News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Court Blocks Maryland’s Library E-book Law, granting a preliminary injunction in response to the Association of American Publishers’ motion. The judge seemed to side with the AAP on all counts, and found “the Maryland law is fatally flawed because it is preempted by federal copyright law.” (Publishers Weekly)
- The 2021 Swoon Awards winners were announced on February 14. Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis took the most awards, winning Contemporary Romance, Debut Romance, and Romance Cover. The Swoon Awards is “a readers’ choice award for romantic fiction.” Readers nominate and vote on titles in a variety of categories. The awards are currently in their second year.
- #Audiblegate: Audible adjusts terms after row over ‘easy exchanges’ that cut royalties. (Publishers Weekly)
- ABA Town Hall Focuses on Board’s Commitment to Free Speech, but also discussed the ABA’s work in regard to Amazon. (Publishers Weekly)
- The Most Successful Book Thief in American History (Book Riot)
- Ursula Nordstrom and the Queer Revolution of the 20th-Century Children’s Book (Book Riot) As “editor-in-chief of Harper & Row’s Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973,” Nordstrom had a profound impact on mid-20th-century children’s books, choosing to center children and their feelings and experiences, rather than parents’ values. We have her to thank for Maurice Sendak’s books, Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, Harriet the Spy, and many other classic books.
- Why romance novels, more diverse than ever, are having a moment (Seattle Times)
- How Much Does Annotating Help You Remember What You Read? (Book Riot) I have been considering annotating some of the books I read. It feels like a huge step for someone who has never annotated or highlighted something that wasn’t a textbook, but I am also drawn to the idea.
- Why Is Publishing Plagiarism Still Possible? (Book Riot)
For Writers & Bloggers
- 20 Famous Writers on Being Rejected (Literary Hub)
Books, Movies, and TV
- Where to start with: Agatha Christie (The Guardian) Wondering which Christie novel you should read first? Mystery writer Janice Hallett has some suggestions… most of which I agree with. (I will note that her description of The Seven Dials Mystery is incorrect. A few of the characters appeared in The Secret of Chimneys, but they are not, by and large, the main suspects in The Seven Dials Mystery, and there aren’t all that many dead bodies; in fact, I only recall one. It is, however, a humorous and somewhat madcap adventure.)
Cool, Fun, and Awesome
- These rocks are hand-painted to mimic book covers. Amazing!