Notes: Plastic Logic E-Reader's Wireless Connection; IndieBound App 1.5

The Plastic Logic e-reader, which the company plans to introduce early next year, will have a wireless connection supplied by AT&T that will allow users to download books from anywhere with a phone signal a la the Kindle, the AP reported.

On Monday, B&N announced that as part of its new eBookstore, it will offer e-books for the Plastic Logic e-reader.

The device's "target market will be professionals who would want to display business documents in nearly full size," the AP added. "Reading novels would be a secondary application."


IndieBound has updated its iPhone app so that it now fully integrates with users' book lists on Additions, changes, new lists, etc., are synched back to The app also remembers users' favorite bookstores for online shopping.


The Brooklyn Paper showcased WORD Bookstore's literary basketball league and organizer/referee/bookseller Stephanie Anderson, who "says the league started as a joke, but a quick post on the bookstore’s blog received more than a hundred responses."

Of the five-question bookish application, she added: "I had no idea so many people could answer those questions and wanted to play basketball."

"It’s so much fun, everyone is low key," said Faith Black, an editor at Avalon Books and captain of the Mrs. Balloway team.


Lizz Kuehl's photographs in Time Out New York captured the spirit of the Gothic Charm School Tea Party Picnic, held July 18 at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y., to celebrate publication of Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them by Jillian Venters


For readers intrigued by the challenge of a book discussion in 140 characters or less, the Twitter Book Club has chosen Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge for its next meeting, August 17, from 9-10 p.m. The online book club meets live on Twitter on the second and third Monday of every month and is co-hosted by the Book Studio's Bethanne Patrick and and Kassia Krozser of Booksquare.


To alphabetize or not to alphabetize, that is the question. Or one of several questions addressed in a Guardian piece headlined: "Bookshelf etiquette. How to arrange your books."

Writer Sarah Crown observed that, "after a lifetime of experimentation, I find I prefer the fortuities and disjunctions that arise from eschewing arrangement altogether: my books end up on my shelves according to where I can jam them, which has the advantage of cutting down on random acts of borrowing, as only I know where anything is located."

Jim Crace offered alternative methods, including "The literary snob . . . Old Penguins, heavily creased to denote re-reading, are lined up in rows of orange, black and grey. These can be bought by the yard at most secondhand bookshops, and are a very easy way of acquiring instant intellectual credibility."

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