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:
- News Corp, HarperCollins Complete Purchase of Harlequin. Harlequin will operate as a subsidiary of HC. I assume Harlequin’s various American and overseas imprints (MIRA, Luna, Mills & Boon) will continue to operate as part of Harlequin. (Publisher’s Weekly)
- Hachette sales up despite conflict with Amazon. The increase is due in part to the Hyperion titles Hachette acquired from Disney, and in part to strong sales on new releases by Galbraith/Rowling, Patterson, and other. (Publisher’s Weekly)
- Amazon lays out its position on ebook pricing. (Amazon)
- Hachette’s purchase of Perseus Group has been delayed. Hachette is buying Perseus Group’s assets; Ingram gets the distribution piece of the business. (Publisher’s Weekly)
- Apple has bought book-discovery/analytics startup BookLamp. (TechCrunch)
Worth Reading/Listening to:
- 8 Tips for Moving When You Have a Ton of Books (Kim Ukura, BookRiot)
- Are You a Book Hoarder? There’s a Word For That (Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times)
- Can Harry Potter Teach Kids Empathy? (New York Magazine)
- Spotlight Falls on E-book Subscription Services (Rachel Deahl, Publishers Weekly)
- Middle Grade and YA: Where to Draw the Line? (Judith Rosen, Publishers Weekly)
For Writers & Bloggers:
- Literary Magazine McSweeney’s is running a short story contest for students. Undergraduate and graduate students can submit a 7,500-word story for a chance at $500 and publication in the Aug. 2015 edition. The catch? There’s a $55 entrance fee (but you get a year-long subscription.)
- A Cautionary Note for Pansters (CG Blake, Aerogramme Writers’ Studio blog)
|Michael Whale: cover art for The White Dragon|
- Warner Bros. has optioned the Dragonriders of Pern novels! Oh, please, please, please let them make a whole series of movies and let them not mess it up! (Deadline) (Also, my reaction)
- Warner Bros. has also bought the rights to Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. (Huffington Post)
- Casting continues for NBC’s upcoming live broadcast of Peter Pan. Allison Williams (Girls) will step into Mary Martin’s shoes as Peter. Christopher Walken has been tapped to play Hook. (GalleyCat)
- Bloomsbury revealed its new Harry Potter covers with art by Jonny Duddle. Sorry, US fans — these are the UK version. (Scholastic is also reissuing the series in the US with its own set of new covers.) You can see the entire series full-size at GalleyCat.
- 21 Books That Changed Science Fiction and Fantasy Forever (i09) They’re missing a few obvious ones (what? No Frankenstein?) but these are, indeed, some of the most influential SFF books ever published.
- The 20 Most Beautiful Children’s Books of All Time (Flavorwire)
- Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Children’s Book Edition (via GalleyCat)
Just for fun:
- It was only a matter of time. Presenting Wholock: The Musical. Eleventh Doctor, meet Sherlock Holmes.
- And from The Onion, a Kindle that loudly announces your book’s title and author. (Satire, so don’t take it seriously!)
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.