News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Tenn. Comic Shop’s Maus Fundraiser Garners $90K (Shelf Awareness)
- After Hearing, Maryland’s E-book Law Hangs in the Balance (Publishers Weekly). Meanwhile…
- Tennessee, Missouri Introduce Library E-book Bills; Illinois Bill Advances (Publishers Weekly). Meanwhile…
- PRH Continues Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries, ” as well as its temporary story time permissions.” The extensions run through June 30, 2022.
- Library use [in Britain] plummeted in 2021, but e-visits showed 18% rise during lockdown. (The Guardian) Britain’s lockdowns were more stringent than those in many US states. However, judging by my nearby regional library system, which remained shut to visitors during at least part of 2021, the situation in the US may have been similar. Our regional library system already offered catalog browsing, ebook borrowing, and print book hold requests online, even before the pandemic. It implemented curbside pickup of holds in spring of 2020; these remained in effect even after the library reopened to masked visitors (and through its temporary closure during the height of the omicron surge.)
- Forget Wordle! Can you crack the Dickens Code? An IT worker from California just did (The Guardian)
- In Defense of Slow Reading (Book Riot)
- Why (And How) You Should Keep a Commonplace Book (Book Riot)
Books, Movies, and TV
- A Show of Hands for Amazon’s The Rings of Power: Speculating on What We Know So Far. The character photos recently released by Amazon are pretty cool; they show characters’ torsos and hands, usually displaying the hilt of a sword, or in some cases holding a staff or other object. So you get a nice, close-up view of the costumes and props, which reflect much of the culturally rich design and attention to detail that went into character design for the original LOTR movies. Tor.com’s Jeff LaSala speculates (drawing on extensive knowledge of the history of Middle-Earth) on who or what each photo represents.
- 6 Great SFF Love Stories (Everina Maxwell, Tor.com)
Since it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, here’s a bookish quote from a romance novel: