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- The Library of Congress is closed during the government shutdown, including its website, but you can access an archived version of the site on the Wayback Machine. Other government sites are also available there. (Thanks to GalleyCat for pointing me to these sites.)
- “Scribd Launches E-book Subscription Service” (Calvin Reid, PW). Think Netflix for books.
- The 2013 Narrative Prize goes to Kristin Valdes Quade (GalleyCat), while…
- Dan Zevin has won the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor.
- And Philip Roth was given the French Legion of Honor award. (Dianna Dilworth, GalleyCat)
- “Apple Appeals Price Fixing Verdict, Final Injunction” (Andrew Albanese, PW)
Worth Reading (or viewing):
- “What Terrifies Teens in Today’s Young Adult Novels? The Economy” (Marcela Valdes, NPR Books)
- “Hey, Guys Who Only Read Other Guys: Stop That” The author argues against only reading male (straight, white, etc.) writers. (Alanna Okun, BuzzFeed Books)
- “Choosing Chekhov over chick lit improves your people skills” (Hayley Dixon, The Telegraph)
- “Book Covers: Before and After” Several cover designers explain the design process using examples of rejected covers and the final cover.
- Fans of Rick Riodan may want to read Publishers Weekly‘s long interview/article on Riordan, his books, the films, and his recent move to Boston. There are also hints of what’s to come in the Lost Heroes series, and Riordan’s next series will deal with Norse myths.
- “Things Not to Do in a Bookstore” (Josie Leavitt, PW‘s Shelftalker blog)
For Writers & Bloggers:
- Shannon at River City Reading and a few of her friends have created a Book Blogger Survey to find out what kind of posts bloggers do, what stresses they feel, what helps them keep going/avoid burnout, and how blogging has impacted their reading habits.
- “20 Great American Cities for Writers — That Aren’t New York” (Jason Diamond, Flavorwire)
- ‘Pacemaker’ helps you set a writing schedule with daily word count goals. The online software is free.
- The Big List Collects 1,500+ Literary Magazines, in case you’re looking for places to submit your work. (Jason Boog, GalleyCat)
- And GalleyCat is building a directory of freelance editors for self-publishing writers to use.
- Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles, has signed a 2-book deal with her publisher. The first book will be an Alice-in-Wonderland prequel entitled Heartless, currently scheduled for fall 2016. (PW)
- “100 Quotes Every Geek Should Know” (Ken Denmead, GeekDad, via Wired) The list is a bit male-centric, and it’s clearly based on the author’s own geek-culture preferences, but there are some good picks — and if you read the comments, you’ll no doubt find a lot more of your favorites.
- “10 Family-Friendly Scary Movies” — Plus a giveaway! Enter to win aDVD of each movie plus copies of 2 children’s zombie books by J. Scott Savage. (HarperCollins Children’s)
- “30 Excellent Bookstore Windows from Around the World” (Emily Temple, Flavorwire)
- “17 Reasons Why Fall Was Made for Reading” (Buzzfeed)
- “14 Books that Traumatized You as a Kid” (Adam Ellis, Buzzfeed Books)
Just for fun:
|by Airiz, via Cinderella in Combat Boots blog|
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.