Quiet week on the link front, but there is still some bloggy and articley goodness for your perusal.
First up, big news on the e-reader front as Amazon is launching a $114 ad-supported version of the Kindle. Meaning, there are "special offers" as screensavers. Would you buy the $139 ad-free version or the $114 ad-supported version? (disclosure: article link is to CNET, I work at CNET)
Major congratulations are in order to my former client Lisa Brackmann (who you may know around these parts as Other Lisa), as her debut novel ROCK PAPER TIGER was nominated for Best New Novel in The Strand Critics Awards. (Congrats to the other non-former-client nominees as well). Also, Lisa is in China right now, and be sure and check out her incredible posts about her trip.
Self-publishing sure seems to be on everyone's mind these days -- Anne R. Allen has a post on three things to ask yourself before you jump on the self-publishing bandwagon.
Slate has a terrific profile of one of the greatest journalists working today, David Grann, and some of the techniques he uses to make his stories so uniquely compelling.
Eric from Pimp My Novel wonders if there will soon be such a thing as "bibliophiles" - just as there are audiophiles with their vinyl collections, he wonders if there will be bibliophiles collecting the physical objects and whether that will be a niche crowd.
And, of course, how to turn a book into a vase.
This week in the Forums, e-books may now be the #1 format, sharing resources on cover design, are you participating in the A to Z blog challenge?, would anyone use LinkedIn share buttons if I implemented them, and, of course, why would someone want to take over the world?
Comment! of! the! Week! There were lots of great comments about what people are building, but I have to go with Ulysses for comment of the week:
I love building!
3) A career.
4) Some stories.
5) My own knowledge.
7) A castle out of lego with my daughter.
9) The world's best steak sandwich.
11) A life.
12) Neural pathways.
13) Muscle mass.
14) A genetic heritage.
16) And, of course, a Super-Destructo ray, because sometimes building stuff gets dull.
And finally, because every week needs more flying corndogs in space.... (and thanks again to Brent Peterson):
Have a great weekend!