Just wait until you see the In My Mailbox I have for Sunday -- this image is a little too accurate! Today's links are a real mixed bag of things I've found interesting recently:
- E-books Can’t Burn, an article by Tim Parks in The New York Review, was an enlightening read in defense of the e-book that left me with many new things to ponder.
"The e-book, by eliminating all variations in the appearance and weight of the material object we hold in our hand and by discouraging anything but our focus on where we are in the sequence of words (the page once read disappears, the page to come has yet to appear) would seem to bring us closer than the paper book to the essence of the literary experience. Certainly it offers a more austere, direct engagement with the words appearing before us and disappearing behind us than the traditional paper book offers, giving no fetishistic gratification as we cover our walls with famous names. It is as if one had been freed from everything extraneous and distracting surrounding the text to focus on the pleasure of the words themselves. In this sense the passage from paper to e-book is not unlike the moment when we passed from illustrated children’s books to the adult version of the page that is only text. This is a medium for grown-ups."
- There has been a kerfuffle online recently over the increasingly common occurrence of Self Published or Indie Published authors plagiarizing books that have been published in more standard ways. Diana Peterfreund had an excellent blog post discussing the issue this week.
- This Author Interview done by Stephine of Cuddlebuggery Book Blog with Kendare Blake has got to be one of the funniest and most creative author interviews I have ever read! Plus, if you get there soon you can enter the giveaway for Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood.
- Also, though this blog post is about reader shaming in the romance genre, I think the same principles apply to nearly any area of genre fiction. I can't even count the number of times a book I have recommended has been dismissed because it is "young adult" or "science fiction" or "fantasy" or, yes, "romance." As if that makes it somehow less worthy.
- Finally, check out these old phone booths converted to guerrilla libraries. SO COOL. (Found via bookshelves of doom)