News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- Publisher plans no future editions of Cosby bio (AP via Washington Post)
- New Survey Shows eBook Buyers in the UK Outnumber Pirates By Fourteen to One (The Digital Reader, citing a British survey)
- How One Law Banning Ethnic Studies Led to Its Rise [in high schools] (J. Weston Phippen, The Atlantic)
- Why Books are Comforting to Anxious People (Nicole Froio, BookRiot) Her explanation is spot-on. and puts into words what I’ve tried to articulate for years.
- The Therapeutic Effects of Reading Middle Grade Fiction as an Adult (S. Zainab Williams, BookRiot)
- The Magic of Being a Bookish Older Sister (Samantha Gualito, BookRiot)
Award-winning author E. L. Doctorow, best known for Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, died July 21, 2015, at the age 84. Doctorow often mixed historical and fictional characters in his books, to the delight of readers and the chagrin of historians, but was widely recognized as a great American novelist. Obituaries: NPR ; The Guardian ; New York Times ; Washington Post
For Writers & Bloggers
- “Writing Full Time: Marie Brennan” talks about dealing with the isolation of being home all the time. (guest post on Jim C. Hines’s blog)
- IBM’s Watson can analyze your emails (or other writing) for tone. (Lit Reactor)
Great Blog Posts
- “Word from the Herd: Authors shouldn’t work for free… but Bloggers should?” asks Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. And a whole lot of people answered!
- Ro asks about “Reading Books That Have Been Signed by the Author” on In the Know With Ro. Do you or don’t you?
Freebies & Bargains
- This week’s free SYNC titles (downloadable audiobooks) are March by Geraldine Brooks and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. You’ll need Overdrive Media Console to download, but it’s free.
- Amazon has over 40 Kindle beach reads under $2.99 today (Saturday) only – including titles by James Patterson, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Sherryl Woods, Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry, Linda Lael Miller, Karen Harper, Brenda Novak, Stephanie Laurens, Sarah Morgan, and more. Most of them are $1.99.
- Fantastic Feminist Books for Young Adults (BookRiot)
- 9 Young Adult [fantasy] Titles That You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall (SF Signal)
- 9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction (BookRiot)
- 8 Weird Facts From the History of the Library (Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire)
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Book-themed graphics by Carol Oliveira on shirts, totes, mugs at RedBubble
That’s it for this week!