Medals, perspectives and biscuits

Via dovegreyreader scribbles, "Vote now": until 14 June the public can vote for their favourite Carnegie medal winner from all the books that have won over the years. This particular award is venerable — even I, at my advanced age, remember reading medal winners in my youth. However, although most of the books that have been awarded the prize that I’ve read are very good to excellent, some are not, or are not the best representative of that author’s work. So please do head on over to the link (here or via dovegreyreader’s post) and vote yourself. The winner will be announced on 21 June.

Maya Reynolds has picked up on a few impulsive comments she’s seen around the blogosphere, such as that John Grisham is a self-published author, and is systematially investigating them. In this post, she asks whether it is true that people are reading less since the invention of the Internet. More to follow.

Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) writes on judging art — I hope a few Harry Potter detractors read it.  Scott writes: "We assume our personal preferences are the standard by which all art should be judged. I think the best way to judge the quality of art is by how well the artist achieves his objectives, whatever those might be."

Save the planet. John Battelle brings the first news I’ve read that Google’s next move will be into web conferencing. Anything that helps to cut down on the current insane number of plane journeys has got to be good — I hope Google can succeed where other attempts to introduce good-enough technology to substitute for face-to-face meeting have failed.

Problogger lists his "top 100 Australian blogs".  I didn’t spot my favourite, Karen Chisholm’s excellent AustCrime (formerly It’s a Crime), but did see Deltoid, a popular science blog, lurking around the middle.

A couple of good posts on scholarly e-publishing: Prairiemary, as ever writing very clearly and instructively, on "print on demand meets textbooks"; and info NeoGnostic, who does not post often enough, on "e-books at the London book fair".

I will end with what reads like a delicious recipe for stem ginger biscuits. Very tempting; I think even I could make these.