off your purchase, use the 20% off code first. That will apply the 20% discount to the full price of the product earning you a deeper discount.

Budget Your Game

When it comes to spending your money, it is without question that the casinos and online gaming and betting sites, are an easy option. Who doesn’t enjoy the excitement to watching the roulette wheel spin, of waiting for that special card to pop out of the deck, but knowing your limits is always a tough task. researcher and journalist Ahmed Boutiari from the University Of York, has commented on the trends players exercise when dealing with money at the casino. Research has shown that 1 in 3 people who visit the casino for the first time or any gambling provider will come back and play again even if they lose on their first go.

Now a lot of people ask why the game is so addictive and it has been shown through neurological research that at a chemical released in the brain, when you take part in a game which involves a risk. In addition to this for those of that have took part in any form of gambling we will all be aware that the adrenaline rush plays a key part in the excitement and morish consequence that comes from betting and gaming. However, it is not all doom and gloom, gambling for most of us is extremely enjoyable, whether you play it on your own and home or at the casino with some friends, the excitement that gambling gives you is nearly impossible to replicate anywhere else.

When it comes to online gaming and betting, the most popular form of gambling is sports betting. The quick and easy way of wagering bets makes it hassle free for punters to place bets however they want. Online bookmakers is frequently allowing new players to claim up to £200 in free bets  when they join, which makes it ever more appealing. With the open availability of what you want to bet on, sports betting seems to be the only form of betting where you as the player have control of what you bet on, rather than hoping a card comes up you have the chance to pick the correct teams to win lose draw etc.

For most games it is arguable that luck plays the most important role in whether we win or lose, however games such as poker and blackjack it is without question that skill is also a contributing factor to the success or failure. If you are looking for tips or lessons on how to better your game well there are many websites out ther can provide you with this service for a cheap rate. get your gambling hat on today and start enjoying the casino.

What’s Next?

Technology is forever changing our lives, and tailors the things we do and how we go about doing them. With Iphone after Iphone being introduced into our deluded and sponge like society, we are forced into soaking up the constantly trending ideological persona associated with having the hottest phone on the market. But these trends do not come as a cheap trend. The latest of the Apple iPhones released this year starts at £540 for the headset which includes the 16GB memory, or alternatively you can have a whopping 128GB for a wallet busting £790!

So what is the need for all these expensive handsets, where for the same price you could buy a car or something which may offer a little bit more into your life, apart from a fancy touch screen and endless amounts of interactive games. It seems that Apple have created not only a mobile phone, but also a device whereby its operator can also operate their own life from the touch of a button. The iPhone 5 introduced fingerprint identification which from a brief placement of your finger you can unlock your phone and even make card payments via your phone. For a lot of people the best way to explain why they have an iPhone would be for its convenience. Apple now operate their Apple Pay system in 100’s of stores across the world, again tightening their grip on the pool of people waiting to be molded into whatever fits their bill.

Finally, a quick touch on the new Apple Watch. Gone are the days where the analogue two hands of a clock were sufficient. For most people a watch serves as a source of time but mostly fashion accessory. However as live progresses, of course the technological shadow of the sweet fruit again tarnishes the traditional things of life, to a more updated modernised one. The watches can not only tell you the time, but also allow you to send messages, check sport results, read emails, and even make a phone call. The standout out question is why do you need a watch and a phone which combined and worth over £1000, just to run your daily life. It seems society is quickly moving away from the standard way of living and embracing the futuristic and technological era that is at the center point of everything we do.

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DIY I Need Help

it is becoming increasingly popular for people to attempt a bit of DIY at home instead of forking out hundreds of pound for specialists to come and do it for you. Many people have taken to Youtube and and homemade videos for advice and tips on how to do a job themselves. However recent publishers have released books with tips and advice, and step-by-step guides on how to do basic jobs yourself. A recent series of books on a variety of grp canopies, bathroom, kitchen and fitted wardrobes in Bristol has been highly popular amongst readers. At £2.99 a guide, a small collection of them could arm you with enough skills and knowledge to attempt a job yourself. If you are interested in these guides search online and give yourself a chance to save some pennies.

Rainham Bookshop

Welcome to Rainham Bookshop, here we will be providing our readers with latest releases, advice on choosing the right book for you and much more. J. K. Rowling has released that a new Harry Potter book will be released in the upcoming months, and fans can expect a title in early December to be announced. Rowling has not given much else away apart from the hint to a major plot twist. Daniel Radcliffe is rumoured not to be the main role and his character will be from a futuristic stand-point.

Sarah McCarry has just released her new book ‘About A Girl’ and it is expected to make the top ten for October in the charts. The book is inspired by a female couple who face several challenges which test their relationship, a extremely recommended book to read.

David Walliams has released the new series of children’s stories, since taking the book scene by storm in 2008, David’s new top seller Ratburger is being named best children’s book 2015! The stories have grown in popularity with over a million copies being sold across the UK and USA. David has completed his 5 boxset and won the award for number one best-selling author.