News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Amazon opens a bricks-and-mortar store in Seattle, while Indiebound adds a buy-now option to let ebook buyers choose the indie bookstore they want to credit with their purchase. (Book Patrol) In an interview with Publishers Weekly, an Amazon VP talks about the new store and how its inventory is chosen — and whether more such stores are likely in the future.
- No, All Romance Novels Are Not The Same (Jenny Trout, Huffington Post)
- An interview with influential fantasy author Tamora Pierce(holdfast magazine)
- Career of Evil, by J.K. Rowling Writing as Robert Galbraith. Author Charles Finch (The Laws of Murder; Home by Nightfall) thoughtfully reviews Rowling’s latest novel. (New York Times)
- Short film ‘The Library’ is a lovely, leisurely ode to the power of books, libraries, and love — and you’ll swoon over the gorgeous library. The film is by Jason LaMotte, and runs about 20 minutes. Don’t miss it. (Vimeo)
- The Zen of Adult Coloring Books (Julie Beck, The Atlantic)
- Problems Only Book Lovers Understand (BuzzFeed, on YouTube)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Why You Should Plan for a Successful Blog! Like a Blogging Ninja! (Between My Lines)
- Why You Should Have Social Media Share Buttons on Your Blog (Caffeinated Reviewer) After reading this post, it’s on my list of things to get to!
Book & Movie Announcements
- The first publicity stills from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are out!
- J.K. Rowling has begun working on first children’s novel since Harry Potter (Mashable)
- The BBC is Adapting Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for Television (Tor.com) It makes more sense than trying to squeeze it into a movie.
- Books Design and Book Art Boards on Pinterest – lots of lovely bookish Pinterest boards
That’s it for this week!