News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Economist Paul Krugman says “Amazon’s Monopsony is Not O.K.” (New York Times) For an opposing view, read Matthew Yglesias’s “Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers“. Frankly, I think they’re both going a bit far.
- Simon & Schuster & Amazon agree on new multi-year deal which reportedly gives S&S a fair bit of control over ebook prices. (CNET; also BBC and Business Insider). The LA Times suggests that the deal follows the agency model, but no details have been released. The question now becomes, if S&S is happy with the deal (and they seem to be), why can’t Hachette and Amazon come to terms?
- New E-book Subscription Service Debuts in U.K. (Publishers Weekly)
- J. K. Rowling Shuts Down New Book Rumors. No, she’s not writing a “romantic novel.” (MTV News)
- Squirl is a proposed book discovery app that works through location. It will show you passages from books about the places you visit, and perhaps steer you to a nearby bookstore where you can buy the book if you’re interested. It’s currently a Kickstarter project.
Worth Reading/Listening To
- Patrick Rothfuss was interviewed at NY Comic Con about his new book and his writing. The full 18-minute interview is on SoundCloud. Worth listening to even if you’re not a Rothfuss fan, especially for his advice to aspiring writers (live somewhere cheap!) (Beaks and Geeks)
- Landmark Study Examines Role of Tribal Libraries (Indian Country Today Media Network)
- Deborah Harkness talked about writing the All Souls Trilogy and her teaching and research with CNN’s Jill Martin Wrenn.
- Do We Read Differently At Different Ages? (Daniel Mendelsohn & Pankaj Mishra, New York Times Book Review)
For Writers & Bloggers
- 3 Ways to Increase Your Daily Word Count While Away From Your Computer (Jessica Strawser, Writers Digest blog)
- The NaNoWriMo site is up & running for Nov. 2014. Sign up now if you’re planning to do NaNoWriMo this year!
- Write or Die is software to help motivate you to write your daily word count. There’s a free web version and a for-purchase downloadable version. Robin recommends it!
- BookShelfery.com and CaffeinatedReviewer.com are hosting the Black Friday Book Bonanza Hop, so if you want your blog to participate in a great giveaway hop, check it out and sign up.
- Bloggiesta dates for 2015 have been announced. If you’re not familiar with it, Bloggiesta is a series of challenges to make your blog and blog design better.
- Too many NetGalley ARCs? Try the NetGalley November challenge.
Book & Movie Announcements
- Into the Woods has a new “exclusive look” trailer, and it looks pretty good. . . but why is there so little singing? (I wanted to embed the video, but so far, I can’t find an embeddable version.)
- My Book Club Read 200 Books. These Were Our Favorites (Huffington Post)
- The Childhood Homes of 20 Famous Authors (Flavorwire)
- 10 Children’s Books That Made Us. “Us” being the boomer generation. (Next Avenue)
- 50 Best Book to Movie Adaptations (Total Film) There are some good ones on here, but they missed a few, too. And it’s strictly a list for adults; there’s only one real children’s book in the bunch (Babe).
- 44 Great American Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit (BuzzFeed)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
Check out these cool tote bags from Out of Print!
That’s it for this week!