Websites to Watch-2: HOLYBOOKS.COM

Prof Raghunathan very kindly drew my attention to this wonderful website and provided me the link.  Since then I have downloaded many great books and have also enrolled for the Monthly Newsletter the site sends. The site is HOLYBOOKS.COM.  I am reproducing the info provided by the site, about it:

“Holy Books is the largest collection of high quality sacred texts, holy books, spiritual texts as PDF ebooks you will find on the Internet. All books are free to download. For example you can download the Bible, download the Quaran, the Vedas and thousands of ancient texts on religion and spiritual practice.
All books are Free Public Domain Books. This means that you can download and read them for free from this site. If you are aware of books that should be on this site please contact me, by sending an email to webmaster: hh@ytr.dk. I sometimes get mails about possible copyright infringement. I have removed some books because I have made a mistake about copyright, but some books where actually public domain books despite what the publishers told me. When I am in doubt about the status of a book I use these copyright guidelines for books (This website is operated from Denmark, and therefore ‘the author life + 70 years’ is what I follow as a general guideline)’

HolyBookscom is and maintained by Danish freelance journalist Hans Henrik Lichtenberg. All suggestion are very welcome. Send a mail to hh@ytr.dk

I am reproducing below a recent mail (newsletter) I received from Holybooks.com:

“Dear friends of Holybooks.com. Here are the latest additions to the library. Holybooks.com is now ready for a lot more traffic. During the last month a lot of work have been done on the server to make the site work faster. All pages loads a lot quicker now and it should be a better experience to use the site, not the least for all our users from remote areas, far away from the servers physical position in Frankfurt, Germany.
The number of subscribers to this newsletter has from now on exceeded 2.500 receivers and will cost 20 USD pr. month to send out. If anyone is be interested in sponsoring this newsletter, I would be happy to mention your business, website etc. here or on the website.
Thanks to all of you who have connected to Holybooks.com through the Facebook-page, you can do the same here: Holybooks.com Facebook page, please like and share with your contacts if you find it usefull.
Best wishes

Admin
=========

Grateful thanks to Holybooks.com and Danish freelance journalist Hans Henrik Lichtenberg.  

May God bless Mr.Hans Lichtenberg! 
Advertisements

Websites to Watch-1: The Pulitzer Prizes Website

Booklovers eagerly look forward to know the Pulitzer Prize Winner every year. To be included in the short list for the Prize itself is considered to be an honour that is, next to the Nobel Prize. It is the Fiction Category that catches the eye of every booklover. But what many generally don’t know is Pulitzer Prize is awarded to 14 categories of newspaper journalism, besides other categories like Musical composition, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama etc. The Pulitzer Prizes were instituted to honour excellence in Journalism and Arts since 1917. The awards are presented by the Columbia University, USA distinguished work by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.

To get to know some great books by contemporary writers, a visit to this site is very helpful. There is a lot more to learn.

http://www.pulitzer.org/

For example, for the year 2009, the Pulitzer for Fiction has been awarded to Elizabeth Strout (Random House), for her book “Olive Kitteridge”. As it is mentioned in the site, this book is “a collection of 13 short stories set in small-town Maine that packs a cumulative emotional wallop, bound together by polished prose and by Olive, the title character, blunt, flawed and fascinating”.

Some other famous winners of the Pulitzer for Fiction are: James A.Michener, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, John Updike, John Cheever,Toni Morrison and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Also read “Pulitzer Prize” and “Pulitzer Prize for Fiction” in Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulitzer_Prize
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulitzer_Prize_for_Fiction

Grateful thanks to The Pulitzer Prize Website and Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.

Websites to Watch-56: "SCITABLE"

Scitable is a collaborative learning space for science. It is also a free science library and personal learning tool brought out by Nature Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of science.

Scitable currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.

One can cultivate one’s understanding of modern genetics on Scitable and can also explore the impacts of genetics on society.

At present it has more than 150 free, evidence-based articles that explain the science of genetics to undergraduate-level students.

One can also connect with a global community of faculty, researchers and students that share interest in genetics.

Students can ask an Expert a question.and access over 200 overviews of key concepts.

To visit the site:
http://www.nature.com/scitable

Grateful thanks to Nature and Professor Subbiah Arunachalam (for drawing my attention to the site).

Websites to Watch-1: "Kandamangalam.com"

This website is devoted to the propagation and cherishing of the Vedas. As such, it contains all the four Vedas, many slogas, mantras, information on seers and sages, Panchangam, the epics, Ramanayana and Mahabharata and much more. It also contains a photo and video gallery.

This is the website of Kandamangalam Sri K.S. Gopala Dekshidhar, who has dedicated his entire life for the study and dissemination of the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Adharvana Vedas, on the banks of the sacred river Cauvery in KandamangalamVillage, located 20 miles west of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.

To those who would like to know more about Hindu scriptures, this is a very good portal.

Websites to Watch-6: "Poetry 180"

I came across this interesting portal last week. It is hosted by the Library of Congress, USA. Though it says “a poem a day for American schools”, anybody who loves poetry will find it interesting. To know more about it, I reproduce the Introduction given by Billy Collins, Former Poet Laureate of the United States:

“Welcome to Poetry 180. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.

Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system.

Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. I hope Poetry 180 becomes an important and enriching part of the school day”.
——
Give it a try, you will like it; I liked it.

Websites to Watch-5 : Website on Higher Studies – Edex, The New Indian Express

A new portal, www.uniguru.com, has been launched to help students aspiring to study abroad.

Launched by Hotcourses, a UK-based publisher of education guides, the portal promise to reveal the real issues about the universities, which were not covered in the prospectus.

Primarily a website for Indian students, it would have information about management, engineering and medical courses offered by institutions in the USA, the UK, Singapore and Australia.

The site, which contains reviews from students already pursuing courses at various universities around the world, had allowed existing students to post their reviews, including video diaries and photographs.

The review postings includes details about accommodation, the quality of a course, the weather, city life, getting a visa, working in the UK and the cost of living.

The website offers peer-to-peer advice on over 100,000 courses at 808 institutions in UK, US, Singapore and Australia. The company also plans to launch a similar site for domestic universities in India next year.

Excerpt from Education Express, Supplement to The New Indian Express, Madurai, Sep.28, 2007

Websites to Watch-5 : Website on Higher Studies – Edex, The New Indian Express

A new portal, www.uniguru.com, has been launched to help students aspiring to study abroad.

Launched by Hotcourses, a UK-based publisher of education guides, the portal promise to reveal the real issues about the universities, which were not covered in the prospectus.

Primarily a website for Indian students, it would have information about management, engineering and medical courses offered by institutions in the USA, the UK, Singapore and Australia.

The site, which contains reviews from students already pursuing courses at various universities around the world, had allowed existing students to post their reviews, including video diaries and photographs.

The review postings includes details about accommodation, the quality of a course, the weather, city life, getting a visa, working in the UK and the cost of living.

The website offers peer-to-peer advice on over 100,000 courses at 808 institutions in UK, US, Singapore and Australia. The company also plans to launch a similar site for domestic universities in India next year.

Excerpt from Education Express, Supplement to The New Indian Express, Madurai, Sep.28, 2007