Amari Cooper Gained a New Fan

AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!

Oh my god. I can’t stop saying that stupid phrase on here! Haha!

But the new fan is me. And I know what you’re thinking. I do. Who the hell is Amari Cooper? He’s an NFL player. But I’m not a new fan of his because of his on-field abilities. It’s because of something completely unrelated to football.

Recently he had a pickup game of basketball with some of his teammates. There was a friendly wager on the game. If one team.lost they’d have to wear clothes from the opposing captain’s clothing line for a week. If the other team lost they’d have to read books from Amari Cooper’s reading list. Cooper’s team won and he immediately began passing out books!

I think you may be wondering which books happened to be on the list, which is understandable. But that’s not the correct line of thinking! Does it matter what’s on the list? Really. Does it? I don’t think it does. He’s encouraging his teammates to take an interest in books. That’s what I believe is most important here.

For the record, I glanced at his reading list. It’s full of books discussing a wide range of topics. Nonfiction and fiction.

Bravo, Amari. I can’t root for any player on the field against the Texans. But the rest of the season I’m a fan of yours.

Amazon is Still Causing Heartache for Publishers

We’ve all used Amazon. Some of us more than others. I imagine most of us are aware of the site’s option to buy with 1 click, right? I never use it, but I know it’s there. Now Amazon is allowing third party sellers to bid for the buy with 1 click option. Which isn’t new at all. Amazon has allowed this for other products but had excluded books. No longer.

What this means is that a third party could potentially be the first option to buy on the product page rather than the copy of the book Amazon purchased from the publisher.

My problem with this whole thing isn’t with Amazon. It’s with book publishers thinking they’re so much better than every other business. I’ve bought so many different products on Amazon when the first option is a third party seller and there was an option to buy from Amazon too. Publishers publish books to make money. THE END. Let’s not be fooled by their crying over not being the first option on Amazon.

How come publishers aren’t attacking Half Price Books? Their books are being sold by the hundreds of thousands or maybe even millions, and they aren’t seeing a dime from those sales. But Amazon is the bad guy. Like always.

Harvard Library Will Stop Charging Late Fees

Harvard library will stop charging late fees for regular loan items. Why? Because it’s stressful for students. I actually just read an article that pokes fun at this new development. Basically saying that all students at the school are rich and a genius and this new perk will do nothing for them. I disagree.

I’m not of the opinion that the most stressful topic in the minds of Harvard students is their overdue library books. I’m also not going to criticize the library for making this change. What good comes from that?

Print may be Making a Comeback

Hm. I’ve long preferred print over digital versions of books. For several years e-books were rapidly gaining market share. That trend may be over for now. In both the US and UK e-book sales have fallen nearly 20% year over year. That’s significant.

The reasoning for this may simply be that people don’t want to pay for e-books. Those prices are still ridiculous, if you ask me.

But the outlier of this whole thing is China. They’re reading more e-books than ever before, mostly on smartphones. Perhaps China is a few years behind the greater trend. Or perhaps they just want their e-books. Either way, long live print! 😂

How Many More Books Will You Read Before You Die?

I’ve actually been wanting to write a post about this since seeing the original article written about a month ago. But I told myself that I’d only write it when I had time to sit down and focus rather than just typing something up on my phone. Today is that day.

Before I get into any of the details here I want to state my reservations about the whole thing. Some might say this is scientific. Others might say the original author quantified the question. But I believe both statements to be false. Information was taken from the Social Security Life Expectancy Calculator and combined with reading data from the Pew Research Center.The author essentially took two averages and plugged those numbers into a graph. There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s be honest about how accurate the numbers really are before even getting into the numbers.

First, you should know who is falling into which group of reader. Average = 12 books a year. Voracious = 50 books a year. Super = 80 books a year. The author used those numbers to “calculate” how many more books we’ll read based on how much we read and our life expectancy. I’m a 25-year-old male who falls somewhere between being an average and voracious reader. According to the data I’ll read between 684 and 2850 more books during the course of my lifetime. That’s quite the range for something that claims to utilize data. But that’s what it says.

How about you? Two questions here. First, how many books does the data say you’ll read before that funny thing called death? And how many do YOU actually think you’ll read? I’ll say I think I’ll be able to read exactly 3429 more books over the rest of my life. The best part is I keep track of all that information. My tally starts today.

We Read Too App is Great

We Read Too. It’s the name of an app to help readers discover books about and written by minorities.

While everyone a few years ago was posting on social media that We Need Diverse Books and doing NOTHING to actually accomplish that goal some people were actually coming up with ideas and solutions. Thus, the app.

The app acts as a directory of books with what we call diverse authors an characters. Basically anyone who is non-white. Like myself. Personally I’d like to read more books with Latino characters or authors. But those books are massively outnumbered in the marketplace by booms mostly written by old white guys. Which isn’t inherently bad. It just is what it is.

Bob Dylan Receives Nobel Prize

Just recently Bob Dylan finally accepted his Nobel Prize in Literature after months of speculation surrounding the awarding of the award and whether he’d formally accept.

This just means another year has passed in which great authors are looked over for this prize. Literary prizes may or may not be as important as they once were, but that doesn’t meant there aren’t authors worthy of receiving them.

For all you Book Smellers

I typically laugh when people mention the smell of a book. Because books don’t smell like anything but paper. Anyway, scientists are now attempting to archive the smell of old books. Yes, really.

I’m not sure what they might be working in if they weren’t archiving the smell of books, but surely there is something more important than this. There must be. I don’t know what the stated goal is but it does sound like museums and libraries may be possible “beneficiaries”, if you can even call them such. Museums would have a more authentic smell and libraries, well, I have no idea. Go buy a book perfume and spray it around if the smell is so great. But conducting some kind if scientific experiment for this seems pointless.

Are you a book smeller? Please say no.

More Books From the White House on the way

Joe and Jill Biden have agreed to a three book deal. I don’t know what others are looking forward to in these books, but there’s really only one thing I’m interested in reading about. What it was like for Joe Biden to not run for president, and then see Donald Trump win. I imagine it was a terrible feeling.

Obviously no one can know for sure what would have happened if Biden were the nominee, but it’s extremely difficult to imagine a loss like the one that occurred.

We all know why he didn’t run. His son died. And no one is faulting Joe Biden for what happened. But so many of us are left wondering “What if he’d have run?”.

I’m interested in the books by the Bidens. Are you?

Remaking a Classic

I’m probably the only person who has never read any Stephen King novel and has never seen one of the adaptations from his books all the way through. I’ve seen bits and pieces, but I’ve never sat down and watched from start to finish.

Now It is happening again. Not having seen the original movie or read the book I’ve gathered that there’s a clown terrorizing kids. I think. I’m not sure why or how or what exactly is going on. I do know it’s horror. Right?

I recently watched the trailer for the new movie. To me it looks like any other horror story that involves a single person or thing. Like Chucky. I know he was a killer and usually those single characters are, but I have no idea if this clown is too. I’d assume so. Otherwise what is there to be scared of?

Have I been missing out on It? The book was published thirty years ago. The movie came out shortly thereafter. I know nothing about either.