News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey, dating from the 3rd century CE. (The Guardian)
- ‘Lost chapters’ of Malcolm X’s autobiography sold at auction. The material was acquired by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. (The Guardian)
- Tor Scales Back Library E-book Lending as Part of Test. Citing concerns that e-lending hurts sales and profitability, Tor will restrict new titles from library ebook lending programs for four months following each book’s release. Tor is a division of Macmillan. (Publishers Weekly)
- ‘Dire statistics’ show YA fiction [in the UK] is becoming less diverse, warns report (The Guardian)
- Amazon Profits Soar in the second quarter of 2018. (Publishers Weekly)
- New voices, but less global: the Man Booker longlist overturns expectations (The Guardian)
- Amazon now blocks Australian customers from using its overseas sites (including Amazon US.) As of July 1, Australians have only been able to use Amazon’s Australian site. The company blames the restriction on changes made to GST (the goods and services tax) by the Australian government. (ABC Australia)
- From bedtime stories to bribes: how to get your child reading more (The Guardian) I’ll add that there’s nothing wrong with continuing to read to your children right through high school. You can also turn it into a family affair, and let them choose a book to read to you, or take turns reading chapters. (But don’t make them read to you if they don’t want to; that sucks the fun out of it. And don’t correct them as they’re reading aloud; simply model good reading when it’s your turn.)
- Readers See Themselves in the Many Worlds of Seanan McGuire (NPR Books)
- Interested in collecting Harry Potter books? Here’s what you need to know. (ABE Books)
- Get Rid Of Books You No Longer Need With This Easy 3 Step Process (Bustle) I’m not so sure about the “easy,” though.
Book & Movie Announcements
- Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons are coming to Netflix! Shonda Rimes will adapt the series, which has some Bridgertons fans worried (see the comments on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books post heralding the adaptation.) But if the streaming movie or series is true to the books, which are witty and warm and wonderful, it could be delightful. It’s not actually clear if the adaptation will be of the entire series, of one book, or simply based in Quinn’s Regency world.
- Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” will finally get a film adaptation. (Deadline Hollywood) Not that I plan to watch it; I find it too disturbing.
That’s it for this week!