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2008-11-18 08:53:11
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"A book is cheap to print and bind. A book is as private and consensual as sex. A book takes time and effort to consume-something that gives a reader every chance to walk away. Actually, so few people make the effort to read that it's difficult to call books a "mass medium." No one really gives a damn about books. No one has bothered to ban a book in decades." Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted (2005)

Whether you agree with Chuck Palahniuk's assertions or not, books are intrinsic to bookshops. Without those hard- and paper-backed offerings, bookshops just wouldn't exist… or would they? Thanks to the ingenuity of the Ovi team, you can download e-books from our online bookshop and thanks to the dedication of the Ovi editors you can download a wide selection of e-books from our online bookshop.

Tentatively, I make the statement: There's something for every taste. 'Every taste' is an extensive list, but then so is the selection of titles and genres in our Bookshop and it will take you a great deal of time to read them all before you can prove my statement right or wrong. I await your email.

Open 24-hours, seven days a week, the Ovi Bookshop has all the home comforts you need because you are browsing from home, at least you should be browsing from home and not surfing non-work related websites during office hours.

New titles include:

The Brotherhood of Al Hadithi by Joseph Ocen

Let Me Go Home by Alexander Mikhaylov

Do you have a book or piece of work that could be added to the Ovi Bookshop? Do you think your ego would enjoy seeing your work on offer to an eager public? Perhaps a book publisher may stumble across your work in our bookshop and offer you a publishing deal - just don't tell us or we'll be incredibly jealous!

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Emanuel Paparella2007-12-26 16:33:54
So we'll read a book on Boxing day being careful of not becoming prisoners of the box of rationalism.
Jung would call it synchronicity: thoughts and ideas recently electronically printed in Ovi coming together in a felicitous comment. Here is an example of that phenomenon: an excerpt from an interview given by Marshall McLuhan in March 1969. It hints at the nexus between the idea of electronic books, the role of the artist in shaping the consciousness of a change of medium, and the age of anxiety of which Auden spoke in his poetry. I’d like to share it with the Ovi readers: (continued below)

Emanuel Paparella2007-12-26 16:38:48
MCLUHAN: “…Man must, as a simple survival strategy, become aware of what is happening to him, despite the attendant pain of such comprehension. The fact that he has not done so in this age of electronics is what has made this also the age of anxiety, which in turn has been transformed into its Doppelgänger--the therapeutically reactive age of anomie and apathy. But despite our self-protective escape mechanisms, the total-field awareness engendered by electronic media is enabling us--indeed, compelling us--to grope toward a consciousness of the unconscious, toward a realization that technology is an extension of our own bodies. We live in the first age when change occurs sufficiently rapidly to make such pattern recognition possible for society at large. Until the present era, this awareness has always been reflected first by the artist, who has had the power--and courage--of the seer to read the language of the outer world and relate it to the inner world.” (continued below)

Emanuel Paparella2007-12-26 16:40:36
INTERVIEWER: Why should it be the artist rather than the scientist who perceives these relationships and foresees these trends?
MCLUHAN: “Because inherent in the artist's creative inspiration is the process of subliminally sniffing out environmental change. It's always been the artist who perceives the alterations in man caused by a new medium, who recognizes that the future is the present, and uses his work to prepare the ground for it. But most people, from truck drivers to the literary Brahmins, are still blissfully ignorant of what the media do to them; unaware that because of their pervasive effects on man, it is the medium itself that is the message, not the content, and unaware that the medium is also the message--that, all puns aside, it literally works over and saturates and molds and transforms every sense ratio. The content or message of any particular medium has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an atomic bomb. But the ability to perceive media-induced extensions of man, once the province of the artist, is now being expanded as the new environment of electric information makes possible a new degree of perception and critical awareness by non artists.”

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