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E-Books on the Rise Again?

Just a few years ago, people were touting e-books as the future of the publishing industry. Through these portable electronic devices, individuals could read entire books without amassing a large collection of tattered paperbacks. Despite all the hoopla, e-books never really took off. Now, one company is hoping to take the technology to the next level.

Just this past month, Discovery Communications (the company behind the Discovery Channel and TLC) was awarded a US patent for a new e-book invention. Though Discovery has been mum on the details, the patent application describes the device as “a new way to distribute books and other textual information to bookstores, libraries and consumers”. The patent is not just for the book-shaped electronic reader itself, but also for an entire electronic library system. Discovery notes in the patent information: ”Not since the introduction of Gutenberg’s movable typeset printing has the world stood on the brink of such a revolution in the distribution of text material. The definition of the word ‘book’ will change drastically in the near future.”

The news of Discovery’s patent certainly perked the ears of Amazon, the maker of the Kindle, a portable electronic device that enables users to get book, magazine and newspaper content instantly. The device was released this past fall after three years in development, and it features a display that resembles real paper. It also offers a large selection of books, giving users access to about 80 percent of current New York Times bestsellers (which cost $9.99 each to download). A keyboard allows users to make notes, highlight text and bookmark pages. Of course, the downside of the Kindle is its price tag of $399 – not exactly attractive to readers used to buying books for around $10 or borrowing them from the library.

The other major obstacle faced by e-books is the question of whether people really want to let go of books. So far, the question remains unanswered. While e-books haven’t thus far lit the industry on fire, they have seen their sales figures increase exponentially in the past few years. But books still have several benefits e-books haven’t been able to match. For one thing, they’re durable. A paperback can get buried in the sand and simply be brushed off, while a $400 electronic device filled with sand could be catastrophic. Secondly, books remain a reflection of personality. Personal libraries remind people of books they’ve read and may want to return to – just like record or movie collections.

Still, e-books do offer intriguing possibilities all their own. For one thing, they give people the ability to get new books in minutes while lying in bed or riding the bus. Secondly, they save space and paper. For the frequent traveler the e-book is much more convenient than lugging around a dozen paperbacks or stopping at each airport book store to add another couple pounds to a carry-on. With e-books, content is instant, bulk is minimal and travel is easy. Ultimately, the widespread acceptance of e-books comes down to whether the benefits of the new technology will outweigh the old. Certainly, e-books must become more affordable and the content available must become limitless. But perhaps Discovery will be the company to make that happen.

3 Easy to Remember Travel Safety Tips

While traveling, you want to be as safe as possible, regardless of whether you are traveling a few miles for a camping trip or thousands of miles to a different country. Here are three easy to remember travel safety tips to help you along your way.

Know Your Location

It is essential that you know your location whenever you travel, whether locally and especially in other countries. Before leaving home, do some research into the area you will travel to and stay. You need to know the crime rate, where the hospitals are and how to get a hold of local area emergency personnel if the need should arise. If you are staying at a hotel make sure you see if they have a TV channel dedicated to hotel news. This might come in handy if an emergency arises. It is also a great idea to know what floor you are on as well as location of all the emergency stairwells. This is the first place you should head if there is an emergency in the hotel.

Secure and Conceal Finances

Regardless of the distance you may travel or where you may spend your leisure, you need to secure and conceal your finances. While vacationing, if you have access to a safe, make good use of it by keeping your money, traveler checks and credit cards concealed and secure. Usually the better hotels have a digital safe where you can put your belongings. Usually you have to create a password so make sure whatever password you create you will remember it. A suggestion would be to use a birthday of your children or spouse.

Make Copies of Important Documents

You may not always think of them, but you always have to have all your important documents. Whether or not you are traveling, you should always make copies of important documents and this is especially true while traveling abroad as well as locally. Some documents you may need to copy include any licenses, driver license, fishing or hunting licenses and so on. Insurance documents, birth certificates, passports, medical records or shot records.

Consider making copies of the front and back of any credit cards, you carry with you. Also creating a traveling or touring program for your trip that outlines your plans of destination, and then making a copy of it to leave with a friend or family member while you are away is always a good and safe idea.

Flight Simulator Games Bring the News to Life

Flight simulator games can bring the news to life. Many subjects and locations are discussed in the news and on television, in books and magazines, and of course in everyday conversations. With flight simulator games, it is possible to visit these locations and spur an interest in learning more. This article explores that relationship between having knowledge of an area and developing an interest in things that happen in that location.

One of the advantages that I had as a young student was travel. It may have been limited by the standards of today, but it was extensive for the time and has inspired my interest to this day. When it comes to discussions of the federal government my recollection of the Capital and the White House drove my desire to study it. When the discussion turned to George Washington, my recollection of Mt Vernon kicked in. Be it the Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA or Colorado Springs, CO having some knowledge of the area gave those particular sites and those in the vicinity life.

With flight simulator games, it is possible to visit locations without leaving home. While it is not possible to feel the ground under your feet, the interest generated by the visit and access to the internet it is possible to explore the sites in great detail once the interest is generated. I find it interesting to fly to or over locations that pop up in the news. While it is possible to do some of the things with a simple globe or map it seems to bring a greater degree of realism to know how to get there, how far it is from this town or that landmark. It helps memorize it when the detail that is available with the optional maps is included in the experience.

Often when a place is mentioned on the news I may have some idea where it is, but often it comes with some surprise as to its exact location. Seeing the location and detail of the area it is often possible to get a feel of what it is like to live there. Is it near a river, lake or stream? Is it in the mountains or is the area desert like? All of these things add to the interest that can be developed about a location and this works for locations in this country and anywhere in the world.

If something comes up about the Eiffel Tower, The English Channel, The Panama Canal, Egypt, you quickly discover that they are locations that can be explored. Locations with similar sounding names like Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon or even places that look more like typos like such as Oregon, Wisconsin are all locations that can be explored. When you can put a face on a location, you can develop an interest in what goes on there, the people and the location. While the maps do not update as soon as an event happens, it adds to the experience to know where the latest tornadoes or hurricanes are causing destruction and interruption in the lives of people. Locate that new plant opening with new jobs? It is possible to get a feel for exactly where it is located.

Keep yourself and those you love in the game. Have fun while exploring the planet that we share with all the other people on earth. With a flight simulator game, you can get in the game. Visit my site on flight simulator games and explore more of my articles.