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Digital libraries gain popularity

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:18 am

Recently, online digital libraries have gained popularity both at home and abroad and are proving useful for researchers, students as well as readers.

                     Phuong Nam Bookstore’s website

Sachxua.net is a popular website at home which introduces e-books of famous ancient works which have fallen into oblivion for almost a century, such as the collection of techniques on wood-block printing entitled “Technique du peuple annamite” by Henri Oger(1907-1909) and also national language newspapers likely Nong Co Min Dam, Thanh Nghi (1941-1945), Nam Phong and Dong Duong.


There are also many other online libraries such as thuvienquocgia.vn, e-thuvien.com, ebook4u.vn and many more.
 
Sachxua.net does not digitalize books which are still in stock, respecting copyright laws.


The website www.bnf.fr of the National Library of France contains a grandiose treasure of more than 20,000 ancient documents and books on Vietnam dating from the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.


Amongst their valuable collection is the book titled “Les Jungles Moi” by Henri Maitre, published in 1912. It was the first research document on the Vietnamese ethnic groups of the Highlands.


The digitalized collection in Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan is said to have the world’s largest Kanji-Japanese dictionary and the largest number of Japanese and Chinese classic books.


Many projects on digitalizing books are currently underway to help readers gain access to ancient and rare works easily.

Source: SGGP

Ebooks gaining popularity but still face challenges in VN

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:22 am

In the wake of the global economic downturn and green movement, ebooks have emerged as the latest method of publishing a literary piece without the drawbacks of traditional publishing methods.








An online website to sell educational documents

Last year saw a dramatic spike in the popularity of ebooks, both locally and around the world. Amazon.com, an online shopping website offering a large selection of books and magazines, has reported the turnover of ebooks is now much higher than hardcopies and paperbacks.


Ebooks have the advantage of being cheap while offering readers quicker access to the latest titles. They are also environmentally friendly, saving huge amounts of trees and paper.


The largest Vietnamese online book distributor, Vinabook.com, plans to offer ebooks in the future, but says that currently, hard-copies are still more popular in the country.


Some local book aficionados, however, have established their own websites like thuvien-ebooks.com or thuquan.net, where members can read books for free.


Other domestic enterprises provide digital libraries, while the Lac Viet Company has implemented its own software to make it convenient for readers and online shoppers to access books.


Experts say Ebooks have yet to become as popular in Vietnam as they are globally for two main reasons: difficulty in utilizing ebook technology and copyright issues.


Most Vietnamese readers can’t afford a professional wireless reading device like Kindle, which costs more than US$200, and thus resort to reading ebooks via their mobile phones.


Moreover, once initially purchased online, ebooks are relatively easy to copy. This has deterred local online book distributors from offering them as they don’t stand to make large profits.





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Urban gardening gains popularity

In Politics-Society on October 13, 2009 at 3:00 am




Urban gardening gains popularity


QĐND – Monday, October 12, 2009, 21:14 (GMT+7)

A lot of  Saigon residents are taking pleasure in growing their own vegetables. Small corners of a yard or a space on a balcony can be transformed into ideal places for growing vegetables that are pesticide-free.


One year ago, Phan Thi Hue, 45, in HCM City worried when doctors told her that she had health problems and advised her to follow a vegetarian diet.


“After several months of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, I feel much better,” Hue reported. “I have a vegetable garden of my own on my terrace. I can use vegetables from my garden at any time and I do not have to go to the market.”


“I have everything I want, from amaranth to cabbage and even sweet potatoes,” she added.


Nguyen Van Cong in Thu Duc district related that he was shocked when he witnessed firsthand how farmers sprayed pesticides on vegetables.


“With their way of farming, I’m afraid that we cannot have clean vegetables with no toxic chemicals,” Cong explained. “I dare not purchase vegetables at supermarkets since that time.


I decided to grow my own vegetables on the third floor balcony,” he added. “With my own garden, I can save money on vegetables, and more importantly, I have clean vegetables to eat.”


Cong’s vegetable garden was small at first, about three square metres. Now he is using every square metre of space.


“I have the pleasure of watching my vegetable grow,” he said of his favorite work. “I care for the vegetables every day and water them each morning. Sometimes I have to clear the plants of caterpillars.”


“I rarely use chemical fertilizers for my vegetables,” he observed. “I just use a little of urea two weeks before harvesting.”


Most “urban farmers” grow vegetables using hydroponics. With this method, farmers do not use soil, so they are not afraid of insects and they do not have to spend a lot of time caring for the plants. Hydroponics also allows farmers to grow vegetables even when they do not have large space. A 3-4 square metre garden can provide clean vegetables for an entire family.


Many young mothers grow vegetable themselves, because they want to provide safe vegetables for small children.


Thuy Lnh in Binh Thanh district works for a car trading company and said that she is afraid to purchase vegetables from the market for her 8-month old child.


“I accidentally learned from Internet that everyone can grow sprout vegetable at their homes with simple tools and I decided to grow vegetables myself. The health of my child is the most important thing for me now.”


A director of a company specializing in providing sprout vegetable seeds revealed that urban gardening is a growing trend. He told a Tuoi Tre reporter that his main clients are educated and many are office workers, accounting for 80 percent of total clients. Most of them are male, aged above 30.


Source: VNN


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Urban gardening gains popularity

In Politics-Society on October 13, 2009 at 2:55 am




Urban gardening gains popularity


QĐND – Monday, October 12, 2009, 21:14 (GMT+7)

A lot of  Saigon residents are taking pleasure in growing their own vegetables. Small corners of a yard or a space on a balcony can be transformed into ideal places for growing vegetables that are pesticide-free.


One year ago, Phan Thi Hue, 45, in HCM City worried when doctors told her that she had health problems and advised her to follow a vegetarian diet.


“After several months of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, I feel much better,” Hue reported. “I have a vegetable garden of my own on my terrace. I can use vegetables from my garden at any time and I do not have to go to the market.”


“I have everything I want, from amaranth to cabbage and even sweet potatoes,” she added.


Nguyen Van Cong in Thu Duc district related that he was shocked when he witnessed firsthand how farmers sprayed pesticides on vegetables.


“With their way of farming, I’m afraid that we cannot have clean vegetables with no toxic chemicals,” Cong explained. “I dare not purchase vegetables at supermarkets since that time.


I decided to grow my own vegetables on the third floor balcony,” he added. “With my own garden, I can save money on vegetables, and more importantly, I have clean vegetables to eat.”


Cong’s vegetable garden was small at first, about three square metres. Now he is using every square metre of space.


“I have the pleasure of watching my vegetable grow,” he said of his favorite work. “I care for the vegetables every day and water them each morning. Sometimes I have to clear the plants of caterpillars.”


“I rarely use chemical fertilizers for my vegetables,” he observed. “I just use a little of urea two weeks before harvesting.”


Most “urban farmers” grow vegetables using hydroponics. With this method, farmers do not use soil, so they are not afraid of insects and they do not have to spend a lot of time caring for the plants. Hydroponics also allows farmers to grow vegetables even when they do not have large space. A 3-4 square metre garden can provide clean vegetables for an entire family.


Many young mothers grow vegetable themselves, because they want to provide safe vegetables for small children.


Thuy Lnh in Binh Thanh district works for a car trading company and said that she is afraid to purchase vegetables from the market for her 8-month old child.


“I accidentally learned from Internet that everyone can grow sprout vegetable at their homes with simple tools and I decided to grow vegetables myself. The health of my child is the most important thing for me now.”


A director of a company specializing in providing sprout vegetable seeds revealed that urban gardening is a growing trend. He told a Tuoi Tre reporter that his main clients are educated and many are office workers, accounting for 80 percent of total clients. Most of them are male, aged above 30.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND