- Last week was Newsweek‘s “Book Issue” (with Mark Twain on the cover, leading to a story that further explores “…our country’s favorite writer”) Other stories inside: Malcom Jones reflects on our obsession with “Thrillers” ; also, Richard Cohen’s review of Jonathan Schneer’s new book, The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
- NPR presented a top 5 list of books to check out in the fleeting days of summer as a means of quenching any lingering fantasies or regrets of vacation-destinations you missed, or have yet to visit or would just like to dreamily traipse through via an author’s word-filled pages. It includes Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan from Wayne State University Press.
- A couple of new Ken Follett novels have been published as “enhanced” e-books, (another word used, “amplified), which features spliced footage from TV shows, into the e-reader’s display and thus into the brain of the human reader – does that not effect, in a way, the reader’s freedom to craft the book’s world in their mind? Craig Morgan Teicher delves further into the nuances of “enhanced” e-books on Publisher’s Weekly and posits whether this does, as Susan Sontag once exclaimed in horror, ‘the end of reading…(?)’
- Paste Magazine wonders how the Library of Congress will approach archiving the millions of mini-authors of 140-character suspense novels via the deluge of words in the “twittersphere.”