Links of Interest (June 25th 2008 through July 16th 2008)

Digital Dickens: How Scott Sigler is changing the way we read
The Independent (UK) covers the upcoming UK release of Scott Sigler’s “Infected”.

Leo Laporte Does 24 Hours of iPhone to Over a Quarter Million Viewers
I always find Leo entertaining. I tuned into this a few times and was amazed at how even with numerous technical faults and no sleep he kept things interesting.

Human Mirror
Improve Everwhere fills a subway with identical twins creating a human mirror, and messing with peoples minds.

Interview: Gaiman, Zelazny and More Coming To Your iPod
An interview with Steve Feldberg, content director for Audible’s science-fiction/fantasy line Audible Frontiers who have been releasing some very exciting audiobooks (including the upcoming release of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories)

Story of a Peanut: The TiVo Remote’s Untold Past, Present and Future
Fascinating history of the TiVo remote.

Harry Potter and the Book Cover Hype

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

Look, I’m as excited as the next person to get my hands on the next Harry Potter (although no one seems to be offering the audiobook for preorder yet), but why did I just see the cover on the news? Why did every bookstore, online and off, feel the need to email me a copy of said cover? The book has two different covers in the UK, neither of which is the cover shown here.

Why are the “news” stories making a big deal about the fact that the cover may have something to do with the story. It’s the cover. Most books seem to have covers, and a lot of them have images on them. Sometimes they have something to do w ith the book. Not news.