Book news from me, if not to you

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 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.

4 thoughts on “Book news from me, if not to you

  1. Libby Brooks made some excellent points, especially in her conclusion. I was there and will post later in the week, when I can, with more detail. Even more Hay posts later, if I can make it!

  2. That very same Peter has just discovered Colin Watson Watson accomplished that utterly jaw-dropping feat of bringing a 1960s and ’70s sensibility to a Golden Age-style mystery. I have decided that he is one of the most interesting and probably underrated crime writers who has ever lived, and I will be writing more about him.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  3. Yes, Peter, after reading Karen C’s and your posts, I now wish I hadn’t given all the books away, as I did own them all, once. Such is the fate of so many, many books I once owned.

  4. The groundswell of interest in Colin Watson has not, er, swollen to the point where anyone has commented on my posts about him, but I hope it gets there.
    It’s hard to believe his stuff is out of print. Perhaps readers just cannot understand satire that loves its subject but makes unsparing fun of it at the same time.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

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