News & Notes – 8/14/13

September 14, 2013 News & Notes 12

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.

Books & Ebooks in the News:

Man Booker 2013 shortlist titles

Worth Reading: 

photo © J Brew (brewbooks), Flickr.  CC BY-SA 2.0

    For Writers & Bloggers:

    In Remembrance:

    The Library of Congress exhibition, “Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, features the collections that the Library has amassed and is still receiving about the tragic events of one year ago.”  You can read about the exhibition and see some of the collected materials online.


    Book and Movie Announcements:

    Awesome lists: 

    From Buzzfeed, via

      Really cool:

      Just for fun:  

        Bookish Quotes:

        That’s it for this week!

        I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

        12 Responses to “News & Notes – 8/14/13”

        1. Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

          I love this feature on your blog! Isn’t it awesome that they’re making a film in the world of Harry Potter? I hope they get the same people who made the film series to work on it because they’ve got some awesome special effects people. I love the video about Shakespeare too, it’s really interesting 🙂
          Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

        2. Bea

          I agree with Kimberly, this is such a great feature!

          The news about the travelers surprised me; I expected the percentage for print books to be lower. A digital reader is so convenient and offers so much variety and takes up less space. Ah well, at least they are reading. The article about pleasure reading boosting school performance was no surprise to me. Any teacher knows that’s a no-brainer; it’s painfully obvious.

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            Thank you, Bea! Yes, that surprised me, too. I really thought traveling was where people who are ambivalent about ebooks, or who read both ebooks and print, would come down on the ebooks side, for exactly the reasons you state.

            And yes, the link between pleasure reading and school performance seems so obvious, yet many parents seem unaware of it.

        3. Greg

          Some good links as always… I especially liked the TOR article by Julie Crisp. I too miss browsing bookstores (especially used bookstores) amd finding a surprise. As much as I love blogging and getting the advanve word on new books, nothing compares to discovering a keeper in a shop. And I miss used bookstores too, there just aren’t as many anymore.

          The plot link was a good one too!

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            I miss browsing bookstores, too… but browsing the NetGalley and Edelweiss catalogs helps fill the gap somewhat. I do still browse in the library and in used bookstores, when I get a chance.

            Thanks for stopping by!

        4. kimbacaffeinate

          Triggered sounds in eBooks? Like when you get to a page or sentence or by choosing to do something? I gotta tell ya, noises scare me like when I visit a blog and music starts..we are talking Heart-a-tack!!!! Awesome informative post as always Lark! Keep up coming 🙂

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            That’s the idea… when you read a scene set next to the ocean, you would hear waves, and so on. It could be startling, until you got used to it. I’m not sure I like the idea; I like ‘hearing’ the sounds in my head.

            Thank you for the compliment! 🙂

        5. readerholicnotes

          Lots of great links to explore! I also don’t understand a traveler who would rather take a print book instead of an e-reader. I don’t always know what I plan to read either. The bingo game looks interesting. I don’t like the idea of sounds when I’m reading an e-book. I don’t need or want it.

          Also did you know a new Foyle’s War series begins tonight on Masterpiece Mystery on PBS? I can’t wait!

          • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

            Ooh, I wish I could watch Foyle’s War tonight, but I’ll have to wait until PBS streams it or it shows up on Netflix. We gave up cable last spring. (We hardly ever watched anything but PBS anyway; we were watching DVDs and Netflix streaming, when we watched stuff at all.)

            I’m with you on the sounds; I don’t think I’d like that. I don’t even listen to music when I read; I prefer to be immersed in the story.