It's a rare day here in Phoenix: grey and overcast. We did manage to have one monsoon storm this week that flooded the yard (but fortunately not the pool), and it's always amazing to see how quickly the flora in the desert shows its appreciation. Enough of rain, though. Let's get on to the links!
Bookish News & Other Things
- NPR is going to let us vote on the 100 Best Ever Thrillers.
- "Will the last bookstore please turn out the light?", a tongue-in-cheek article from The Globe and Mail.
- Stanford University ushers in the age of bookless libraries. In some things, I will die a dinosaur. Bookless libraries? Say it ain't so, Joe!
- An opinion piece that I don't necessarily agree with: Bloggers rush to fill vacuum.
- Explore your local literary community: Reading Local.
- Bookstores around the globe make news: the Changing Hands here in the valley copes without air conditioning; wander around Treehugger Dan's in Budapest; and how about the Globe in Prague?
- A self-storage business determined not to miss an opportunity with book lovers.
- Book Drum: combining "photography, information, maps, video and music to go beyond the pages of the books we love."
- 80 Years of Cover Design from Faber & Faber.
- Historypin: we are what we do.
- The 10 Strangest Things Ever to Happen in a Library.
- Want to help restore America's Gulf? Sign the petition.
- 10 Must-Read Blog Traffic Tips.
- Effective Blog Design Tips.
- Not happy with the comment sections of your blog? Here are two alternatives: IntenseDebate and DISQUS.
- Changing Reading Habits on Steph Su Reads.
- "If you could give someone any five books to represent what you feel is the best about crime fiction, what would they be?" on Jen's Book Thoughts. (This could be used for any genre, eh?)
- Wondering about zodiac signs, introverts, extroverts and reading on Lynne's Book Reviews.
- Confessions of a recovering Book Hoarder on Book, Line, and Sinker.
- BookBitch makes an excellent point about large print books in her post An Open Letter to the Publishing Industry.
- Like to read mysteries? Head on over to Mysteries and My Musings to vote in her poll.
Hopefully a few of my gleanings tickled your fancy this week. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll have a brand-new batch of links for your surfing pleasure!