News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Print Unit Sales Rose 2% in First Half of 2018 (Publishers Weekly) And while audiobook sales are up overall, CD sales are down sharply, which may spell the beginning of the end for that format.
- B&N Begins Another CEO Hunt after unexpectedly firing their CEO on Tuesday, July 3. (Publishers Weekly)
- Using SF/F to Break the Rules (Sam Hawk, on Tor.com)
- RFID Machines in British Libraries Are Producing Charming Found Poetry (Electric Lit)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Kill Your Darlings: 101 Pieces of Advice for Writers and Serial Killers Or maybe for those who write about serial killers. (Quirk Books)
- The Curious Origins of 16 Common Phrases (Mental Floss)
- Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2018—So Far (Tor.com)
- 20 Summer Books We Cannot Wait to Read (Tor.com) Sci-fi, fantasy, and spec-fic books coming this summer.
- LGBTQIAP Protagonists in Fantasy and Science Fiction (The Illustrated Page blog)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
That’s it for this week!