Category Archives: Favourite Lists

15 Ridiculous Rejections of Classic Authors & Books

via Pushcart Press

Even the most beloved and celebrated authors can’t please everyone. Pushcart Press, one of America’s most influential publishing houses, took the liberty of assembling some of the nastiest, yet articulate reviews, rejections and otherwise unpleasant remarks made about some of the most widely-read authors and literature.  You can buy the full collection here.

For whatever reason, insults such as “husband-hunting butterfly” and “tragic-comic bubble and squeak” didn’t catch on, but that doesn’t mean we can’t delight in them once in awhile.

Buzzfeed has done us the favour of selecting some of the most scathing sentiments directed at authors such as D.H. Lawrence,  Emily Bronte and even Shakespeare.  (Click the aforementioned authors to review their work on Sumbola.)

Enjoy the drama of Buzzfeed’s 15 Classics Authors Who Need To Be Taken To The Burn Unit.


11 Poems of Seamus Heaney


Northern Ireland born poet, and winner of the Nobel literature prize in 1995, passed away in Dublin Hospital Friday morning.  Heaney spent the last 50 years of his life examining and exploring Ireland’s heritage, beauty and political turmoil.  Considered by many to be Ireland’s greatest poet since W.B  Yeats, Buzzfeed has assembled 11 videos of Seamus Heaney reading his Poems aloud.

Do you have a favourite poem by Heaney?  Tweet it to us @SumbolaCoSI, or leave us a comment below.



10 Tips to Save Money on Textbooks

via: Getty Images
via: Getty Images

Textbooks for post-secondary education have risen 812% since 1978, according to the American Enterprise Institute.   Students are spending between $500  to $900 on books per year- a hefty price tag on top of already steep tuition costs. To help students, we’ve put together a list on how to find free textbooks, or save a few dollars at least.


  1. Buy discount.  You are not going to get the best deal by buying new textbooks on campus.  Sometimes you’re required to get a brand new book. If thats  the case, consider where you can purchase the text at a lower cost.  Do you have a rewards card at a local book store?  Can you buy it online cheaper? Do you know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows how to find cheap text books, mysteriously?  Just kidding about that last part, but be aware of all your options.
  2. Buy used. If you absolutely have to shop at your campus bookstore, seek out used copies of the text you need. A few dog-eared pages and highlighted passages are well worth saving an extra $60.
  3. Check local classifieds. Most campuses have a deadline for when they will stop buying back textbooks.  Invariably, students who miss the buy-back date will post their materials in an online marketplace,  in a school paper, or even the bulletin boards of campus hallways or coffeeshops.  Keep your eyes peeled for these postings because most of these students will price their books to sell quickly. Some will even post them for free.
  4. Use Sumbola. Really.  If you’re taking courses with required classic reading, Sumbola is meant for you.  a) You don’t need to carry around extra books. b) Most pieces of classic literature are free on our platform.  c) Sumbola provides comprehension accelerators and allows for collaboration and note sharing with other  readers, better preparing you for your next seminar.
  5. Rent Books. Some campuses provide this service but online platforms such as BigMama, BookMob, and TextbookRental are available as well!  (US Students: check out this handy-dandy webpage of Best Rental Site Reviews.) Students can save up to 90% by renting- investigating this option could be well-worth your time.
  6. Go to the Library.  Yes, that great big building with thousands of books that you can read, for free.  Much like having fun, getting work done isn’t hard…when you’ve got a library card.
  7. Use a Bookswap. Also becoming more popular, are on-campus Book Swaps. If you’re a veteran student, even just of one semester, chances are you’ll be able to offer a book that someone else needs- and you’ll be able to benefit as well.  There’s nothing like a good ol’ fashioned trading post to keep money in your wallet.
  8. Sell Your Used Books.  At the end of your semester, make a fraction of your money back by re-selling your books. This means keep them doodle and coffee stain free for the time you have them to get a better price.
  9. File your Taxes.  Depending on where you live, you can recoup some of the costs spent on resources just by filing your taxes, and claiming the text-book credit.
  10. Plan Ahead.  This tip is three-fold:
    • Check your syllabus and make sure you know what is required material, versus recommended.
    • Find out for sure if the most recent edition of the text is required by consulting your professors or seminar instructors. Buying a cheaper but obsolete text could end up costing you more.
    • Shop early, sell early.  Give yourself time to get the best deals on textbooks.


Are you going back to school this year, or a graduate with tips on saving money on textbooks?  Comment below, or tweet them to us @SumbolaCoSI!

9 Exiled Authors, Artists, And Thinkers And Their Famous Works


Experience can contribute greatly to what an author, or any other type of artist creates.  Exile, asylum or self-imposed banishment are certainly notable events that would shape any individual’s perspectives- or in these cases, publications.  MentalFloss has put together this list of banished creative thinkers and their 9 famous works written in exile for you to consider.  You can find some of these books available in the Sumbola Bookstore.

If you were sent to live forever on the island of Elba, much like an emperor of years past, what would you create? Let us know in the comments, or tweet your answer to us @SumbolaCoSI.