News & Notes – 7/26/14

July 26, 2014 public libraries 5

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:


    Worth Reading/Listening to: 

      For Writers & Bloggers:

        Literary Losses:

        • Thomas Berger, best known for Little Big Man, died last week in Nyack, New York. He was 89. (Obituaries: Washington Post; Huffington Post)
        • Australian Liam Davison, author of Soundings, The Velodrome and several other books, was on the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine. (GalleyCat. The Sydney Morning Herald also has a tribute to Davison’s work.)

        Book(ish) Announcements: 

          Free & Bargain books:

          • SYNC Audiobooks

          Awesome lists: 

          Matilda by Charlotte Olympia (unfortunately, no longer available)

            Really cool:

              Just for fun:  

              Stainless steel wire fairies, by UK artist Robin Wight (via BoredPanda)

              • Check out these gorgeous wire fairy sculptures by UK artist Robin Wight. There are more sculptures and photos if you click the link.

                Bookish Quotes:

                That’s it for this week! Happy reading!

                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.

                5 Responses to “News & Notes – 7/26/14”

                1. Rita_h

                  Lark, you have outdone yourself again! I just read through most of your articles while having 2 cups of coffee (it’s morning here). It’s like having a literary newspaper for me to read on Saturdays 🙂
                  I read and posted on Kimba’s book discussion this week (good one), liked the article about borrowing library books, loved the beautiful fairy sculptures etc.

                  I read with trepidation about Amazon keeping up this nonsense. We are an e-reader family, altogether we have: a basic kindle (son), paperwhite (me), hd fire (me) newer hd fire (hubby), daughter who doesn’t live with us (fire) and an old color nook (not used, not
                  working reliably). We even subscribe to Prime each yr. for the quick, free shipping service– especially for mailing gifts, the free movies and tv shows, and the free book a month.
                  After I have said all this…I am ashamed to still be attached to Amazon with how they are behaving lately, playing games and trying to take over the online book world and punishing authors. Don’t get me wrong– I realize that some publishers played games where they charged customers too much for e-books to try to keep print books relevant– hence the recent rebates which many of us benefited from. I don’t know what I will do in the future, but for now I am sticking with them.
                  Enjoy your day!

                  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                    Rita, I love you! You know how to put a glow over my whole day! It makes me so happy when people enjoy these posts.

                    I have qualms about my involvement with Amazon, too. For a long time, I refused to have a Kindle, and went with a Sony ePub reader. But, well, everyone else on my side of the extended family had Kindles, and there were so many more deals and lower prices on the books I wanted to read. When my Sony Reader was dying, I gave in and asked for a Kindle Paperwhite, and I’ve really been enjoying it. And we’ve had Prime for years, for the shipping and sometimes the video streaming.

                    They do have a reputation for pushing publishers on price, sometimes beyond what small publishers, who have very tight margins, can afford. On the other hand, Hachette isn’t exactly guiltless either, as you point out. I’m leery of Amazon’s megalith status but I’ve benefited as a customer.

                    I don’t see Kindle Unlimited as another example of Amazon being avaricious, because there are two other companies out there doing exactly the same thing: Oyster and Scribd. It was only a matter of time before Amazon jumped in. As some folks point out, you can get the same service from a library, for free. (True, and I have made use of my library’s ebook lending programs.) Some will go with Kindle Unlimited for the convenience, and some will stick to Oyster or Scribd, and some will go with the library. Oyster & Scribd don’t (or didn’t) work on Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite, though they might on Fire. Incidentally, the public library is the only one of those services that includes any titles by the Big Five publishers, so for now, I’ll stick to the library. (Besides, I already pay to use my library, since my little local one is, well, LITTLE. So I pay to use the big four-county system headquartered in our nearest small city. Can’t quite see paying for KU, too.)

                2. Bea

                  Oh, look at those shoe photos, lovely!

                  And I have no doubt about books getting longer, the proof is sitting on my bookshelves. All anyone has to do is look at a book shelf in a store or scan the book lengths of books at an online vendor.

                  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                    I’ve got some pretty big “older” books on my shelves, but most of them are multi-book volumes. There are exceptions, but I think the “books getting longer” thesis is true.

                3. Berls

                  Great links Lark! The BitLit thing sounds interesting, though I’d kinda like to go in reverse and show them that I own an ebook and get a discount on the physical book LOL.

                  I wonder if Amazon is really losing customers over this whole thing – I mean, I don’t know anyone who has stopped buying books because of it. I’ll have to check that one out.

                  And gah! those shoes! Can I have them, please? LOL!