News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff.
It’s a light week this week; I’ve been busier than usual and haven’t had much time to surf the web. But here are a few links for you:
- Amazon rolls out credits in ebook pricing settlement (Amazon) The credits come not from the retailer but as a result of publishers’ settlement of the case. They will be applied to Kindle and print book purchases.
- NEH Reveals $1.7 Milion in Grants for Nonfiction Books (GalleyCat)
- Author’s Guild Urges Limited Length Book Contracts (GalleyCat)
- Women’s Comics Are Surfing the Crowd. Although the major publishers (DC, Marvel et al.) are warming up to women in comics – both as characters and as writers and artists – some women are going the crowdfunding route to get their comics up and running. Or flying. Or whatever. (NPR)
Ann Rule, the true-crime writer who focused on victims as well as killers, is dead at 84. Her book about serial killer Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me, became a national bestseller. Rule and Bundy had been co-workers at a crisis clinic in Seattle before his arrest. Obituaries: Boston Globe; New York Times
Book & Movie Announcements
- Reading Rainbow coming to Netflix this fall (Entertainment Weekly) That’s the original show, not Levar Burton’s planned reboot.
- Boris Johnson to write Shakespeare biography. Americans may know Johnson better as the outspoken mayor of London. (The Bookseller)
- Finding New Homes for Your New(ish) and Not-So-New Books (BookRiot)
- Time’s Best Books of 2015 – So Far (Time)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
Graphic quotes from Harry Potter (WEAREYAWN on Behance)
That’s it for this week!