It's been a hot week here at Casa Kittling, both temperature-wise and otherwise. It may be over 110°F. here, but it doesn't keep us out of the pool, and we have yet to turn on the central air conditioning. As long as the humidity remains low (that infamous "dry" heat), our evaporative cooler (affectionately known to Arizonans as "swamp coolers") works just fine.
|Tail end of a very long line to see Craig Johnson!|
Hopefully I won't have any trouble finding those links I've been saving up!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- It may be easy, but don't blame Amazon for all bookstore woes.
- OpenDyslexic Font helps readers with dyslexia read.
- Alaskan bestselling author Dana Stabenow is hard at work with the creation of the Storyknife Writers Retreat.
- Phoenix isn't known for being a book-loving metropolitan area, but it's good to see that we can fight to keep bookstores alive, too.
- It was good to see this article about one of my very favorite cartoons when I was a child, Jonny Quest.
- Le French Book, French books you'll love in English.
- Florence, Italy's powerful Medici family suffered from rickets because they spent too much time indoors.
- The shocking confessions of a recovering book snob.
- A first edition of George Orwell's 1984 sells for $3,000.
- How high school reading has changed.
- Sherman Alexie says grammar cops are rarely good writers.
- A new subduction zone is forming off Spain's coast.
- IKEA has begun making a line of dollhouse furniture.
- To promote Peter James' new book, Pan Macmillan wants everyone to head over to Peter James' Secret Brighton and use codes to win prizes.
- Publishers want to expand the market for audiobooks beyond commuters.
- Some guys have all the luck: a Minnesota man has found a second Superman comic in an old home. The first one he found sold at auction for $175,000.
- Two men in Japan are being held for stealing eBooks, using an illegal smartphone app.
- In the UK, self-published eBook sales have reached 20% of the genre market. In the US, the figure is 12%.
- Amazon wants to rule the world: it's now selling eReaders and tablets in China.
- Looking for something to replace the now-defunct Google Reader? Here's something called The Old Reader.
I ♥ Lists
- 5 of the best crime and mystery game apps.
- 10 of literature's most disturbing sociopaths.
- Read your way through the USA.
- 11 words recently added to the French dictionary.
- 9 books that people will judge you for reading (and why they're wrong).
- 11 weird books that really exist. (When I posted this link on Kittling: Books' Facebook page, someone bought one of the books for their grandson!)
- The 10 worst Dads in books.
- 10 great books starring cats.
- Neil Gaiman's top 10 mythical characters.
- The last photo in this article is enough to make any bibliophile drool. (If you're on Pinterest, you'll see a lot more Book Candy on my board there. Click on the social media link on my sidebar.)
- The Japanese art of book stacking.
That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Now... step aside, step aside, please-- I have a rendezvous with a book, a tall cold drink, and a pool!