We have I think covered enough of the basics on how to become computer power uses so now it is time to get cover more specific topics. I have had some requests at Mpriddy58@yahoo.com about covering more specific ways for various hobbies to be enjoyed. Some of these things we have covered in a limited way but now I will go into more detail for specific hobbies.
This article will cover the hobbies of the bibliophile. In the future we will cover such topics as Photography, Music, Games, Fitness, and what ever else is requested in the email bag. Anyone can look up a website for a given hobby but there is so much more the power user can do.
First up lets get organized. The key here is to set up a storage system that will make your life much easier then just trying to create a filing system on the fly. In your favorite web browser (here we will refer to IE since all pc's come with it) go to your favorites and then organize favorites. You are going to create a series of folders for your bibliophile life. The first folder will be Books. You could put Hobbies so you will find all your hobbies in one place. I don't do this because I have found that if you have to keep drilling down to get to different categories you won't. It will be much easier to organize the many different files of your life into separate categories. Inside this folder You will create several new folders. This will include Authors, Book Finders, Libraries, Text books, and then New finds.
Now that the grunt work is done the fun starts. Take a look around your library and check out the names of the many different authors. Now go to the website of these various authors and add these sites to your Author file. If the author doesn't have a web site then try Wikipedia. The authors of the older books probably won't be on the web. You can also check the publisher site. You want these sites so you can see all of the books of your author has written and what is or isn't available (don't forget thrift stores are a good place to locate out of print books).
Go to sites websites for all the new bookstores (both online and local) such as or http://www.barnesandnoble.comhttphttpand; //www.crown-books.com/ . Don't forget any local stores near you (they are getting harder to find. And then save these sites to the Book Finders folder. Inside this folder open a new folder called Used Books. You will save such sites as www.abebooks.com/?%20cm_mmc=msn-_-US_AbeBooks_General-_-Used-_-used_books or www.bookfinder.com/. Go back to the Books folder and then surf to all of the various library sites in your area. You should get cards for all the libraries in your area. You will use these sites to locate any book you would like to read but you don't wish to store. I have enjoyed many dozens of book without paying the cost.
If you are a college student climb back onto your surfboard and head over anhttp www.half.ebay.com/ and similar sites your teachers or friends recommend and save these to your text book folder. Let uys not forget new finds. You could go to fan sites such as www.swordandlaser.com/ or http: and save these to the Nhttp://acomicbookblog.com/ew Finds folder. Do not forget general book review sites such as www.bookmarksmagazine.com/. As you find out of other similar sites or other sources they will most likely fit into one of your new folders.
You are almost done. Open up your favorite word processsor or even notepad and then start a list for each of the books you have read and put the book info into the correct forlder, don't forget to have a separate page under in an Author folder fore books in a series. You don't need to do this all at once but as you have the time. This will save time as you wonder if you have read a book or not. You will save these in a folder called Read books. I think you all set to increase your reading pleasure so continue reading reading.