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Tiny Books and Writer's Routines

Still having some writer’s block, so here are a few more interesting links I came across over the last couple days.

Nintendo and HarperCollins announced a deal where they will make 100 classic book titles available to read on the Nintendo DS game console.  Sadly, these DS books will initially only be available in the UK, but that’s still pretty cool.  Read the article in the Telegraph, a post at Jacket Copy, and a post at Green Pixels for more info.

A new blog, Daily Routines, posts about the writing habits and routines of famous writers.  The information is “culled from books, newspaper, magazines, and websites,” the site says.  They’ve covered quite a few authors so far — some of the many I recognized were Jonathan Safran Foer, Truman Capote, and Gay Talese.  Read this Jacket Copy post for a little more info.

Also, if you don’t subscribe to Jacket Copy, the LA Times Book Blog, you really should.  Carolyn Kellogg, their lead blogger, always has the most interesting links and commentary about book-related news.  Although, if you start reading this blog, the post I have of the links I find there will become irrelevant.  Hmmm…

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  • bermudaonion December 11, 2008, 8:38 pm

    Somehow I just can’t see reading a book on that little screen.

  • Kim December 12, 2008, 8:00 pm

    bermudaonion: I know, me either. Maybe someone will though 🙂

  • Rebecca Reid December 15, 2008, 8:08 pm

    bermudaonion and Kim, you really get used to it! I read on my handheld device/telephone all the time. Very convenient, actually, a lot of the time, since I always have my phone with me. But I still prefer a real book!

    I guess if you’re always carrying around your Nintendo, it’s just as easily accessible? But really, are Nintendo players interested in reading the project gutenberg/public domain texts that Nintendo will make available? I guess if HarperCollins is helping out, then maybe they’ll through in some popular fiction too, but I just don’t see Nintendo players reading…..call me judgmental…

  • Kim December 16, 2008, 12:20 pm

    Rebecca: Ha ha 🙂 I think you’d be surprised about the types of people who are into gaming. My friend Amanda was just telling me about how the demographics of gamers are shifting to older and more educated people. So, DS players like my 17-year-old brother probably wouldn’t care, but I think there is a demographic of gamers that might actually like it. I’m sort of intrigued; if they start doing it in the US and it’s cheap enough I might buy one just to see it.