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Making Ebooks : From WordPress to EPUB

June 7th, 2011 by Mita

This summer the Leddy Library and the Humanities Research Group is sharing some of the Digital Humanities Work currently being done on campus through a Summer Series.

The next brown bag talk this will be on Wednesday, June 15th, running from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at the Leddy Library, and it’s brought to you by myself, Mita Williams, User Experience Librarian at The Leddy Library.

The talk is entitled Making Ebooks : From WordPress to EPUB. Here’s the abstract:

The EPUB ebook format can be read by almost all ebook readers with the exception of the Amazon’s. But you can future-proof your own collection of ebooks by using EPUB – even if you own a Kindle. By using open standards and open source software, you can turn your computer into a bookserver and share your ebooks with others in your home network. Learn how you can create the future of ebooks by creating EPUBs using such tools as Calibre, Sigil, and WordPress.

Hope you can join us!

Looking for something to read? Have we got books for you! Check us out

June 7th, 2011 by Heidi

Summer is the perfect time for indulging in something new and exciting to read. In our main lobby, you’ll see our new Books You Should Read display. Over the past few months, we’ve asked people on campus what 5 books they would recommend on a topic of interest to them. You can check out our display or click on the links below about the 5 Books You Should Read. Happy reading!

Five Books for June: Five Great Novels from 2010 to Read this Summer on a Porch, Patio, Plane, Train or Beach

June 3rd, 2011 by Heidi

5 Great Novels from 2010 to Read this Summer on a Porch, Patio, Plane, Train or Beach  by Heidi Jacobs

Heidi Jacobs is Leddy Library’s subject liaison for English and History.

Summer is the time when many of us get to read what we want to read not what we have to read.  For me, it’s also a time when I am reminded of why I love reading novels.  I love when novels are so vivid that I forget where I am or that time just melts away.  A great novel is one that introduces me to characters who stay in my thoughts when I put the book down.  Here are a few books from the past year that have been those kinds of books for me.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has multiple narrators conveying details about overlapping personal histories.  It looks at art, music, friendships, relationships, how we think about the past and its impact on our present.  It’s an engaging read and innovatively written: it features what might be the only chapter of a novel written in powerpoint slides.  A perfect summer read.

PS 3555 .G292 V57 2010 – 3rd Floor, Main Bldng

The Long Song  by Andrea Levy

From the first lines of the novel, Levy’s narrator captivates you with her story about slavery in Jamaica and the slave rebellion of 1832.  It’s a compelling story about a riveting time in history told through the perspective of a fascinating narrator.  Levy is also the author of Small Island, one of my other favourite books of the past few years.

PR 6062 .E923 L66 2010 – 3rd Floor, Main Bldng

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

You might think the title gives away this novel’s whole story. Daniel “Skippy” Juster does indeed die but the story is much more than plot.  Set in Dublin, this novel examines complex characters and their interactions with each other, their pasts, and their connections (or disconnections) with the Seabrook College for Boys.  I took this book on a trip recently: it was so readable, I hardly minded the  3 flight delays and cancelled flight.

On order

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Author of the beautifully crafted The Hours, Cunningham creates another elegantly written novel.  It’s a novel about art, beauty, love and relationships, family and marriage.  It features some of the most beautifully written sentences I’ve read in a while.   It’s a concise, compelling read.

Leddy Library - PS 3553 .U484 B9 2010 – 3rd Floor, Main Bldng

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

Set in contemporary Sierra Leone, this novel confronts that country’s past and the effects of that past on individual lives.  It weaves together past, present and future through intersecting narratives.  When Forna won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize this month, the judges called it  “a poignant story about friendship, betrayal, obsession and second chances – the novel is an immensely powerful portrayal of human resilience.”  Indeed it is.  I read this on a twelve hour travel day and was glad to have such a great read.

Leddy Library - PR 6106 .O766 M46 2010 – 3rd Floor, Main Bldng