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 will soon be the fifth-larges bookstore chain in the U.S. (Publishers Weekly). That’s arguably untrue, counters Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader.
- New York Libraries Are Promoting Reading On The Subway (The Digital Reader)
- LibraryReads So White, Or Why Librarians Need To Do Better (Katie McLain, Book Riot)
- Are First Editions Meant To Be Read Or Merely Displayed? (Maegan Donovan, Book Riot)
For Writers & Bloggers
- The Novel Factory book-writing software helps with planning and organizing your novel, and files can be exported to Word, RichText, and Scrivener. (Note: I haven’t tried this, but it looks interesting. However, at least half of what it does can be done in Scrivener, albeit without the “coaching.”)
Book & Movie Announcements
- The trailer for Murder on the Orient Express is out. They’ve got a great cast, but I have my doubts about Brannagh as Poirot. And while the costuming looks good, Brannagh’s makeup is over the top and not Poirot at all especially to anyone who has seen David Suchet’s superlative performances. Suchet’s Poirot is a perfect interpretation of Christie’s detective, from looks to mannerisms to personality. Brannagh’s Poirot appears modeled on Peter Ustinov’s.
- Harper Lee Estate endorses To Kill a Mockingbird graphic novel. (The Guardian) The artwork will be by Fred Fordham, who recently illustrated a graphic novel by Philip Pullman.
- 100 Must-Read Middle Grade Books for the Summer (Book Riot)
- Top Ten Sites for Book Lovers (Lifewire, 2016) and Ten Websites for Book Lovers (SuperheroYou, 2015) There’s some crossover on these lists, but both have websites worth checking out.
- 14 Careers for Readers, Because It Is Possible To Make A Living Off Your Love Of Books (Bustle) They left out copyeditor and indexer, so there are two more.
- Differently Abled Heroes to Inspire Younger Readers (Book Riot)
That’s it for this week!