Some questions, some answers: some obvious, some mad, some interesting — from the web this week.
When will Flickr let you upload videos? Bit obvious, you might think in the YouTube era. They've been talking about it for ages — but when will it happen? Next week, maybe? (via Video Voo)
When can you listen to Mark Thwaite of the Book Depository talking about book blogging on the radio? Earlier today is the answer, but thanks to BBC Radio 4's "listen again" feature you can catch up with the programme for the next few days.
What is going to make "blooks" and e-readers such as Kindle redundant? Podiobooks, according to Molly Flatt at the Guardian Unlimited. Unless we are talking Harry Potter or exam revision, not at Petrona Towers, however.
Why is bookselling on the UK High St "flat"?(Bookseller news) Lots of answers to this one, but to pick one, how about ringing the changes on the offers? Borders, Waterstones, WH Smith, and smaller chains such as British Bookshops, all have exactly the same 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 or whatever, offers. Why can't some of these chains have different books on offer? Central control and publisher deals are the reason, I am sure — but a bit of nose cutting off to spite face is going on here, especially as more of these shops are installing cafes and otherwise encouraging long stays by customers (not only inadvertently at T5). If each bookshop was more autonomous, it could be more flexible about offers, and – er – sell more books.
Oh well, back to more realistic questions. Would you accept a dinner invitation with Socrates? No thanks, says Mary Beard. Find out why at her posting at A Don's Life.
Finally, when do too many Cooks spoil the broth? When they are called Gray, or Gary, or Gary J, as PrairieMary found out when writing about that estimable genre, Montana Noir (see also yesterday's Petrona post and comment).