News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Federalist Paper #2 surfaces. The John Jay manuscript, thought missing since the 1890s, was discovered among the documents of the Brooklyn Historical Society. (New York Times)
- BEA weathers the move to Chicago, plus a heads-up on next year’s BEA. (Publishers Weekly)
- Amazon introduces VoiceView for Kindle, to improve accessibility for visually-impaired customers. It will be available on the Paperwhite; Amazon had already developed it for Fire tablets. It will require an adapter that plugs into the mini-USB port. Amazon has also added the customer-requested OpenDyslexic font to the Paperwhite’s font library.
- Goodreads Giveaways now includes Kindle books (Goodreads blog)
- Audible Users Can Now File Share (GalleyCat) I suspect there are some restrictions that the article doesn’t mention, but if you’re an Audible user, it’s worth checking out.
- BEA 2016: Children’s Breakfast Speakers Agree: Books Change Lives. (Publishers Weekly) The speakers were Jamie Lee Curtis, Dav Pilkey, Sabaa Tahir, and Gene Luen Yang.
Great Blog Posts
- How to get the originality fairy to bless your posts (Becca and Books) (Many thanks to Got My Book for steering me to this post in last Sunday’s wrap-up!)
- How do you deal with comments? Lory of The Emerald City Book Review discusses replying to comments, visiting back, and various comment systems (WordPress, Disqus, etc.) The comments are worth reading, too. (Hmm, that was kind of meta.)
- Ever wonder what Hessian boots are? Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust explores the history of the Regency era’s favorite boot.
For Writers & Bloggers
- How Writers Ruin Their Amazon Links (Yes, You Probably Do It Too). And it’s not just writers. Bloggers need to pay attention to this too. Shorten those Amazon links! (Gwendolyn Kiste)
- Enter the “Book Studio 16 Shelfie Contest” held by HarperCollins. Submit a shelfie video of no more than 2 minutes.
Book & Movie Announcements
- Lisa Kleypas announced her 3rd Ravenels book in a video on her Facebook page… and if you’re a Wallflowers fan, you’re going to love this! There’s a link to the teaser pages, too. (Watch the video before you read the teaser.) I’m so excited about this one, I’ve already preordered it—and it won’t be out until February 2017!
- George R. R. Martin has released another excerpt from The Winds of Winter on his website. He will also be appearing as Guest of Honor at Balticon, the Baltimore-area SF/F convention, at the end of May.
- 10 Weird and Wonderful Words about Literature and Reading (Interesting Literature)
- The Top 100 Children’s Books on Goodreads (Goodreads) I’ve read 36 of them. It’s a good list.
- The Top 100 Young Adult Books of All Time (Goodreads) is heavily slanted toward the last 10 years, and has some overlap with the Top 100 Children’s Books list, but there are some terrific book suggestions here. I’ve read only 12 of them so far.
Really Cool / Just for Fun
Who is Sherlock Holmes (a TED-Ed Talk by Neil McCaw)
Isn’t this gorgeous? You can get the same design on phone and laptop skins, mugs, totes, and as posters or prints. (Design by Books & Cupcakes; available through Redbubble)
That’s it for this week!