Friday, July 17, 2009

Link-Mad Monday: Booksellers at it again!

I was at a NAIBA board meeting most of today, discussing exciting plans for the fall trade show in Baltimore (hope to give you the full report later this week). So it's rather late, but here's some Monday linkage I've been collecting. (I'm hoping to be a more regular blogger now that I'm officially self-employed -- cross your fingers for me.)

* A delicious irony in the Brave New World of e-books: Amazon sneaks into your Kindle and takes back your 1984. (via @beverlyqueery on Twitter, aka sweet pea of King's Books.)

* And, since we're feeling rather 1950s paranoid, a fantastically propagandistic video about the environmental effects of shopping local from the fine folks at Regulator Bookshop (via Bookselling This Week):




* I love the long-running feature on the music/culture blog Largehearted Boy in which "authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book." The most recent entry is by Joan Silber, one of my top 5 favorite authors, about her most recent novel The Size of the World (just out in paperback and PERFECT for smart, exotic, moving summer reading, by the way). I'm currently listening to The Mighty Clouds of Joy on her recommendation - weird awesome disco gospel.

* If anyone speaks French, I would appreciate your thoughts on this video from the if:book website (via Steve at Norton, @norton_fiction on Twitter). I think I really like the vision of the future with ebooks, ereaders, print books, and bookstores coexisting. (All I can tell for sure is that woman is way too cute to be with that dude, even if he is French.)

Okay, that's enough for today. I'm going to continue organizing my publisher catalogs (and exercising my Gmail Ninja skills) in preparation for tomorrow: First Full Day As Full Time Proprietor, Knocking it Outta The Park!

Signing off, chum!