The Speed Read

Dispatches from BookExpo America: In the future, books (or whatever we'll call them) will be social-networked, crowd-sourced and digitized. ... Robin Gihvan solves the mystery of Sonia Sotomayor's affinity for Nancy Drew. ... Why Alger Hiss just won't go away. ... James Patterson has made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most books ever on the New York Times list. ... Why you should quit your job in September and spend the entire autumn reading new books from big-name authors. ... And if that seems rather reckless, get inspiration from the list of writers with day jobs posted at the end of a charming profile in the Observer of bestselling Egyptian novelist (and practicing dentist) Alaa Al Aswany.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  June 1, 2009; 7:27 AM ET
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