News & Notes – 9/28/13

September 28, 2013 News & Notes 10

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.

There’s a lot of book news this week!

Books & Ebooks in the News:

Worth Reading or Watching: 

  • Goodreads will start deleting content focused on “author behavior”In other words, if your review talks about how the author was rude to you or to a blogger, or threatened someone, your review can and probably will be deleted.  If you have a shelf labeled “nightmare authors”, that’s probably going to go away, too.  (Apparently some people keep Goodread shelves for the books they don’t want to read.  This had never occurred to me.  I have enough to do to wade through the huge numbers of books I do want to read.)  However, authors are also being asked to respond to reviews appropriately (or better yet, not respond at all) and can be removed from Goodreads if they don’t, so the censorship cuts both ways.  The change has sparked more than a little protest, judging by the comments.  You can read Goodreads’ Review Guidelines and Author Guidelines for more information.  
    • Personally, I’m of two minds about this.  I don’t like censorship in general, but as Goodreads points out, the reviews are supposed to be about the books, not the authors’ behavior.  It seems to me that the company is trying to discourage bullying and meanspiritedness by reviewers and authors alike. And to be fair, there have been abuses of power on both sides.
  • “What Ever Happened To Book Editors?”  Veteran editor Marjorie Braman muses on the editor’s role(s) and why she went freelance.  (Publishers Weekly)
  • “How Technology Empowers Blind Readers” (video of a TED talk by legal scholar and activist Ron McCallum.) 
  • Trying to define YA is tough, but the folks at Publishers Weekly‘s Shelftalker have come up with a pretty good one. 
  • “Where Do You Donate Your Books?”  (Megan Frampton, Heroes and Heartbreakers)
  • “Can’t Sign a Kindle” (Josie Leavitt, PW’s Shelftalker)

Book & Movie Announcements:

Awesome lists: 

Really cool:

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.

10 Responses to “News & Notes – 9/28/13”

  1. Rita_h

    I am blown away by the depth of your post this week! I am so psyched to dig into some of those articles after I have another cup of coffee or so 🙂 Thank you so much.

  2. readerholicnotes

    What great links, Lark! I love the smart and bookish animal photos and the periodical table is great. This whole thing with Goodreads is kind of sad. I hope you have a great weekend.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Thanks, Jan! Like I said, I’m torn about the whole Goodreads thing. I wish everyone on both sides — authors and reviewers — would just behave courteously, and then we wouldn’t have these dramas in the first place.

  3. Bea

    Oh, Goodreads. They’re spinning it as trying to reduce tension and bullying but their own words and actions contradict that.

    I hadn’t heard about Sony, that’s unfortunate for all of their US users. My friends that have Sony’s love them.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I love my Sony, even though it’s old. Well, actually, I’m beginning to get annoyed at how long it takes to turn a page, but other than that, I love it. But I’m afraid I may go over to the dark side on the next one… everyone in my extended family seems to have (and love) Kindles.

  4. Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    Love the periodic table, and that’s a shame about Sony but at least there are other markets for them. I personally love my Kindle (though I’m going to be buying the Kobo Mini when it comes on sale again) but loads of friends in the US are going to be sad about Sony’s decision.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      It is a shame about Sony, but I think they’re partly to blame. They’ve never really pushed their bookstore, and they never offered the tablet-style readers; in fact, while the other major players offer several choices at varying price points, Sony cut their line down to a single device, take it or leave it. Plus they have not marketed as effectively as Kobo, which has basically taken their place among the top players. It’s a pity, because Sony makes a really strong device.