News & Notes – 2/22/14

February 22, 2014 self-publishing, tips for writers 7

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: 

    • “Five Steps to Purge Your Books” from Read It Forward.  Yes, I know, the idea of purging your books sounds like heresy.  But sometimes we have no choice… and sometimes, it’s just a good idea.
    • “Hugh Howie and the Indie Author Revolt”, Mark Coker’s take on the state of indie vs. traditional publishing today. Coker is the founder and CEO of Smashwords, so he’s perhaps a bit biased toward self-publishing, but he makes some very good points in this editorial for Publishers Weekly.

      For Writers & Bloggers:

        Book & Movie Announcements:


          Awesome lists: 

          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.

          7 Responses to “News & Notes – 2/22/14”

          1. Bea

            Heh, I just got rid of a dozen books and a few months ago I donated several dozen, Then again, I still have 10 bookcases stuffed full and scattered piles so more purging may be needed. 😀

            I hadn’t heard about the Nooks but I’m not surprised. The quality and the customer support are lacking. I love my kindles but I do wish there was a viable, quality option; the ereader device market seems to be rapidly shrinking.

            I love the stationary bike idea; I hope it catches on.

            • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

              I need to do some purging, too. I’ve got about as many bookcases as you, and scattered piles and a box from the last booksale. Definitely need to get rid of any I don’t plan to read (or read again.)

              It’s only the older model Nooks that are being discontinued; they’re still selling the newer ones and the Nook tablet. But I’m concerned about B&N’s long-term viability, which is why I switched to Kindle. I may have to pick up an inexpensive Kobo so I can keep reading my ePub books, though.

          2. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

            I love that quote! The photo from Outlander is beautiful. I hope it will be good. I like the library adding stationary bikes. I do some of my reading as I ride my stationary bike. Good links this week!

            • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

              I haven’t read Outlander yet, but the trailer looks good. I haven’t tried reading on the stationary bikes or treadmills at the gym yet, but I do listen to audiobooks while I work out. (Listen to me… it’s been almost 3 months since I got to the gym. Must. Get. Back!)