News & Notes — 4/27/13

April 27, 2013 News & Notes 6

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:

Giuseppe Leto Barone. Used under Creative Commons licence (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Worth Reading:

E. L. Konigsburg
  • Children’s author E. L. Konigsburg died last Friday, August 19.  It’s worth reading both the New York Times obituary by Paul Vitello and “Postcript: E. L. Konigsburg (1930 – 2013)”, a lovely piece by Emily Greenhouse on Konigsburg’s best-known work, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, in The New Yorker.
  • Historical romance author Courtney Milan has an interesting piece on publishers’ need for a digital strategy, based on the success of Avon’s historical romance ebooks in the past year or two. 
  • “Book Discovery: Give Me Blind Dates With Books” talks about how we do, and should, discover new books.  (Suw Charman-Anderson, Forbes)  I don’t agree with her on all points, particularly regarding the reliability of online reviews.  Yes, there are a lot of fake reviews on Amazon, and probably on Goodreads as well.  But most bloggers I read are real people, with real opinions. I learn over time which reviewers’ opinions most closely match mine; if those reviewers like a book and I like the description, it’s probably worth trying.
  • Waterstone’s founder Tim Waterstone would not start a bookstore today, according to an interview with Neil Craven at This Is .

For Writers:

  • Amazon currently has Scrivener writing software on sale for $20, more than half off the list price.  My daughter and a writer friend both use Scrivener, and think it is fantastic.  It’s very versatile; you can use it for fiction or nonfiction, even for writing research papers.  I plan to get my own copy.

Awesome Lists:   

Ebook Bargains: 

  • Earlier this month, I reviewed Dorothy Sayers’ Whose Body?, the first Lord Peter Wimsey mystery.  Publisher Open Road Media recently put it on sale for $0.99.  Go to Open Road’s page for Whose Body? and click the link for “Buy the Ebook”, where you will find links to the five major ebook retailers.

    Just for Fun:

      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.

      6 Responses to “News & Notes — 4/27/13”

      1. kimbacaffeinate

        Love all the information..still waiting for my settlement credit from B&N and Amazon with all these suits..course its for store credit..but I could use a new book or two *eyes swaying tbr towers*

      2. Bea

        I love these posts you do.

        I too am waiting for my B&N and Amazon credits. *ignores TBR pile of doom*

      3. Jan

        I really enjoy reading these News and Notes every Saturday. You find lots of interesting information. Thanks for doing this.