The Speed Read

Man writes novel on cellphone, and people actually buy it. ... The New York Daily News spills the beans on two embargoed books: Elizabeth Edwards' memoir and an unauthorized biography of Alex Rodriguez. Naughty, naughty! ... Jeff Kinney, author of "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid," is one of Time magazine's 100 most important people in the world. ... President Obama is reading Joseph O'Neill's widely praised novel Netherland ... Allegra Huston describes what it was like to grow up ordinary among the extraordinarily talented Huston acting clan. ... Why do newspapers run negative book reviews? Because they're fun! ... It's not enough to put books on e-readers. They've got to do stuff, too. ... Poet Craig Arnold is missing on a Japanese volcano island. Petitions convince Japanese to search beyond the legally required three days. ... Germany is a book-buying oasis, for now. ... Capt. Sully has a book deal, a title and a co-author. ... Scenes from the Arthur C. Clarke science fiction award ceremony (Warning: Grown men dressed as stormtroopers). ... A robot is the new Zelig.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  May 1, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
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I especially like the link about e-readers. I'm reminded of Bradbury's quote that e-books won't succeed because "they're not books." Which many people misunderstand as a dismissal, but rather I think he was emphasizing that hypertext is a different medium altogether, with its own fascinating possibilities.

Posted by: lama_pdx | May 3, 2009 11:32 AM

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