The HFR blog will be back to full speed next week, but we wanted to pass along some good reading to take you into the new year.

This article, about buying bargain books online instead of at bookstores and the effect of that on the bookselling industry is a great read. Buying books online, according the former owner of Cody's Books is "not morally dubious, but it is tragic. It has a lot of unintended consequences for communities.”

On the brighter side of things, this article from Poets & Writers is a fascinating Q&A with four young literary agents. Get the inside scoop on query letters, what they're looking for, where the find the authors they represent, and more.

A very happy new year to all our readers, contributors and submitters! We wish you health, happiness and lots of creativity in 2009!