Saw a couple of interesting pieces in the Australian this weekend -- Bob Carr writes about the case for cheaper books. Or why its beyond comprehension that parallel importing isn't being done for books - in his words "lower prices mean more sales, and more sales means more books in Australian homes". (no link)
There also was a review of an interesting book called the Art of Conversation, which argues that the great irony of the communication age is that we are forgetting how to communicate with each other. The money quote for me is that while how we communicate has changed; the nature of the communication hasn't really changed - I'm sure that in this age, people are writing the beautiful love emails, or having deep conversations on messenger, or facebook. It doesn't sound as romantic to me, but for those involved the experience would be different.