News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google book-scanning project (Reuters) The Authors Guild had sued to stop the Google Books project; the Court declined to hear their challenge to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling last October.
- Lawyer Jan Constantine is leaving the Authors Guild a week after the Supreme Court decision. (Publishers Weekly)
- Juan Felipe Herrera named to second term as U.S.’s Poet Laureate (Library of Congress press release)
- John Grisham is giving away his new book for free. But it’s not a legal thriller. Instead, it’s a medical story with two endings, designed to raise awareness about a new and potentially life-saving cancer treatment called Focused Ultrasound. (I’m thinking they should avoid using the acronym for that one!) (CBS News interview)
- Michigan couple faces jail time for overdue books. (New York Daily News) Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
- John Green’s Looking For Alaska beat out Fifty Shades of Grey as the most frequently challenged book of 2015. (ALA)
- Amazon’s $50 7-inch Fire tablet now comes in colors — and with a 16GB option (the extra memory costs an extra $20.)
- Lemony Snicket (David Handler) on his love affair with classical music (The Guardian)
- It’s Not That Simple: Diversity and Comic Book Sales (Dave Accampo for Book Riot)
- Does Skin Color Matter When Casting Actors? (Ink and Page blog)
- Romance May Get Less Sexy and Other Takeaways from 2016’s Romantic Times Convention (Trisha Brown for BookRiot)
- I Wish Ebook Retailers Valued Ebooks (Peter Damien for BookRiot)
- One-Sitting Books Perfect For A Readathon (BookRiot) — in case you’re planning to do the Dewey Readathon!
- 31 Brilliant Books That You Really Need To Read This Spring (BuzzFeed)
- 13 Live-Action Fairytale Movies That Miraculously Don’t Suck Fairy Balls (i09)
That’s it for this week!