What are your favorite books?

  • When was the last time you took advantage of your local library?  In college, I worked in two libraries on the campus of Indiana University, the main School of Music library and the Archives of Traditional Music.  I enjoyed both of these jobs.

    At the School of Music library, one of my jobs was to digitize their vast sound recording collection for use over the computer system.  Students would not need to check out the physical copy of the record or CD to listen to a song.  It was a great job because I got to listen to all of this wonderful music and get paid for it.

    Now, it’s amazing how much library material can be consumed electronically.  These are many e-books available in the library system which can be checked out online and read on the computer or on any e-reader device, such as an ipad or Kindle.  Not every book is available, but many, many are.

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    One thing I’ve enjoyed is the ability to read very large volumes on a light-weight device which fits in my purse.  That keeps me from having to hold a physical paper book to read when my hands hurt.  My ipad can be propped up and all I have to do to turn a page is swipe my finger across the screen every once in a while.  Very RA friendly.

    April 14-20, 2013 is National Library Week with the theme of “Communities matter.”  Our online community is important and definitely matters for many people.  One of the benefits is the sharing of information and knowledge.  

    Keeping the importance of libraries in mind, I’d like to ask you to share your favorite health-related books or sources?  What do you like to read?


    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.


Published On: April 18, 2013