>Write on your hand instead

>Remember how creeped out everyone got when Amazon remotely deleted 1984 from Kindles everywhere? Well, this is creepier. Now they keep a record of what you underline.

>How do you buy books?

>I’m perplexed by Amazon’s statement about their showdown with Macmillan, where, after pulling that publisher’s print- and e-books from Amazon.com, they (paradoxically) go on to defend the free market as the best friend to the little guy: We have expressed our strong disagreement and the seriousness of our disagreement by temporarily ceasing the sale of […]

>Why Such a Lonely Beach?

>The new issue of the Magazine is out (with a cover by Lane Smith that makes me want to watch Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol immediately). You can see the table of contents with links to selected reviews (holiday books!) and articles (fan fiction!) right over here.

>Good luck with that

>I’m not sure just how sustainable e-lending e-books is going to be for public libraries. Three points made in yesterday’s Times article about the practice moved my eyebrows higher and higher until they were indistinguishable from my hair: “’People still think of libraries as old dusty books on shelves, and it’s a perception we’re always […]

>Digital reviewing

>We had a call this morning from a publisher who is thinking about supplying reviewers with f&gs of picture books in digital form and wanted to know if Horn Book could work with that/those. I demurred. Electronic galleys for fiction, maybe. Although my Kindle gathers dust (too hard to hold; I hate the buttons and […]

>Is that a hobbit in my pocket?

>Mainly because I could, last night I downloaded the Lord of the Rings to my Baby-Touch-Me iPod. Fourteen bucks from Amazon’s Kindle store, not bad. I’m all for ebooks and read them a lot, but I wonder if the format will encourage the kind of devotion to a text that my friends and I had […]

>The dangers of anecdotal research

>So this guy is estimating that Amazon has sold half a million Kindles. I have seen just two people, one months ago and one today, using them in public. Considering how many hours I spend on a subway, bus, train or plane I thought I would see many more, and I do look. So where […]

>I can’t quite put my finger on it.

>PW has announced its (casually) bookseller-chosen Cuffie Awards, with Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes as the picture book pick. It is a big favorite here, too, getting a starred review and a spot on our Fanfare 2009 list. Every parent I know loves it, and the text and […]

>And would Jane Eyre Twitter?

>Elizabeth sent me this link to the end of literature as we know it.

>November/December Horn Book Magazine

>The new issue is wending its way to your mailbox and we’ve posted selected excerpts online, including a three-way take on e-books and our annual list of the best holiday books. Does this mean I can finally start listening to Christmas carols?