Yes, it's that time of year again. The time when I don't particularly care if we get out and about much. Why? Because I love spending time in the pool with a succession of good books. Even Denis has a water-proof case for his iPod so he can float around listening to audiobooks.
I know I promised a post about Leakey's Bookshop in Inverness and it hasn't turned up yet, but I figure if I hurry up and post these links for you, I can get the one about Leakey's posted before my self-imposed deadline is up. Nothing like running down to the wire, eh? So without further ado---
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- This is bound to provoke a chuckle or two: What happens when you like books more than anything in the whole world.
- During this week's Hay-on-Wye book festival, they talked about saving the Timbuktu Library.
- Check out this eight-year-old's invention for keeping books dry in the bath!
- Fellow book blogger Chachic asks "What are the things you give up so you can read and blog?"
- Any Bridget Jones fans here? Helen Fielding has revealed a few more details about her next book Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.
- Is internet English debasing the language?
- The strange history of Stonemere made this writer think about Manderley.
- A letter has been recently found in which Rudyard Kipling admitted to plagiarizing some of his best known works. And speaking of Kipling, it just wasn't his week. He and Agatha Christie are also accused of turning Britain into a nation of passive racists.
- On a brighter-- and much more welcome note-- have you heard about Sophia Moss from Louisiana? This five-year-old read 875 books in one school year.
- Don't tell anyone, but I have a thing for woolly mammoths, and scientists just found one in Siberia that still had liquid blood.
- CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker will publish a series of novels based on the upcoming reality TV show, Whodunnit?
- Ancient Egyptians crafted jewelry from meteorites.
- One of the topics during this week's BEA was literary ethics for reviewers.
- Waterstone's in the UK has launched a project called The Book That Made Me.
- Have you heard of Bloggers Recommend? It's put together by some very familiar names in our community.
- Amazon insists upon keeping busy. It told popular UK book recommendation site Lovereading.co.uk to remove all its affiliate links to Amazon, and now it's starting up production of original television series.
- The UK's The Guardian newspaper is taking its online news reporting global.
- Summer reading programs for children have been launched by Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
- Have you heard of nobooko, the Kobo and Nook User Group's online forum?
- Premier Digital Publishing has launched an eBook bundling retail network.
- HarperCollins is now providing digital galleys to its authors.
I ♥ Lists
- Someone took some dumbfounding client feedback and turned it into some very funny posters.
- 24 classic books' original titles.
- 25 signs you're addicted to books.
- No much here this week, except for a YouTube video that made me drool over McIntyre's Books, an independent bookstore in North Carolina. Next time I'm their neck of the woods, you don't have to guess where I'm headed!
That's it 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!