News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Litsy is a new social media app for readers. I don’t think it will replace Goodreads, especially since the app is only available for iOS so far, and it’s not nearly as robust as Goodreads.
- Amazon’s Prime Day is July 12; it will feature lots of deals for Prime members, if you happen to be one.
- Kindle’s new Page Flip will let you switch back and forth between two pages. Useful for lists of characters or glossaries…but it isn’t available in every book. (Mashable)
Book & Movie Announcements
- J. K. Rowling released a short story about Ilvermorny, the North American wizarding school.
- Neil Gaiman has a book of Norse myths coming out in February. (New York Times)
- Doubleday to publish all-ages coloring books of 5 classics: Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, and A Christmas Carol. (That book list is as interesting for what isn’t on it as for what it contains, don’t you think?) (GalleyCat)
- And if those don’t float your boat, there’s a Lisa Frank adult coloring book in the works (to be sold through Dollar General.) (Huffington Post)
- An illustrated guide to the best places to read with children (Brightly)
- Amazon’s best YA books of 2016 so far — The Crown’s Game is on my list, as are several of the sequels to various series — but I’ll need to start those series first!
- Amazon’s best science fiction and fantasy of 2016 so far — I’ve read The Invisible Library and have League of Dragons and Every Heart a Doorway waiting on my Kindle.
- Amazon’s best romance of 2016 so far — I’ve read three of them and rated them all pretty high: Because of Miss Bridgerton, Hot in Hellcat Canyon, and Best of My Love. I have several more on my TBR list.
- CSI Poetry – The life and death (OK, just death) of poets gather cause-of-death statistics for 249 poets and puts it into a single infographic. It would be nice if the graphic also indicated which poets died of which causes (which ones were executed, for instance?), but there is a clickable section at the bottom of the page on which the infographic appears (not part of the infographic) which does just that.
Just for Fun
Want to see the entire TED-Ed page for this video? Click here.
That’s it for this week!