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Some Amazing Home Libraries

I’ve posted about home libraries before, and there were some impressive ones. Bookbub has now shown us twenty more amazing home libraries. I’ve seen only one of them before, so all the others are completely new to me. Let’s take a quick look through them all. I suggest going to the Bookbub page while you see what I have to say about them.

1. The bedroom is interesting. A bit too white for me, though.

2. The blue room looks like it has a good sized bookshelf, but I’m not impressed very much. Looks classical, though.

3. The green one is also classical, but like the blue room, doesn’t impress me. Maybe I’m not so interested in the classical?

4. Now, this is more like it. I like this one. It’s big and airy. The bookshelf is fairly big, too. I like the big open space this room provides.

5. I hadn’t thought of this before. A walk-in closet converted into a home library. This is an interesting idea, though nowhere to sit. I could go for it, though.

6. This is another simple design, but look closely at it. There are books in every single possible space. Even under the sofa. I like it.

7. This is impressive. High bookshelves, and a nice view through the window. This is probably one of my favourites.

8. Another classical design. For some reason, I like this one better than the other ones. It seems cozy.

9. Wow. That is a tall bookshelf! My only question is how they get the books down. I haven’t been able to find a ladder.

10. These blue bookshelves aren’t doing anything for me. Not interested in the room’s design.

11. This isn’t bad. Love the amount of bookshelves, but I don’t think the room’s design is very inspiring.

12. Very red! Actually, my dream home office/library has red walls, but dark red. And the shelves have to be wood, not painted red. And I’d like a modern couch and desk.

13. The couch dominates in this one. The shelves seem smaller than in other rooms. Looks comfortable, though.

14. This is Neil Gaiman’s library. Impressive collection, though I don’t like the ceiling. To me, it feels unfinished. But maybe he likes this design.

15. Simple. Nice TV. I could go for this, but it’s not the greatest. But I could live with it.

16. This is interesting. I like this one. Maybe it’s because of the shape of the room. I tend to like rooms that aren’t the standard cube. We have angles here!

17. I am impressed! That bookshelf is incredible. Extremely high. I’d be afraid of falling down. But very nice.

18. This is kind of cozy, but I’m afraid it’s not my kind of design. I think I’d pass on this one.

19. Very simple. Looks like it belongs in a museum, though. The books all look fake in this picture. They’re all the same colour!

20. The colour looks a bit old-fashioned to me. Not really liking this one very much.

I think that out of all of these rooms, I like the design of number 7 the most. I could see this in my future home. Modern, spacious, and lots of bookshelves.

How about you? Which ones do you like?

Discover the Blog’s Series

There are a lot of series I’m doing on this blog.  From writing to knowledge, there’s a lot to see.  I’d like to introduce you to all of the ongoing series, some you may know, others you may not.  Let’s take a look.

Of course, the most well-known series is Authors Answer.  Every week, I and a group of writers answer a question.  I’ve now created a new page that lists all of the questions that have been asked.  You can also find it in the Authors Answer menu option at the top.  It just became much easier to find the answers you want.

My own writing in the form of flash fiction has been available in the side column, but not so easy to just browse it.  I’ve now added a full listing under the Writing menu at the top.  You can now quickly read all of my flash fiction.

I think my biggest project, one that will be quite extensive when it’s finished, is the Worldbuilding series.  I’ve done only a handful of posts about it so far, but I have a lot more planned.  If you really like worldbuilding, check it out. It’s available under the Writing menu at the top.

Currently on a break (I’m a bit busy) is What Will You Write?  I need to fully update the main page for it, but check out the entries.  The earlier ones were much busier.  It’s well-worth the read, though. It’s also under the Writing menu.

I’ve also done a few interviews called 10 Questions.  I’ve listed them under the Authors Answer menu at the top.  However, I definitely recommend you take a look at the interviews.

On the topic of knowledge, under the Knowledge menu at the top is my Encyclopedia series.  Every so often, I write a brief post about something of interest, although I’m mostly doing the solar system’s moons at the moment.  I’m doing them in alphabetic order.  Take a look!

And finally, I have the Library Photo Project.  This is updated infrequently, as I only update when I actually go near a library.  I will do more whenever I visit libraries.  Have a look at what’s there.

Future series are quite possible.  In fact, I’m thinking about one involving geography.  I’d like to go through each country in alphabetic order and provide some interesting facts about each one.  I’d been thinking about this for more than a year, since I began the Encyclopedia entries.

So, I’d like to do a little poll.  Please give your answers (multiple answers possible) below, then leave a comment in the comments section.

Are Libraries Disappearing?

A couple days ago, I was reading about the plans to completely rebuild the Stanley A. Milner Library downtown Edmonton, and came across a few comments asking what the point is.  Libraries will disappear soon.

Why would libraries disappear?  Well, he says that since everyone’s going to be reading eBooks in the future, we no longer need paper copies.  Therefore, libraries will be useless.  I disagree.

First, libraries hold a lot of rare and old books.  These are not going to be digitised.  They’re actually quite valuable, and if people want to see them, they have to go to a library.

Second, not all books can legally be downloaded as an eBook.  It depends on the publisher and the author.  If they don’t want it available as an eBook, it can only be available in print.  Don’t want to buy it? Go to a library.

Libraries aren’t just places to find books.  They’re also places to study.  Many students go there to study.  When I was in university, we had to use the library for research.  Online research was not allowed.  It could not be cited in an official research paper.  We had to use hard copies for our research, and the only place to find them was in the library.  This included research journals, books that would cost hundreds of dollars to buy, and microfiche.  Good luck getting those online.

Libraries are social institutes.  People gather there for many purposes.  Children gather there for social events, reading, and learning to discover the joys of reading.  I can’t see kids pulling out iPads in a classroom to search for books online, go through Amazon and purchase them.  They go to the library, which, in my opinion, is a lot more fun, and the kids will interact with each other.

Libraries offer books to read for free for a limited time.  Putting them all online and available for free would mean that authors make nothing.  As a result, there’d be very little new fiction.  The entire publishing industry (including indie publishing) would collapse.  Sorry, no new books.  What’s the point in writing them if they can’t sell books, since they’d be available for free online?

Finally, I like libraries and books.  No, I love libraries and books.  I love being in libraries, and I love holding books in my hand.  Nothing beats that.  And besides, real books don’t need batteries.

What do you think?

The Library Photo Project

I had an idea today.  I’m not sure if it’s been done before, but that doesn’t matter.  I really like libraries.  But I also love architecture.  Many libraries in the world are quite beautiful.  Many are classically designed, while many are very modern.  So I had an idea that will probably get myself into a lot of trouble with time management.  Actually, I don’t think this will take up a lot of my time, as I’ll mainly be gathering photos (public domain, those available for sharing via Creative Commons, and those that I take myself) and posting them in a blog.  Yes, this blog.  No, I won’t start a new blog for this, I already have enough.

Oh, I didn’t tell you my idea?  Well, I thought I’d start something called The Library Photo Project on this blog.  It’ll have it’s own little tab up on the menu at the top of the page.  I want to showcase the best, and sometimes the worst, architecture that libraries can show us.  What do you think?

Here, I’ll get it started, though not officially.

The Seattle Central Library, Seattle, Washington, USA. Credit: Wikipedia user Steven Pavlov
The Seattle Central Library, Seattle, Washington, USA. Credit: Wikipedia user Steven Pavlov

There, that’s nice and easy.  Nice building, isn’t it?  That’s an example of a very modern library.  Want more?  Well, check these out:

62 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

49 Breathtaking Libraries From All Over the World

Some of these are truly amazing, and would love to see them in person.  Really, you need to check those links out!

So, what do you think about this idea?  Leave a comment!