Here are a few links to provide some end-of-the-day enlightenment:

EW was among the 1 million who got an advance look at J.K. Rowling's Pottermore. They report that although the content is currently limited to book one in the series, "there’s still more than enough to make your entire afternoon disappear like a temporus suckus spell," explaining that the site's interactive elements, which include being sorted into houses, "represent the kind of useless but still desperately desired reward system that can turn horribly, wonderfully addictive."—check out their full report.

------------------ is the latest attempt to predict what you might like to read based on what you have liked to read in the past. My test didn't go well, since the first two books I attempted to plug in weren't in the database at all.

Which confirms my belief that there's just no substitute for the human touch when it comes to these things—anyone want to compare the results they get from Booklamp with our own Book Fortunes feature?  (Via)


Guardian blogger Laura Barnett claims that "the worst idea ever" goes to a new diet book for . . . 6- to 12-year-olds. It's called Maggie Goes on a Diet, and it's about a  14-year-old girl who "is transformed from being overweight and insecure to a normal-sized teen who becomes the school soccer star." Hmm. Nothing wrong with books for kids promoting healthy lifestyles—I always thought the American Girl books were good for that—but I feel for poor Maggie after seeing this book jacket:

Happy Friday, readers! Any big book-related plans for the weekend? I'm very much looking forward to finishing The Cookbook Collector, our Top Pick for Book Clubs for August.

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