e-books in the News – an update

There have been many developments in the e-book world over the last few months. In May 2012 Waterstones decided to start selling Amazon’s Kindle and on 31st August John Lewis announced its decision to sell Nook e-readers in all its stores.

Here are the latest developments in the world of e-books over the last week:


Researching House History in the Library

This morning Dr Dunn’s 3rd form History class spent a productive lesson researching the History of their boarding houses. They used the big screens and iPads to search the online Dictionary of National Biography and scoured the historical book stock for references to Picton and Hill, Murray and Orange etc. See the photos in the post below.

Did you know that apparently Wellington called Picton:

“a rough, foul-mouthed devil as ever lived”

Griffiths, Arthur. Wellington his comrades and contemporaries.(George Allen, 1897), p319

Man Booker Shortlist Reading Challenge

The Man Booker Prize 2012  shortlist was announced on 11th September:

Tan Twan Eng                   The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)

Deborah Levy                    Swimming Home (And Other Stories / Faber & Faber)

Hilary Mantel                    Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)

Alison Moore                     The Lighthouse (Salt)

Will Self                              Umbrella (Bloomsbury)

Jeet Thayil                          Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)

The winning book will be announced on 16th October. The race is on to read these books before then. Ambitious? Definitely, considering the packed schedule at Wellington College but why not try reading one or two which particularly appeal to you. Join the discussion in the media and with your friends.

Keep up with the book talk:

If you would like to read one of the books immediately come to the Library and we can buy it on the kindle for you.


Top Ten things to do in the Library


Top 10 things to do in the library:

  1. Curl up in a bean bag with a good book.
  2. Read a magazine in the Garden Room.
  3. Play chess.
  4. Do some research using the e-library.
  5. Read a newspaper on an iPad.
  6. Ask a librarian for advice on research and referencing.
  7. Use the big screens to revise topics.
  8. Use a pod to discuss group work.
  9. Borrow an iPad to use in the library.
  10. Browse the library catalogue.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! The librarians welcome your suggestions for new books and look forward to hearing about the books you’ve read.

Come and talk to us. We look forward to welcoming the new 3rd form on Monday 3rd September.