- ON, Canada
- member since June 26, 2010
fiction is definitely useful. it depends on the kind of course- some is just for fun, entertainment, or because it reads beautifully and poetically. other fiction does all or some of that plus discusses real issues from a different perspective- using metaphors, symbolism, etc. (which is especially helpful in societies where you can't say things outright). plus, fiction can take you places non fiction can't.
That's a good goal - I like it. Well, it's like this: I have Dish Latino on my TV so I can practice my Spanish. And there are a bunch of sports stations that broadcast soccer (futbol). I don't understand everything but it's a lot of fun. Maybe that only qualifies me as a wanna-be soccer fan?
well i think this thing would be kinda pointless here because people can borrow books from the library, it's not like we have a shortage of them, or we have to pay for them. in syria though, especially with english books, there is a huge shortage, which is why it would be great.
and i don't necessarily think there would be no good books. i own a bunch of good books that i probably won't ever read again, so instead of having them on my shelf, others could make use of them.
and plus, you don't keep the book, you return it in a month, so there would always be the chance of getting a good book later if none you want are currently available.
I download my books online actually because I read from my ereader. before i had the ereader i usually bought my books from Chapters on Weber St, or Coles in Conestoga mall, and sometimes i'd order them from Amazon.ca (cheaper than chapters). if you want to borrow books then try the Waterloo Public Library or just the On-Campus one. The on-campus one is more convenient considering we're students there lol. what program are you in?
also if you want to buy used textbooks for a decent price: uwsube.com is the best place for that!
hmm, i don't think there is, no. it's an interesting idea, but may be difficult to get working since 1- people don't read 2- it might be difficult for all of us to have the same book at the same time 3- i've never been in one so i wouldn't know how to run it. but it is a good idea, actually, i should think about it.