Links We Liked for 5 August, 2008.
We're in holiday mode and it's only going to get worse over the next couple of weeks, so here are a few good links to be going on with.
The Washington Post has a review of Doris Lessing's reimagining of her parents' lives, Alfred & Emily.
The Freakonomics blog at the New York Times has an interesting idea for writers hoping to take the risk out of writing: sell shares in your upcoming novel.
Wired has a breakdown of who is likely to want to buy a Kindle ebook reader and concludes not only that the reported sales so far of 240,000 Kindles represents quite a large chunk of the market for these things but that the Kindle at this point is something like a 'game changing Harpsichord'. That may turn out to be a little harsh, but it's a fair assumption that the 'iPod of reading' is not likely to sell as well as the iPod itself.
And finally, it may be quite historic now, but Bookride has a terrific tall tale from the second hand book trade. Is it true or untrue? I don't care.
Posted by Chris Routledge