News & Notes – 5/09/15

May 9, 2015 News & Notes 6

News & Notes

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

Book News


Literary Losses

Ruth Rendell (via Goodreads)

Mystery author Ruth Rendell, author of over 60 novels including the Inspector Wexford series, died May 2, 2015, at the age of 85. Rendell also wrote psychological thrillers under the name Barbara Vine. (BBC News). Obituaries: BBC, The Guardian, NPR (with audio)

Children’s book author-illustrator Marcia Brown, winner of three Caldecott Medals and honored for six other books, died April 28, 2015, at the age of 96. Brown is perhaps best known for Stone Soup. Obituaries: Publishers Weekly; Seattle Times


Worth Reading

  • Karina Sumner-Smith on Hope and Wonder in Science Fiction. “No one has walked on the moon in my lifetime,” I told them. “Yet you try to tell me that it’s my generation who has lost their wonder?  That it’s the young people of today who have let everything slip and fall into ruin? You don’t understand. You had the dream and the potential and the opportunities, and you messed it all up. You got hope and moon landings and that bright, glorious future. I got only the disasters.” That paragraph hit me – a child of 6 when Armstrong first walked on the moon – like a punch in the gut. But it’s not all bleak; in the second half of the essay, she writes with insight about SF’s relationship to the present rather than the future, and maintains that the hope and wonder are still there. (Fantasy Book Cafe)
  • 7 Reasons It’s Actually Totally Feminist To Read (And Write) Romance Novels, Thank You Very Much (Maya Rodale, for Bustle)
  • On Being Book Shamed in Middle and High School (Jessi Lewis, for BookRiot)
  • Fan(ne)girl – Maddie Rodriguez examines what Anne of Green Gables meant to her when she was growing up. (BookRiot)


For Writers & Bloggers


Book & Movie Announcements


Awesome Lists


Free and Bargain Books

Tor Books has partnered with BitLit to let book owners download inexpensive ebooks of titles they already own. (I checked; the titles aren’t up yet.) Other publishers who have signed on with BitLit include HarperCollins, Farrar Straus Giroux, and Angry Robot. Note that not all titles are included in the publishers’ agreements with BitLit, and those that are are usually backlist titles – but more large publishers have signed on than I anticipated when the service first started.

Once you verify your book and purchase the ebook, you will be emailed the title, which you can then upload to your device (presumably using Calibre.) While they do mention Kindle readers and MOBI files in their FAQ, it’s not clear whether all titles are available in MOBI format – and the FAQ suggest that Calibre can convert from ePub to MOBI, which doesn’t work if the file is DRM protected. So if you have a Kindle reader, you might check out Kindle’s Matchbook program first – though Matchbook only works for books you bought through Amazon.


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!


6 Responses to “News & Notes – 5/09/15”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ve actually never read any of her books, but my mother loves her, and I’ve been meaning to try the Insp. Wexford series for ages. So sad; we have lost a number of special people this year.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks, Jan! I’m glad you enjoyed the quote. I made the graphic (well, I used a stock photo and added the text.) I’ve been doing a few of them recently – they’re fun to create!

  1. Lily

    I’ve heard so many amazing thinks about Ruth Rendell’s stories but i never got around to reading them. I’m definitely going to pick one up now though.
    Kudos to Scholastic. They are always on the ball!
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