BooksAvenue Forum is up!

Yes we have a forum now!

We have been trying to tackle the problem of creating a usable platform for all our friends and fans to post their Book Swap Requests, selling of second-hand books and all.

With the forum, it will be able to fill the void that the reading community needs. In the past there used to be a website called, secondhandbooks.com.sg. But it seems that it’s gone and no more similar sites after that.

We are still setting up and tying up loose ends. We hope you enjoy this forum as much as we do! 😀

 

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Does e-reading affect critical thinking?

Students were able to make more sense of what they read in print rather than digitally

Do students learn as much when they read digitally as they do in print?

For both parents and teachers, knowing whether computer-based media is improving or compromising education is a question of concern. With the surge in popularity of e-books, online learning and open educational resources, investigators have been trying to determine whether students do as well when reading an assigned text on a digital screen as on paper.

The answer to the question, however, needs far more than a yes-no response.

 

READING IN PRINT VERSUS DIGITALLY

An experiment showed that students felt they concentrated better when reading on paper, even though they took a longer time when compared to reading in a digital format. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

 

In my research, I have compared the ways in which we read in print and on-screen. Between 2013 and last year, I gathered data from 429 university students drawn from five countries – the US, Japan, Germany, Slovenia and India.

 

The students in my study reported that print was aesthetically more enjoyable, saying things such as “I like the smell of paper” or that reading in print was “real reading”.

What was more, print gave them a sense of where they were in the book – they could “see” and “feel” where they were in the text.

Print was also judged to be easier on the eyes and less likely to encourage multitasking. Almost half the participants complained about eye strain from reading digitally (“my eyes burn”), and 67 per cent indicated they were likely to multitask while reading digitally – compared with 41 per cent when reading print.

At the same time, respondents praised digital reading on a number of counts, including the ability to read in the dark, ease of finding material (“plenty of quick information”), saving paper and even the fact that they could multitask while reading.

MEASURING LEARNING

But the bigger question is whether students are learning as much when they read on-screen.

To become proficient in critical thinking – at least in a literate society – students need to be able to handle text. The text may be long, complex or both. To make sense of it, students cannot skim, rush ahead or continually get distracted. So, does reading in print versus on-screen build critical thinking skills?

A number of researchers have sought to measure learning by asking people to read a passage of text, either in print or on a digital device, and then testing for comprehension. Most studies have found that participants scored about the same when reading in each medium, though a few have indicated that students performed better on tests when they read in print.

The problem, however, with learning-measurement studies is that their notion of “learning” has tended to be simplistic. Reading passages and answering questions afterwards may be a familiar tool in standardised testing, but tells us little about any deeper level of understanding.

Some researchers are beginning to pose more nuanced questions, including one scholar who has considered what happens when people read a story in print or on a digital device and are then asked to reconstruct the plot sequence.

The answer: Print yielded better results.

Another aspect of learning is to see how outcomes differ when students are doing their reading in less prescriptive experimental conditions. One study let students choose how much time to spend when reading on each platform. The researchers found that participants devoted less time to reading the passage on-screen – and performed less well on the subsequent comprehension test.

This finding is hardly surprising, given the tendency so many of us have to skim and search when going online, rather than reading slowly and carefully. In my study, one student commented: “It takes more time to read the same number of pages in print compared to digital.”

Another complained: “It takes me longer because I read more carefully.”

CRITICAL THINKING AND READING

How does the learning question relate to educational goals? There is much buzz today about wanting students to be good at critical thinking. Definitions of that goal are elusive, but it’s pretty clear they involve being able to understand complex ideas, evaluate evidence, weigh alternative perspectives and construct justifiable arguments.

To become proficient in critical thinking – at least in a literate society – students need to be able to handle text. The text may be long, complex or both. To make sense of it, students cannot skim, rush ahead or continually get distracted.

So, does reading in print versus on-screen build critical thinking skills?

The comprehension studies we talked about earlier tell us little about the kind of reading we recognise as necessary for serious contemplation or analysis. An alternative approach, at least for starters, is asking students about their digital and paper-based reading patterns – much as physicians ask for histories to figure out what ails their patients.

While my own study didn’t directly measure learning, it did query students about their reading patterns and preferences. The responses to some of my questions were particularly revealing.

When asked on which medium they felt they concentrated best, 92 per cent replied “print”.

For long academic readings, 86 per cent favoured print. Participants also reported being more likely to re-read academic materials if they were in print.

What is more, a number of students indicated they believed print was a better medium for learning.

One said: “It’s easier to focus.” Others stated that “(I) feel like the content sticks in the head more easily” and “I feel like I understand it more.” By contrast, in talking about digital screens, students noted “danger of distraction” and “no concentration”.

Obviously, student perceptions are not the same thing as measurable learning outcomes. And my research didn’t probe connections between reading platforms and critical thinking.

However, a pattern did emerge: Print stood out as the medium for doing serious work.

DIGITAL IS CONVENIENT AND CHEAPER

At the same time, we cannot ignore other factors impacting students’ decisions about what reading platform to chose for school work.

Convenience is one big consideration: More than 40 per cent of participants in my study mentioned convenience (including easy access to materials) as what they liked most about reading on-screen.

Money is another variable. Students were highly conscious about differential prices for print and digital versions of reading materials, with cost often driving choice. As one student put it: “Cost rules everything around me.”

Many students revealed a mismatch between finances and learning. When queried about which reading platform they would choose if cost were the same, 87 per cent said “print” for academic work.

ADAPTING TO DIGITAL LEARNING

We need to keep in mind the growing trend for universities to adapt their curricula to fit the proverbial “procrustean” bed of a digital world – a world tailor-made for skimming, scanning and using the “find” function rather than reading slowly and thoughtfully.

Professors now toy with ditching long or complex reading assignments in favour of short (or more straightforward) ones, moving closer to digital reading patterns in the non-academic world. This world hypes condensed versions of texts and shorter reading material that is bite-sized to begin with.

The question, then, is how can universities help students read text thoughtfully, reflectively, and without distraction on digital devices?

One key could be adaptation. Research suggests students may be overconfident about what they are understanding when they read digitally. Teaching them to be mindful in their digital reading (for instance, by writing down key words from the reading) may help in learning.

Another form of adaptation is happening in the realm of digital hardware and software.

Modern screens cause less eye strain, and annotation programs continue to improve. Some digital reading devices now come with tools enabling them to digitally approximate physical page flipping and multiple place-marking.

However, in my view, while short-and-to-the-point may be a good fit for digital consumption, it’s not the sort of reading likely to nurture the critical thinking we still talk about as a hallmark of university education.

•The writer is the executive director of the Centre for Teaching, Research and Learning at American University. This article first appeared in The Conversation (http://theconversation.com), a website which carries analyses by academics and researchers.

 

 

Taken from : http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/does-e-reading-affect-critical-thinking

Book Swap Singapore 2016

This Book Swapping concept is not new, in fact, it is a big thing in other countries. Singapore is still catching up as there is still not a strong reading culture here in Singapore. Thus BooksAvenue is started to assist in cultivating of the habit of reading. That said, our Book Swapping services are to facilitate swappers at absolutely no cost!

On top of that please REMEMBER, you can choose to SWAP BACK for your titles that you have sent out previously. Please indicate your intentions clearly to avoid miscommunications. For more details, please read over at our page on Book Swap details

In conjunction with National Reading Movement, and given the changes in demographics of clients and technological landscape, we decided that subsequent book swaps from now on will be done on the Facebook page.

The National Reading Movement is a 5-year campaign by the National Library Board (NLB) to encourage all to Read More, Read Widely and Read Together. NLB will be running programmes to engage more adults to read, promote reading in mother tongue languages and collaborate with the community to build a vibrant reading culture in Singapore. Everyone can also look forward to the inaugural National Reading Day on 30 July with exciting reading activities island-wide.

The page https://booksavenue.co/free-swap/book-swap/https://booksavenue.co/free-swap/book-swap/ will remain the same for reference and record for the past swappers.

So feel free to post book swaps over our Facebook page to look for other books to read!

In other news, the team of BooksAvenue is very much alive still! There are some life events coming up in the year of 2016. The founders of BooksAvenue are getting married, preparing for wedding dinner, house renovation and going on a holiday soon.

Likewise on an ending note, we have also included some of the book swap links available in Singapore. This is taken from here, of which we are featured in the post.

Cheers guys! Thank you for your support! We BooksAvenue is very happy to be part of the reading community! 😀

 

1. Books and Beer

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This is a travelling book swap like no other. The exchange takes place at different venues each time for around three hours and readers can bring up to 10 used books. And yes, you can grab a beer and mingle with others at the event while you browse for your next find.

Their next event is on July 23 in conjunction with the National Library Board’s Read! Fest 2016. More info here.

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2. Togetherly Book Exchange

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Head over to Isetan Orchard, Wisma Atria from now until June 30 for a  pop-up market that includes something special for bookworms. The Togetherly Book Exchange is a social movement that has gained a following in the country since it started. All you have to do is bring a book, wrap it up, leave a note for the next reader, and exchange it for another book. Find out more here.

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3. BooksAvenue

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Do you have a book you REALLY love and are not willing to trade it just yet but you are definitely looking for new reads? BooksAvenue gives you the option to swap books and get them back (a “swap back”, as they put it) after you’re done reading. Find out how it works here.

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4. Ruxubooks’ Book Exchange

Mandarin readers will love this book exchange. Instead of just leaving your pre-loved books and picking up new ones, you are encouraged to share your reading experience and meet new friends at this event on July 2. Register your interest to join the discussion here.

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5. Book swop corner in Yishun

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If you live in the northern part of Singapore, you don’t have to travel far for your next book fix. Nee-Soon Town Council has a convenient book exchange corner at Block 290 Yishun Street 22 where you can donate your books and spread the joy of reading. The cheery little “Share a Book” shelf is right outside the office, so you won’t miss it.

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6. Singapore Really Really Free Market

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If you’re feeling generous and want to give your books away for free with no strings attached, they might find new home at the Singapore Really Really Free Market. Just bring them to the monthly event and remember to check if they are still there by the end of the day. (You’ll need to collect them if no one takes them home.)

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7. Project EARTH Book Exchange

In partnership with the National Library Board, this exchange aims to promote reusing of books and reading. As a whole initiative, Project EARTH hopes Singapore will move towards becoming a zero waste nation. What better what than to start with books! Look out for their events here.

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By Muneerah Bee, June 2016

 

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Why Should We Still Read Expensive Ebooks?

Nobody loves to spend more money on something that is overvalued, or worse, inflated value. Having read through the ‘Are Ebooks Really Cheaper?‘, it begs another question, why should we still read expensive ebooks?

Here are the top 5 points:

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  1. Ebooks can be printable: and thereby give a reader most or all of the advantages of a paper-based book. If a bigger printed font size is preferred, buy the ebook and print it out. By spending more, one has the option to choose the font size.

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  2. Not all Ebooks are expensive, in fact, there are free Ebooks. The magnificent work of Project Gutenberg, and other online public libraries allow readers to read the classics at no cost.

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  3. Ebooks may allow the option for the addition of multimedia: still images, moving images, and sound. Why not pay a bit more for a richer content to enjoy it better?

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  4. Ebooks defeat attempts at censorship. All these works were banned: Analects by Confucius. Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Ars Amorata by Ovid. Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio by John Milton. The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne. Wonder Stories by H.C. Andersen. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Ulysses by James Joyce. … Many of these books were confiscated, burned, or denied availability in libraries, bookstores and schools. Ebooks guarantee that readers maintain their right to read.

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  5. Of course, no trees are required to manufacture paper for the pages of ebooks. Not to mention, ebooks will not crumble and wrinkled like paper. Why not pay a bit more to ensure the substitutability of this reading habit?

 

With the above points, BooksAvenue hopes to give you some perspectives and ideas why we should go for ebooks rather than printed books even when it is slightly more expensive.

New Changes In Coming 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to take this chance to wish all our readers and friends, Merry Xmas and a Happy 2016!

Team BooksAvenue is preparing for 2016. Plans are drawn up and changes will be made. And we are ecstatic with the upcoming changes.

2015 has been a fruitful year for us. Many changes were introduced and more positive results were obtained, especially a higher spike in readership. This is a confirmation that we are on the right track! We are very motivated by such and will continue to work even harder to bring the literature world closer to you.

Coming 2016, we will be changing our tagline, or slogan. Currently it is, “Our Books, Your Convenience”. As the retail side has been shut down, we think that this slogan is very much outdated. We will be coming up with a more relevant slogan to capture the epitome of our project, BooksAvenue. More will be revealed in the days to come. This will be accompanied with a change of logo too.

Secondly, we are thrilled to announce that we will be venturing into the world Chinese paintings. Yes we will be selling Chinese paintings imported from all around the world, largely by Singapore and China artists. The paintings will be captured and displayed on our website, and Q0010 site too.

That being said, we will be starting up a new section on our page to depict and explain ways to appreciate chinese paintings, the history and the artist.

This is gonna be exciting! Stay tuned. Thank you for all your support!! 🙂

BookFest 2015

BookFest@ Singapore has established itself as Singapore’s largest and most successful book festival over the past eight years. In 2015, the annual mega book and stationery event will return for the ninth year running, targeting book lovers, retailers, distributors, students, educators, families and working professionals.

This event seeks to expand horizons through a greater exchange of knowledge, culture and ideas. Since its inauguration in 2006, it has seen a three-fold increase in visitors to this one-stop event, offering a comprehensive range of the best and latest publications, stationery, electronic peripherals, gadgets & IT products and educational aids. This event expects an average of half a million visitors with multitude of reading and learning opportunities for all, new releases, local and overseas author appearances, educational talks and guest appearances by celebrities.

Returning to Suntec Singapore from 4 – 13 December 2015, BookFest@Singapore 2015 will take place across two weekends during the school holidays. Covering 120,000 sq ft, the event serves as a perfect retail platform for leading publishers and distributors to come together, showcasing their products and services.

Introducing a brand new and exciting concept this year is the Titbits Carnival which will be held on Level 3 concourse, 6 – 13 December 2015. Titbit lovers will be in for a treat as bargains range from imported snacks to organic chips and local favourites. Definitely a delicious fanfare one can never miss!

 

Announcement of change in business

With effect from 1st January 2016, BooksAvenue will cease the online retail book sales. This helps to realign BooksAvenue’s core business to fulfill both local and international market’s demands.

However, the previous posts of physical books will still be available for perusal.

Secondly, we are seeking online writers to help to contribute to our site. Every written article will be paid, depending on the quality. Interested parties please write in to booksavenue@yahoo.com.sg

Lastly, BooksAvenue wishes all a HAPPY 2016 and thank everyone for your strong support all these years. ^ ^

 

 

Buy Kindle Books in Singapore and Malaysia

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Previously we have discussed how to buy kindle in Singapore and Malaysia.  In this post, we are going to talk about how to buy Kindle books in Singapore as well as buy Kindle books in Malaysia, both countries use the same method, let’s just refer to Singapore. As Amazon does not ship Kindle to Singapore, of course, Kindle books are not available to Singapore too.

This tutorial will be showing you on how to buy English Kindle book at US Amazon, if you are interest in buying Chinese Kindle book, here is a separate tutorial  on how to buy Chinese Kindle book at China Amazon.

How are we going to buy Kindle books in Singapore?  You can buy it through a computer or directly from your Kindle, but you need to do some “settings” before buying any book.  There are many Kindle users in Singapore, some of them manage to purchase Kindle books as normal without any problem; but some are not so lucky because their purchase transaction was blocked by Amazon (it usually happen when Amazon detected that you are not buying the books in US or your payment was not made via US credit card.).

We will show you how to buy Kindle books in Singaporeusing both methods: the “normal way” (do it at your own risk) and the “risk-free” method.

Before you start to buy any books for your Kindle, you should have registered your Kindle using your Amazon account.  After you have registered your Kindle, you need to do TWO things:

1. Change Your Kindle Country Settings:
If you do not change the country settings, whenever you search for any book in Amazon.com, it will displays a message “This title is not available for customers from your location in: Asia & Pacific”, and you are unable to buy the book.

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– Go to Amazon.com and log into your account.
– At the right top drop down menu, select “Manage Your Kindle”.
– You will see “Your Kindle Account” at the left panel, select “Country Settings”.
– Make sure you change it to “United States”. (Generate a US address here, and make sure your address is from these tax-free states:Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, Delaware and Oregon)

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If you search for any kindle title again, it should now available for purchase:

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2. Load money into your Amazon account with Amazon Gift Card.

This is the prepaid fund (known as Gift Card Balance) in your Amazon account, each time you buy a Kindle book, it will deduct from your Gift Card Balance.  The purpose of using Gift Card Balance is to avoid unnecessary risk for Amazon to detect your purchase is made by non-US credit card.  So, it is recommended that you should use Gift Card Balance even if you are using the “normal way” to buy Kindle books in Singapore.  Furthermore, the Gift Card Balance in you Amazon account has no expiry date, you only need to top up again when the balance is low. Refer the following steps to buy Amazon Gift Cards:

– Visit Amazon Gift Card Store
– Select the amount. Say $50 or $100 or more if you buy a lot of books.
– Enter your own email as Recipient E-mail.
– Click purchase.
– Enter your credit/debit card details if requested.
– Enter billing address if requested.
– Place your order and the Amazon Gift Card will be sent to your designated email address.
– Login to your email account to access the Amazon Gift Card. (sometimes it may take a while to reach you)
– Click the “Redeem now” button in the Gift Card.
– It will redirect you to the Amazon account.
– Login and click the “Apply to Your Account” button.
– The money is now loaded into your Amazon Gift Card Balance.
– You can set a US address to your billing address or “1-Click settings” in your Amazon account. (you can get a US address here, if the address shows invalid, just generate another address)

IMPORTANT: REMEMBER TO KEEP A RECORD OF THE ADDRESS (ESPECIALLY POSTAL CODE AND TELEPHONE NUMBER) YOU ENTERED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

You may consider to do this extra step to delete your credit/debit card information from Amazon account after purchase the Gift Card:
– Go to your Amazon account, select “Manage Payment Option”.
– Delete the card details.

Now we are ready to buy some books for our Kindles.

A. How to Buy Kindle Books in Singapore – THE NORMAL WAY
You can now search for any book title in the Amazon website and “Buy now with 1-Click” and have the book deliver to your Kindle, or you can connect to wifi and access the Kindle store to buy book directly from your Kindle device.  Try this at your own risk, I have tried this without any problem but some claimed that this method does not work for them, then you need to look at the 2nd method written below. (some Amazon accounts may get suspended)

B. How to Buy Kindle Books in Singapore – THE RISK-FREE METHOD
With this method, it is advisable not to buy book directly from your Kindle device.  You will need a VPN installed on your computer, and buy books using your computer only.
The Amazon can detect your location through your computer IP address. (you can simply see your IP address at the upper right corner of our website).
By using a VPN, it will mimic your computer IP address into a US address (your computer location will display as United State instead of Singapore).  The steps are quite easy, just refer to the following:

– Visit this link: Private Tunnel VPN, sign up is FREE, and you will get a FREE 200MB 100MB data after signed up the account, you may also consider to get the 50G data plan which only cost USD12. If you are using this just to buy Kindle books, 50G data will last you for many years and the data has no expiry date. Furthermore, Private Tunnel works on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.
– After signing up the account, download the VPN software and install.
– Login and connect.

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– Go to Amazon Kindle Book Store and search for the book title you want to buy.
– Buy the book and download it by “Transfer via Computer” which you will need to transfer the book to your Kindle via USB cable, OR
– Have the book “Deliver to” your Kindle directly. (so far, we did not hear that anyone facing problem with direct deliver to Kindle when using VPN and Gift Card).
– After you bought the book, do remember to disconnect the VPN.
– That’s all. You should be able to download the book in your Kindle after few minutes or less.

 

 

Taken from : http://www.singaboleh.com/buy-kindle-books-in-singapore-and-malaysia/

Will be back soon

It’s been a while and we have not been updating much.

Technology has changed how business is done. And we are in the midst of brainstorming.

Still you can reach us on Facebook, or simply drop us an email.

Nonetheless, we are posting this to show that we are still alive!

Thank you for your support! 😀

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