(A bit briefer news this week – it was my birthday on Sunday so a little less brainpower is being used this week. Enjoy though, and prepare – even better literary news coming on Friday!)
1. Incentivizing the Kindle, byPatrick, Stomping on Yeti, June 5, 2009
E-books remain the one topic in literature that seems to stir up the most news, and here’s a rather interesting discussion on how the Kindle could see a bit more spread than it has already. As a poor book reviewer I can’t get my hands on a Kindle myself (unless Amazon sees fit to pay attention to me and send me a complimentary copy), but if I could have every title I own physically in digital format, that would make it worth every penny.
Oh, and do check out the rest of Stomping on Yeti – there’s an essay on the expanded Star Wars universe which is somehow miraculously still going, despite the fact it’s more inbred than an isolated Appalachian town with no roads to anywhere and I personally think needs to be put down. There’s a few great books in the series – the Thrawn Trilogy, Rogue and Wraith Squadron – but ever since Vector Prime it’s been one giant clusterfuck.
2. The A.V. Club (and Steven Tyler!) at BookExpo 2009, by Ellen Wernecke, The Onion A.V. Club, June 5, 2009
The last (I promise) news story on the BookExpo 2009, this one taking a bit more of an opinionated tone than the major news outlets. Bonus points for depicting the eBook trend as the war between “gadget-obsessed hipsters and Luddite librarians.”
3. The Examined, and Exhibited Life by Brad Leithauser, Slate, June 9, 2009
A fascinating article that discusses the late John Updike in very interesting terms, in a review of the posthumous title “My Father’s Tears.” Leithauser points out that in addition to being one of the sharpest writers in the American canon, he was also an observer of daily life to a startling extent, with comparisons drawn to bloggers of our time. It makes one wonder what he’d have done had he come of age with Internet access.
4. Progress, by Gabe and Tycho, Penny Arcade, March 3, 2009
To break up the flow of news while staying on the topic of technology, here’s an older Penny Arcade strip that points out what I think is the obvious: the book format isn’t one that really needs to be tinkered with as it works fine the way it is.