News & Notes – 3/22/14

March 22, 2014 children's books, self-publishing 7

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.

Books & Ebooks in the News:

    Worth Reading: 

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    For Writers & Bloggers:

    Book and Movie Announcements:

    Awesome lists: 

    Really cool:

    Just for fun:  

    • Are you for or against the Oxford comma? If you’re not sure what that is — or not sure why you should care — here’s a short, clear, and balanced explanation that stops just short of choosing sides. (See what I did there?)

    Bookish Quotes:

    That’s it for this week!

    I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

    7 Responses to “News & Notes – 3/22/14”

    1. Stephanie Shepherd

      Lots of cool stuff in this post as always! The very first article you link to about de-genderfication struck a chord. I was recently talking to my sister and she mentioned that my nephew was currently reading Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and I popped out with “But those are girl books!” and immediately wanted to punch myself in the face. Thankfully I was not speaking to my nephew and it definitely made me think about how I perceive books and gender. Thanks for all the good links to explore!

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        You know, I’ve caught myself doing the same thing, despite the fact that I don’t really believe in “girls’ books” and “boys’ books.” Or rather, I believe that some books are written and more are marketed that way, but that a good book should transcend any such boundaries. Yet the gendered books concept has become really ingrained in readers and book-buyers as well as publishers. (Which begs the question: why would publishers want to limit a book’s potential audience?)

        Glad you enjoyed the other links, too!

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        I’m short, too, so I could use a whole roomful of those shelves! Or just give me a room walled in floor-to-ceiling shelves with one of those ladders-on-rails like we used to have when I worked at Waldenbooks. That would make me happy. 🙂

    2. Bea

      I’m an Oxford comma girl all the way! 😀

      Lots of good links and now I’m off to read them, starting with the TBR pile.