The Future of eBook Book Markers and Adsense Cometh

The explosion of e-books on the Internet and in Digital libraries around the world is increasing at a staggering rate. Soon the number of books available on the Internet in Digital libraries will exceed that of the Library of Congress. This is because the books will be available in every language, as well as books that are out of print or books that might have been written thousands of years ago. The accumulation of human knowledge in Digital libraries is a wonderful thing.

Protecting the knowledge base of the human race is an extremely noble calling. Companies like Microsoft and Google has spent millions of dollars in funding these digital library initiatives with government agencies and universities to bring these books to the public. In the future I see a time when digital book markers will be created.

This way when you read a book on the Internet, you can click a tab button on the top of the page and it will do two things. First, it will automatically open the bookmark part of your Internet browser so you can save your place; and second, it will put a virtual bookmark or over the page that you were reading, that will help the person who reads books on line to know where they are.

It will be great for students who are doing research and reading many references at the same time and it allows for multiple book marking of course as well. Indeed, the development of such a project will require software engineers and programmers and to pay for it, I imagine that someone like Google will also use the virtual bookmarker as a place for AdSense or perhaps a search bar.

Just trying to think ahead and keep up with the next generation of digital libraries. The future of digital libraries is here to stay. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple, to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.

Best Survival Books to Add to Your Preparedness Library

What you learn by reading survival books can teach you to live after a collapse or major disaster or even save your life. Not everyone has the time to learn everything they need to survive, but books can teach you gardening, canning, dehydrating, hunting and camping, as well as how to identify edible and medicinal wild plants, and how to survive in the wilderness. The time to acquire these books and build your preparedness library is now, before the poo hits the fan.

The first book you should acquire is the SAS Survival Handbook, perhaps one of the best books on survival to include in your bug out bag or backpack. It contains information on how to build a fire, how to build a wilderness survival shelter, how to build an animal trap and even basic first aid.

Books by Experts

You’re not likely to find one book that will give you all the answers to your questions and once you’ve read one book you will realize just how much more there is to learn. Here are some good books to add to your preparedness library.

  • Square Foot Gardening
  • Rodele’s Garden Answers
  • The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
  • Back to Basics
  • Seed Starters Handbook
  • Healing with Herbs - Penelope Cody

You don’t have to buy most of these books brand new. In fact, you would be surprised at how well you can build a survival preparedness library by shopping at thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. Check through those stacks of used books, often selling for $1 or less, for books on:

  • First aid
  • Home remedies
  • Health Care
  • Field Surgery
  • Animal and bird identification
  • Old-time skills
  • Gardening
  • Camping
  • Wilderness survival
  • Construction
  • Raising animals
  • Animal husbandry
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Homeschool textbooks

Survival Fiction

Not all of the best survival books are non-fiction and written as a how-to. Instead they are fiction stories about life during and after an apocalyptic event. Just because these are fiction, you will find that sometimes the best information can be found in fiction novels about survival. These writers have done their research, or even have the experience and training to share their knowledge in an easy to read manner.

You can find fiction books that teach you how to survive:

  • An economic collapse
  • Urban survival tactics
  • Natural disasters
  • Anarchy or breakdown of law and order
  • Outdoor survival in different weather and geographical locations
  • A nuclear, biological, chemical or other type of attack

Some of recommended titles include:

Alas Babylon by Pat Frank – Set in the 1950’s, this was one of the first novels to deal with survival after a nuclear war.

Patriots by James Wesley Rawles – One of the best books on survival that deals with conditions resulting from an economic collapse and the following anarchy

One Second After by William R. Forstchen – An illuminating look at what could happen in small-town America when all electrical power is cut off following an EMP.

Wolf and Iron by Gordon Dickson – Following a total breakdown of law and order, followed by a massive die off of the population, a young man heads across country to find a distant relative. Instead he finds himself, a wolf as a companion, a wife and learns blacksmithing, a craft vital to their survival

The End of the Age by Pat Robertson – For a different look at a Biblical explanation for what could happen in the future

PAW Fiction

Found mostly online, the term PAW fiction includes a large number of short stories and even full-length ebooks about surviving and living in a “post-apocalyptic world”. The nice thing is that most of these stories are free to download and will provide not only hours of reading, but give you an education in many aspects of survival in a wide range of disaster scenarios. The most prolific of these authors are:

  • Jerry D Young
  • Fleataxi
  • Tired Old Man

So whether you prefer to read a book, by holding the book in your hand or like the convenience of an ereader, you can build a preparedness library for very little money, but that could provide the information you will need to survive.

The Fate of the Library in Our Nation

In earlier times, when people had libraries of their own, it was considered a status symbol. For anybody who is an avid reader, a library is a source of inspiration and enjoyment. It is of course a source of information for many, but a great source of pleasure for those who have a reading habit. What is the future of the library as we know it?

The library definitely has a future, but in another form, the digital form. Reading as a hobby is certainly not obsolete, and people are actually reading more with the onset of the internet. There are many who still enjoy holding a book in the hand, turning the pages instead of reading on-screen. The future library will have a different look, as the information on it should cater to certain interested groups, and has to be planned that way.

The libraries in schools need to be made so attractive for the students that they will enjoy spending their time there. Make them into E-libraries, and have it constructed by the school architect. If it has some specially “value-added” qualities, it is natural that students would like to go there to get their information and reading material. It doesn’t matter whether a library is digital or not, it has to cater to the young generation of today who are more familiar with the net than books.

Not only in schools, but also in other educational institutions the digital library should be a good mixture of actual books as well as the IT program. The job of the librarian is to include as many programs as possible, so that access to the virtual and digital world is easy for students. People are not going to stop reading; just the format of presentation will undergo a change.

It is important for every library to realize that if the digital programs are made available with them, the same users who would earlier sift through reference books and spend long hours in the library, will again come back to them for the same information, but now digitalized. Whether they want to see films, watch DVDs or just update information, the library can offer the complete package.

Of course it is expensive to maintain a library full of books, and professionals like librarians, historians and archivists earlier were responsible for the collection and categorizing of books. There are still some people who enjoy reading a book than reading on a laptop. If enough funds are made available for libraries, it may be possible to maintain some old libraries where a qualified librarian can keep the collection up-to-date.

The craze for watching movies is not diminishing, and there are enough members for DVD and CD libraries. Many people are in the habit of downloading music and movies, which is illegal. In the long run, it is better to watch movies from DVD libraries, which most people are doing today.

Hence the future of the library looks exciting in its digital form resembling an activity hub. It will be a major change from the quiet library of the past, because several kinds of environments will be offered, in which each student can learn in his own way. After all, learning is the main aim in a library, and if that is achieved, the means are inconsequential.