News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.
Books & Ebooks in the News:
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- The Man Booker 2013 shortlist was announced on Sept. 10. You can find links to free samples of the shortlisted books at GalleyCat.
- “BiblioTech Digital Library Opens This Week”. The world’s first all-digital public library will open its doors today. (Michael Kozlowski, Good E Reader)
- “Pleasure Reading ‘Significantly’ Improves School Performance” according to a British study. I doubt that comes as much of a surprise to those of us who read a lot! (Jason Boog, GalleyCat)
- “Oyster Offering All-You-Can-Read eBooks for $9.95/Month” In other words, a subscription service like Netflix, for ebooks. At least two major publishers have already signed on, HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Unfortunately, it only works on the iPhone. (Sovan Mandal, Good E Reader)
- “71 % of Travelers Prefer Print Books Over e-books”. I don’t quite get that. I much prefer print books at home (except when I’m knitting — ebooks stay open!), but I can’t fit 600+ books in my luggage when I travel — and I don’t always know what I’ll be in the mood to read. Besides, I need the space for yarn. (Michael Kozlowski, Good E Reader)
- “The Rockstar of Rare Books Goes On Tour”. A rare copy of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in the U.S. (in 1640!) went on tour this week prior to its auction by Sotheby’s. It’s expected to fetch between $15 and $30 million. (Abe Books)
- “Google Submits New Patent for Triggered Sounds in eBooks” (Michael Kozlowski, Good E Reader)
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- “Book Browsing: A Lost Art?” (Julie Crisp, Tor.com)
- “It’s the Reader, Stupid” Hugh Howey points out the problems caused when publishers and large chains think of each other as customers, and why indie bookstores, indie authors, and Amazon are doing well by focusing on what the reader wants. (on his website/blog)
- “Opinion: Amazon: The Empire We Love to Hate” (Mercy Pilkington, Good E Reader)
For Writers & Bloggers:
- Is your e-reader overflowing with freebies and review copies? Take the Clean out your E-reader Challenge in November, hosted by Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading is more fun, and plow through some of those books!
- “No Plot? No Problem! Three Things to Keep in Mind While Brainstorming”. September is NaNoWriMo prep month — time to get that plotline worked out!
- “10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers” (post by Porter Anderson, tips by Hugh Howey; Publishing Perspectives)
The Library of Congress exhibition, “Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, features the collections that the Library has amassed and is still receiving about the tragic events of one year ago.” You can read about the exhibition and see some of the collected materials online.
Book and Movie Announcements:
- Tor.com reports that Patrick Rothfuss has sold “the first in a new fantasy series” to his editor, Betsey Wollheim. The book would presumably be published after The Doors of Stone, book three in the Kingkiller Chronicles. No word as to whether the new series will be set in the same world.
- Maggie Stiefvater announced a standalone book featuring Cole and Isabel from the Shiver series. The book will release in hardcover and ebook in July 2014.
- J. K. Rowling returns to the wizarding world to adapt Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for the big screen. (BBC News) Rowling announced the film on her Facebook page. I’m excited about this! It’s not Harry Potter, but it’s in that world (albeit 70 years earlier), and if it’s done well, it could be a lot of fun.
- Paddington Bear is getting a film, too, and Colin Firth will provide his voice. (BBC News) I can’t wait to see this one, either! I loved the books as a child. The rest of the cast is stellar, as well.
- Emma Watson will star in the film adaptation of Emma Forrest’s Your Voice in My Head. The book is about a bipolar Englishwoman and her psychiatrist. (Variety)
|From Buzzfeed, via literacymattersweekly.blogspot.com|
- 19 Cats Reading Books (Buzzfeed)
- 11 Most Evil Characters in Books (Koren Zailckas, Publishers Weekly)
- Performing Shakespeare’s plays with their original English accent — this video documentary is 10 minutes long, but fascinating and well worth watching if you are a lover of Shakespeare. (22 Words)
Just for fun:
- Give Random House Retreat’s Reading Bingo Challenge a try!
That’s it for this week!
I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature. You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.