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Welcome New Member - Our First Giveaway!

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IT occurred to me as I sat down to write this introduction to our inaugural Book Club members that the title represented something of a conundrum.
Even my position as Book Club Director could be construed as inaccurate.
After all, we’re not reading any books, are we? The premise of NoteStream has little to do with dusty bookshelves or the evocative smell when you open a crinkled, wonderfully sepia-stained Famous 5 paperback for the first time since you were seven and double over with nostalgia for lashings of ginger beer.
It’s about crystal clear type illuminated in a slab of cold, hard steel.


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Welcome New Member - Our First Giveaway!

A Conundrum

IT occurred to me as I sat down to write this introduction to our inaugural Book Club members that the title represented something of a conundrum.

Even my position as Book Club Director could be construed as inaccurate.

After all, we’re not reading any books, are we? The premise of NoteStream has little to do with dusty bookshelves or the evocative smell when you open a crinkled, wonderfully sepia-stained Famous 5 paperback for the first time since you were seven and double over with nostalgia for lashings of ginger beer.

Not Exactly A Book…

It’s about crystal clear type illuminated in a slab of cold, hard steel.

Questions

By the same token, question marks may very well be raised about our virtual pub, The Three Jolly Bargemen, and the Pemberely Tea Shop we will be opening soon for our members to chat about Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

A friend helpfully pointed out there wouldn’t have been a tea shop in Austen’s time, not even a tea shoppe, and certainly not somewhere young women would meet out in public to discuss their Darcys.

The Three Jolly Bargemen near Pip’s home in the Kent marshes in Great Expectations was a rough place unlikely to be frequented by anyone sipping on virtual lemon drop martinis and sharing their literary insights.

Evolution

But I’d like to think we would still like to visit these places, even in their 2016 virtual incarnations, and dream we were living in simpler times, just as I hope we will always read, notwithstanding the means we use to do it.

Through streaming, music of all types is now available to a wider, more representative audience than ever before. But people still love and collect vinyl.

Television has become archaic in a nanosecond as new generations turn to their computers and now increasingly, their smartphones. But people still go to the theater.

Fading Away

The day of the book - real books - is over, too, however nostalgic we may feel about them. First small bookshops and then the giants that had gobbled them up are all swiftly disappearing from the face of the high street and will gradually fade from the online stores in favor of e-versions. But we can still treasure them.

Stolen Moments

Occasionally, just occasionally,

when the everyday chaos dials down for a few, precious moments, we can immerse ourselves in the touch and, more than anything else, the smell of an old book and cosy up on the sofa on a dark, cold night to read under the lamplight and remember how life used to be.

The next morning it will be back to the non-stop immediacy of 21st Century life and a diary ruled by smartphones and the best chance we have of a brief sojourn back in time is a classic, gorgeously-written novel serialized on an app.

Opportunities

The imagination can still fly when you’re sitting crushed on a subway or tube or whiling away a few minutes while you wait for a friend in a bar. Or a tea shoppe.

Reading is the most important thing. It’s all very well looking at complex political stories boiled down to bite-sized chunks on a news app or pouring over extended captions that now substitute for what used to be thoughtfully produced magazines.

Fitting In

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Fitting In

The answer is to find a way, as NoteStream has done, to make reading comfortable on an iPhone. Comfortable enough to read full, detailed, informative, colorful articles about things that matter and sometimes things that don’t.

Or, mark my words, we will lose reading as well as books.

It will become outdated and perceived by the youngsters as kind of quaint, like phones tied to the wall and ordnance survey maps.

Our Hope

That’s the reason we hope you will enjoy reading these great classics -and our original novels like iCandidate - on this app.

Not because we have anything against books, but because we love reading and we revere the places they can take us.

I’m guessing that if you’ve gone as far as to splash out to pay the 99 cents annual book club membership fee you already have a sense of what I’m writing. But just in case you doubt our kindred spirit towards the real thing we are offering as the prize in our first competition a 19th Century edition of Dickens’ David Copperfield.

David Copperfield

This could be yours....

David Copperfield

It is seriously sepia tinted, it would be hopeless trying to read on a train and has been around longer than any human alive.

But it brings back the past in ways that a flip phone will never manage in a million years.

Tell us where you read your installments of Pride and Prejudice or Great Expectations (or both!) on NoteStream and the most interesting entry will win this battered but beautiful relic we still recognize as a book. Enter your answers in the reviews below.

If that doesn’t interest you, we have some Jane Austen tattoos (seriously!) that will be up for grabs in another contest we’re planning.

Welcome…and good reading.