by Linda Holmes
• We knew that Glee had planned a massive casting call to let fans audition for a couple of new spots in the cast; what came as more of a surprise when details broke yesterday is that they're doing it through MySpace.
• It turns out that music-based videogames have taken a turn for the less commercially successful in the last year or so; consider the fact that Beatles Rock Band has sold only a third as many units as Guitar Hero: Aerosmith has.
• More thoughts on e-book readers and book covers: what about the marketing problem that comes from readers not acting as walking ads for books?
A new toy (literally), Emma Thompson talks about life, and Stephen King still loves a nice Kindle, after the jump.
• One researcher has found that kids want to read, but that assigning novels is actually a very bad way to get them reading. Teachers, meanwhile, struggle to give up the idea of introducing students to books they love. (Hat-tip to Bookninja.)
• If you think Emma Thompson is kind of great -- as I do -- you might enjoy this story about a recent radio appearance in which she discussed how satisfying work and a great husband both helped put her back together at a low point in her life.
• An interesting little media tale about how Us and People wound up with almost identical Sandra Bullock covers. (Really -- it's about photo acquisition, not about Sandra Bullock, and it is sort of interesting.)
• Apparently, Stephen King still loves his Kindle. And he's right, in my opinion -- for straight novels, it's an almost ideal device. For footnotes, illustrations, and so forth, there's room for improvement.
• New characters from Toy Story 3 have been slowly showing up, and I was tickled by the appearance of Chatter Telephone, because I most certainly had a Chatter Telephone once.