Authors on Kindle, Part II: Earlier this month we read Nicholson Baker's Kindle review, and now we hear from David Byrne, who expounds on the Kindle's virtues ("Reading The New Yorker, for example, was pretty great") and its potential drawbacks ("All the unread books in your Kindle library are stuck on what will eventually become antiquated technology.") He's also seems to be the right person to see and articulate the comparisons to music's experience of going digital:
"As with music, sharing things is a way of getting to know one another
and a form of reciprocal debt "” if I "lend" you my book, you sort of
owe me"¦ a book, or something. We're linked now, which is how we use
these things that represent our inner selves "” as social connectors.
Take that ability away, the ability to exchange stuff that represents
us, and I'll bet some of the "value" of these kinds of e-books goes
too"¦ the social interconnectedness value, not the dollar value."
Looking for a literary prize-match? You won't find it in Canada: Famed Canadian short story writer Alice Munro surprises Giller Prize judges by withdrawing her newest collection, Too Much Happiness, from consideration for this year's prize on the grounds that she's won the prize twice already and hopes to "leave the field to younger writers." But might she really just be leaving it to Margaret Atwood? The longlist will be announced September 21. [via The Globe and Mail]
New 'toons in Tinseltown: Disney acquires Marvel Entertainment for a reported $4 billion with big plans to "patch the Marvel characters into its other businesses," including theme parks and consumer products.
"A friend helping you in the kitchen": Co-author of the beloved and bestselling Silver Palate Cookbook and Parade columnist Sheila Lukins has passed away at her home in New York City at the age of 66.
Moving & shaking: Business and leadership guru Ken Blanchard takes three top slots in today's Movers & Shakers: The Leadership Pill at #2, Fish!at #8, and The One-Minute Managerat #11. --Anne