News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Leading authors call for [U.S.] government probe of Amazon’s ‘damaging’ power. (The Guardian)
- The lawyer, the lockbox, and the lost novel: Harper Lee book mystery widens as Lee’s former literary agent recounts his version of the finding of the Go Set a Watchman manuscript – in 2011, not 2014 as originally stated by lawyer Tonja Carter. (The Guardian)
- Filings Set Stage for New Ruling in GSU Copyright Case. The case deals with fair use in nonprofit education – specifically, whether GSU professors violated copyright protections when they made digital copies of some readings available to their students. The ruling could have wide-ranging effects, particularly if it severely limits the distribution of materials in this way – even when the original material is no longer available commercially. (Publishers Weekly)
- Amazon’s first Prime Day broke global sales records, according to the company, but disappointment over what was on sale (Fortune) combined with frustration when popular items sold out (Wired) may result in a customer backlash. (TechCrunch)
- ‘Rethinking To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a challenging and thought-provoking look at the novel from a black perspective. (Jabari Asim, for Publishers Weekly), while Errin Whack argues that ‘Go Set a Watchman Is a Revelation on Race, Not a Disappointment’ (NPR’s Code Switch)
- Why To Kill a Mockingbird Isn’t YA is as much about defining YA as it is about Lee’s iconic novel, and offers thoughtful insights into both topics. (Kelly Jensen, BookRiot)
- The Truth: A Three-Star Review Is Not a Bad Review (Brenna Clark Gray, BookRiot)
- Why I’ll Wait to Read Go Set a Watchman explores the problematic question of Harper Lee’s consent and participation (or lack thereof) in the publication of the novel. (Jessica Tripler, Book Riot)
- Why You Should Fly Your Geek Flag High on Embrace Your Geekness Day! You may have missed the actual day, but here’s why we should all embrace our inner geek. (Grammarly blog)
Book & Movie Announcements
- The Shannara Chronicles are coming to television, courtesy of MTV’s new series (io9) The series by Terry Brooks struck me as extremely derivative of Tolkien when I read the first book back when it first debuted, but the books have been so popular that there must be more to them than that. The TV series looks gorgeous; I may have to give the books another try.
- Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer, announced he will be leaving his job to write full-time. (Yay – more books for us!)
- Joss Whedon to write a steampunk comic book mini-series with a female lead. Think Buffy meets The Dark Knight meets Upstairs, Downstairs – the main character is a chambermaid who survives being “fed to a dark horror.” (Entertainment Weekly)
- Ever need to leave a movie to use the bathroom – or just get another soda? RunPee is an app that lets you know exactly when to leave the theater so you don’t miss the best or most critical scenes. It tells you how many minutes you have and fills you in on what happened while you were gone. It’s available for iPhone and Android as well as online.
- Want to quote one of the LOTR movies but can’t remember the exact words? Check out this site that contains the dialog and description of every scene – with screenshots.
That’s it for this week!