A bit of book "news to me" (as opposed to "news") from the blogosphere:
Chris "Long Tail" Anderson’s next book is called Free. These are some of the candidate subtitles from which he’s trying to choose one: (1) FREE: The story of a radical price (zero); (2) FREE: How $0.00 changed the world; (3) FREE: How companies get rich by charging nothing); (4) FREE: The economics of abundance and the marketplace without money; and (5) FREE: The past and future of a radical price. You can also find out about Chris’s BookTour.com concept here.
Kimbofo of Reading Matters writes a four-star review of The Colombian Mule by Massimo Carlotto. I knew from CrimeScraps that this author is one I should read; now I am doubly sure.
Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders writes about why you don’t need to read Bill James’s Harpur and Iles series in order. I’m pleased about that, because I have a few of these books as-yet unread and certainly out of order.
Of all the miles and miles of cyberspace so far devoted to the Hay festival, Libby Brooks on the Guardian books blog here reports on Ruth Rendell talking about crime, punishment and genre snobbery.
And here are the latest updates to the audio book podcasts listed by Open Culture. This is a useful catalogue of books available for free download onto your MP3 player, if you have one. Jane Austen, the Brontes, Scott Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster and various poetry collections are but a few of the treasures described.
Karen C on Aust Crime has managed to complete her Colin Watson collection. Like Karen, I loved the Flaxborough Chronicles when I read them, more years ago than I care to mention.
And finally, for now, here are the books currently being read over at Mysterious Yarns blog. The socks (and similar) described on this blog are mind-blowing, never mind mysterious.