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Audible Makes Hundreds of Titles Free Amid Coronavirus Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, millions of individuals and families are forced to remain at home in an effort to flatten the curve. Fulfilling work and school tasks at home is the new reality for most, and many are grappling with the new challenges of what it means to socially isolate during a global health crisis.

While many are trying to lessen the blow and support small businesses by purchasing take-out, delivery, and gift cards, some familiar media companies are doing their part to help make social isolation a little bit more bearable.

 

For your time at home with your families, Audible is offering hundreds of audiobooks for free. This comes in an effort to help parents with children home from school, and the company is hoping to assist in keeping families calm and entertained. The announcement of Audible’s new terms came with the promise that “For as long as schools are closed, we are open.”

 

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The vast array of titles is divided into six categories: Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics and Folk & Fairy Tales for All. The audiobooks are available to stream on all devices.

In these rapidly changing times, it can be comforting to ground yourself in a story, new or old. Definitely check out all Audible has to offer.

 

 

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Bookspot of the Week: Blackwell’s Broad Street of Oxford

Although most retailers have temporarily shuttered their doors to the public in the wake of the pandemic, we still want to shine a light on some of the incredible bookspots around the world for you to visit when the travel ban is lifted. So cozy up with a warm tea and dive into our conversation with sales manager Dave Kelly of Blackwell’s Broad Street in Oxford.

How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality?

We opened over 140 years ago, so it’s a bit difficult to recollect, but I do know that it had been the dream of Benjamin Henry Blackwell to open a bookshop in Oxford even though some people in the book trade doubted the location opposite the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library. On opening an account with Macmillans, Frederick Macmillan said, “Very well Mr. Blackwell, we shall be pleased to open an account with you but I fear you have chosen the wrong side of the street to be successful.”

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What do you feel is unique to your bookstore?

Many quirks, but most notably the Norrington Room which is a cavernous basement that runs beneath Trinity College offering over 3 miles of bookshelves. Many people come into our shop expecting it to be quite small but soon discover its vastness.

If you had infinite space, what might you add to the store?

Although we’re big, we’d always like more space for books… although, if I could do anything I would run an underground tunnel to our two dear neighbors the White Horse and the New Bodleian Library, providing swift access to both liquid and further literary refreshment.

 

How do you feel your bookstore fits into your local community?

Having been in Oxford for so long, which is such a book-loving city, we feel despite the competition that we are the natural second home of all local book lovers and visiting tourists and students.

What does your store offer that a chain or online retailer can’t?

The way our shop is particularly set up means that we have expertise across all subjects from translated fiction and poetry to religion and science, so we’re able to help readers of all ages and abilities. Our Classics bookseller has been with us for fifty years and knows as much as most Oxford Dons! Events are crucial for us, particularly our monthly ‘Philosophy in the Bookshop’ or annual theatre in the bookshop where the local Creation Theatre takes over the Norrington room and performs every evening.

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Do you hand-pick your staff to create a specific environment?

Absolutely a love of books, bookshops, and recommendation is crucial and then we try to align each bookseller with their preferred subject area.

How else do you create a welcoming environment?

There’s a fine line between welcoming and offering assistance whilst allowing our visitors to browse in comfort. We feel as though we manage it well and want the shop to be their shop as much as it is ours.

What about your store do you think appeals to your neighborhood?

The sheer vast range of books, knowledge, and friendliness means that everyone can trust us with anything – quite often not even book related!

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Do you have any staff picks or releases we should watch out for?

We’re slightly biased about Daisy Johnson as she used to be a bookseller with us, but she is truly outstanding, her first two books Fen and Everything Under were brilliant but her new book Sisters is a masterpiece – all our booksellers have been gripped by it and fighting (nicely) over proofreading copies.

Do you tailor your inventory according to your community?

Being so big, some customers expect us to have everything, which of course even we can’t – (although our neighbors the Bodleian Library do!) We’re still really lucky to be able to offer choice in all areas though, and part of my job is looking at trends in the shop and adapting the size of sections to suit what our customers want. We’ve recently expanded our Social Science and Philosophy sections, for example, and have provided a more prominent space for memoirs.

 

Is there anything else that you’d like our audience to know?

So many stories from our past, but every book lover should know that we used to also publish books and were the first publisher of J R R Tolkien for his children’s poem Goblin’s Feet. Dorothy Sayers used to be Sir Basil Blackwell’s secretary, too!

There you have it, our wonderful book spot of the week! Don’t you want to teleport there right now? If you have a book place that’s special to you too, contact us through any of our social media platforms and you might just see them here next week!

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Drop Everything, It’s Gryffindor Pride Day and Here Are The Tweets to Prove it

Hey! Gryffindor enthusiast here. I know what you’re thinking: “but are you actually a Gryffindor?” Yes. No, I did not take every sorting hat quiz available on the internet multiple times until I got Gryffindor. Yes, I took the *official* Pottermore quiz, and yes, I got Gryffindor the first time. Settled.

It’s no secret that all Hogwarts Houses have dedicated members with the pride of their loyalties running deep through their veins. Every house has a day to shine, and it’s time for Gryffindors near and far to unite and celebrate. Clearly, I have a lot of love for my house. But trust me, I’m not the only one. Check out these tweets by members of Gryffindor House expressing their pride.

 

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Sing your praises!

 

Gotta love some good lyric changes!

 

 

ALL THE FEELS… 

 

Every time.

make that social distance fun! (and productive of course)

 

Who said you can’t boast your Gryffindor pride while social distancing?

 

 

Loud and Proud!

 

And we love you for it!

 

 

love from ravenclaw 

 

We will throw this love right back to you on your special day!

 

 

quarantine but make it comfy 

 

Yes.

 

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Interactive Journals to Bring You Peace of Mind

Life has undoubtedly been stressful lately as we navigate these uncertain times. Interruptions to our daily routines can definitely be a source of anxiety, one that might leave us feeling a bit restless.

Netflix may be a welcome distraction, but when you’re diligently practicing social distancing and you’ve marathoned four new shows in a week, there comes a definite itch to do something new (I know this itch very well). It’s also very important to look out for the well-being of others and yourself, both mentally and physically! So, why not distract yourself with these awesome interactive journals that will also help you manage one day at a time? After you’ve washed your hands for *at least* twenty seconds, of course. Happy journaling!

How to be happy (or at least less sad): a creative workbook by lee crutchley

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This innovative journal has a plethora of activities to keep your mind fresh and focused on being the best you can be.

 

 

1 page at a time: a daily creative companion by adam j. kurtz

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This “companion” sparks your daily creativity and challenges you to think outside the box. Regular check-ins in the form of thought-provoking activities help you take on life. One day at a time, one page at a time.

Pick me up: a pep talk for now and later by adam j. kurtz

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When you’re feeling a little low, this is a great journal to spend some time on. These pages are rich with gratitude, admiration, and self-love.

 

Start where you are: a journal for self-exploration by meera lee patel

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Explore yourself and everything you can be with this one.

rage page: a journal for the bad days by john t

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Having a bad day? Channel your rage into the pages of this awesome journal- complete with pictures to color in and plenty of lines for all those rage scribbles.

 

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