The Questia Online Library

I’m a bibliophile.  I don’t read books, I devour them.  Though there’s nothing like holding a real book in your hands, there are times when an online book has its advantages.  First of all, you can read books that are rare or are no longer in print.  Secondly, it’s convenient to have instant access to books; you don’t have to get out in the rain and you don’t have to worry about the opening and closing times of the library or bookstore.  Michael Pastore elaborates more on this concept with 30 Benefits of Ebooks.

Since my passion involves reading lots of non-fiction, research papers, newspapers, magazines, etc. and very little fiction and novels, I’m always on the lookout for a good  source of Ebooks.  My dream would be to sit and read all day in a university research library, but since I can’t do that with 3 young children, I have to settle for Questia.  Questia is a full-text online library with access to over 77,000 books, 4 million articles, and 250 respectable publishers such as John Wiley & Sons and Oxford University Press.

Of course access to such a source is not free, in fact you have to pay a subscription, but that is perfectly fine with me.  I don’t mind paying for things that work.  Questia works.  For around $99 dollars a year you get access to all the sauce I mentioned above.  Not bad considering that for about $8 to $9 dollars a month you get complete access to books and journals that are of research caliber.  Well worth the cost in my opinion.

Last refuge of a bibliophile

So, Sharkette sent me out to pick up some soap at Sam’s Club today.  Personal hygiene is exceedingly important, especially if you are in charge of multiple babies prone to spit, vomit, and poop.  Driving past the Decatur Public Library, out of the corner of my little eye, I spied:

Decatur Public Library

A book sale, oh my!!!

To the true bibliophile, they might as well have given gasoline to an arsonist or handed out Bud Light at an AA meeting: a used book sale sign gets them every time.  I immediately commenced a U-turn maneuver, doubled-parked, and blocked in the Book Mobile.  Actually, I didn’t do any of those things, I just said that for dramatic effect.  But I did decide to investigate the book sale while grabbing my handy Friends of the Decatur Public Library canvas tote bag!

The badge of honor

You see when you carry around a canvas tote bag, whose sale supports your local library, you automatically say to the world, “I can read, and I promote literacy.”

Books, books, and more books!

As I walked through the doors I got a welcome surprise:  today was fill-up-a-grocery-paper-bag-with-books-for-$5-dollars-each day!  Not only that, it was Non-Fiction Day!  Say it ain’t so, librarian?  Some of you might know that I’m a huge fan of non-fiction, so this was pretty much close to bibliophile nirvana for me.

Non-Fiction FTW!

I felt like a bandit hauling away three bags worth of books for only $15 dollars, but this was truly a win-win situation for everybody involved.  The Friends of the Decatur Library got some more cash to support their operations, and I got thousands of pages worth of reading.  What was even more encouraging was the amount of people, including plenty of children, that were hauling away books.  It’s heart-warming to know that in this age of cellphones, the internet, and television, people still enjoy turning the pages of a good book!


my non-fiction haul!!!