What is this Lorem Ipsum? The history of this dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.

Back in the 1500s, when printing of books was starting to become the standard, the printing presses of the time were finding it incredibly difficult to show their templates and specimen books to buyers and authors. It was around this time that Lorem Ipsum came into the picture and became the industry standard for dummy text. Instead of ‘Content here, content here, content here’, designers could use “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,..” which looked more like everyday English and was a good placeholder. Have a look:

The standard Lorem Ipsum passage, used since the 1500s

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.”

What is Lorem Ipsum?

The point of Lorem Ipsum was to allow designers of specimen books etc. to display their designs without having to spend time on writing the content in those books. Their job: make it look, and feel good. Not their job: write the stuff in the books. So, Lorem Ipsum was created to allow a more or less even distribution of words without them making any sense so that designers of specimen books could just use “Lorem Ipsum..” as the dummy text in place of the content the author would later provide, just to show how it would look when the book would finally get printed. This tradition has endured the test of time, surviving nearly 5 centuries, and has even made the leap into web design, remaining essentially unchanged since it was first used by an unknown printer in the 1500s to make a specimen book.

How is it used today?

Ah. Now this is where the fun begins. You see, since it’s transition to the electronic era Lorem Ipsum has changed quite a bit. It has been transformed, made funny, and reverted many times. To end this brief history of Lorem Ipsum, the behind-the-scenes guy, I will leave you with some of the funniest lipsums I could find on the internet, and a few of which, I’ve used in the past. Thanks for the read.

“Cupcake ipsum dolor sit. Amet I love liquorice jujubes pudding croissant I love pudding. Apple pie macaroon toffee jujubes pie tart cookie applicake caramels. Halvah macaroon I love lollipop. Wypas I love pudding brownie cheesecake tart jelly-o. Bear claw cookie chocolate bar jujubes toffee.” – Cupcake Ipsum

“Excuse me, I’d like to ASS you a few questions. Hey, maybe I will give you a call sometime. Your number still 911? Look at that, it’s exactly three seconds before I honk your nose and pull your underwear over your head. We got no food we got no money and our pets heads are falling off! Haaaaaaarry.” – Picksum Ipsum

For any Samuel L. Jackson devotees, this generator is a must, taking inspiration from hisPulp Fiction character Jules Winnfield: “Now that there is the Tec-9, a crappy spray gun from South Miami. This gun is advertised as the most popular gun in American crime. Do you believe that shit? It actually says that in the little book that comes with it: the most popular gun in American crime. Like they’re actually proud of that shit. ” – Samuel L. Ipsum

“Est Schlitz shoreditch fashion axe. Messenger bag cupidatat Williamsburg sustainable aliqua, artisan duis pickled pitchfork. Semiotics Banksy ad roof party, jean shorts selvage mollit vero consectetur hashtag before they sold out blue bottle qui nihil aute. Aliquip artisan retro squid ullamco. Vegan enim Williamsburg, eu umami shabby chic single-origin coffee et.” – Hipster Ipsum

Your borrowing checklist on GetBoocs.

It is much easier to borrow a book than to lend one. Knowing this will help you understand the gravity of your request when you ask to borrow a book from somebody else. It may be just a simple book to you, but for the book owner, it’s a valuable possession that they’re excited to share with everyone else. It is therefore your responsibility to be kind, and assure them that the book you are asking for will be safe with you.

To help you in this endeavor, we’ve come up with a checklist that will help you make the book owner feel happy and safe about lending a book to you. Remember to follow this guide every time you want to borrow a book.

Step 1: Say “Hello”, silly. Getting to know each other before borrowing or lending a book will help you not just meet new people and understand what makes them interesting, but also allow you to become friendly with each other and put your lender’s mind at rest. Maybe talk about your favorite movies, books, TV Shows, or foods. P.S. A lot of people like cake. Start with that.

Step 2: If they ask for a book in return, give it to them. There are times when a borrower wants to exchange a book instead of just lending it. Doing so allows them to feel at peace, knowing that you cannot run away with their book. If a book owner asks you to lend them one of your books in exchange for their book, be kind, and accept their request. They’re just trying to ensure the safety of their book.

Step 3: Meetup! All the formalities are done, and now all that’s left is to meetup. We recommend meeting in a public place, like a coffee shop, or a restaurant, to exchange the books. Talk or laugh over a cup of coffee or a warm sandwich. Most importantly, have fun.

That’s about all it takes to get cost free books, from great people, and make good friends along the way. Happy borrowing!

Your lending checklist on GetBoocs.

If you’re a lender there are a bunch of questions that are probably swirling in your mind. How should I talk to this person who wants to lend a book from me? Where should we meet? How can I ensure I will get my book back?

Well, worry not because we’ve created a checklist to help you feel at ease. Just follow this guide every time you want to lend a book, and you won’t have to worry.

Step 1: Say “Hello”, silly. Getting to know each other before borrowing or lending a book will help you not just meet new people and understand what makes them interesting, but also allow you to become friendly with each other and put your mind at rest. Maybe talk about your favorite movies, books, TV Shows, or foods. P.S. A lot of people like eating pizza. Start with that.

Step 2: Ask for a book in exchange. Although GetBoocs is a platform built on trust, goodwill, and friendship, there are those of us that just want to ensure that our books are going to be returned to us. One of the best ways to achieve this is to ask for a book in return from the borrower. Search their library, find an interesting book, and ask for it. When you finally meetup (Step 4) they will give your their book in exchange for yours. This way you can sleep peacefully at night knowing that your beloved book is safe and sound.

Step 3: Click the blue “Begin lending this book to …” button. This will send a message across to the other person to let them know that you are officially willing to lend the book to them. If they accept it, the book status will change from “Available” to “Lending”, and will show up in the “Books I’ve Lent” column. Make sure you click this button before actually lending the book.

Step 4: Meetup! All the formalities are done, and now all that’s left is to meetup. We recommend meeting in a public place, like a coffee shop, or a restaurant, to exchange the books. Talk or laugh over a cup of coffee or a warm sandwich. Most importantly, have fun.

That’s all it takes to share the joy of reading, and build trust and goodwill among people. Happy lending.

Six words or less

Earnest Hemingway once claimed he could write a great story in 6 words or less. He came up with:

For Sale: baby shoes, never used.

The sentence is powerful. It embodies one of great writing’s most crucial characteristics: show, don’t tell.

Since GetBoocs is all about the love for books, and the authors that have written them, it would be appropriate to christen this new platform with an article on some of the internet’s best responses to Hemingway’s umm, challenge. Here are my 5 favorite stories, in 6 words or less.

Don’t cry– your tears will freeze. – http://losewithme.tumblr.com/

She reached out. The ground collapsed. – http://escriptor.tumblr.com/

There she lies, my wounded soldier.  – http://slycrow.tumblr.com/

Don’t open it. Let’s open it.  – http://effervescentlyme.tumblr.com/

“Yes”, “..No!” said the coal miner.