Friday, January 31, 2014

A Back in the Saddle Weekly Link Round-Up

Last week was just what the doctor ordered-- a quiet, relaxing time spent in our favorite cottage up in the Mule Mountains outside Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona (home of J.A. Jance's Sheriff Joanna Brady). We drove over to Sierra Vista for a tasty birthday/anniversary lunch, but mostly the days were spent doing things we enjoy, which included spending time with each other. I had written and scheduled blog posts for the entire week, and as a result, Denis and I spent very little time online. Now that we're back home, I want to get back to getting posts written and scheduled well in advance, but it's going to be hard. I enjoyed the blog-free week too much! Eh, I'll get back in the saddle soon... speaking of which, I'd better go rustle up two weeks' worth of links!

Bookish News & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • eBook pricing in the USA versus the UK.
  • Henning Mankell has been diagnosed with cancer, and he'll be writing about it in a weekly newspaper column.
  • One of those addictive infographics in which you can chart which book reader species you are.
  • News and film clips of the TV series "Bosch", based on Michael Connelly's books, are becoming available.
  • The Daphnes, awards created by Bookslut, aims to correct book awards of the past.
  • Not content with eBooks and eReaders, researchers have invented a wearable book that lets readers feel character emotions via sensors-- "Sensory Fiction."
  • The editor of the Oxford English Dictionary believes that the time for dictionaries has come.
  • The nominees for my favorite book awards, the Dilys Awards, have been announced.
  • Amazon has applied for an "anticipatory shipping" patent (a form of shipping in which it can send packages before you actually make a purchase).
  • India is expected to publish more English language books.
  • Most authors make less than $1,000 per year.
  • Hardcore readers seem to prefer buying books from Kobo and Amazon.
  • Book titles rewritten to get more clicks.
  • Another spiffy infographic on the DNA of a successful book.
  • Children read an average of 40 minutes per day. Anyone want to raise that to sixty?
  • The Books I Love app lets readers share their favorite books.
  • All you print diehards relax: eReading is rising, but it's not replacing print.

Architecture, Archaeology, Animals... and Cake!

I  ♥  Lists & Quizzes

Whew! Two weeks is a long time to hoard links, and I hope that I've found a few that you'll enjoy. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch for your surfing pleasure!



  1. Cathy - Such dreadful news about Henning Mankell. I have to absorb it. And now I"m heading off to look at those incredible snow leopards!

    1. Yes, I, too, was stunned when I read the news about Mankell.

  2. Cathy I'm trying to find an author I lost track of, maybe you can help. His main character owned a book store but he was theif too. I think the charater's name is Bernie.

    1. A quick through through Stop, You're Killing Me gave me this:

      "Lawrence Block
      • Bernie Rhodenbarr: burglar and bookseller, in New York City"

      Is Lawrence Block the one you're looking for?


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