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:
- With Father’s Day coming up, join the #DadsRead campaign hosted by Zoobean and The Good Men Project to encourage dads (and grandpas!) to read aloud to their kids.
- Fair Use – Second Circuit Court upheld lower court ruling in HathiTrust library digitization case (Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly)
- And the Authors Guild responds (Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly)
- Meanwhile, the judge in the ebook price-fixing case will allow ebook retailers to sue Apple and the Big Five for harming their business by forcing the agency model on all retailers. (Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly)
- “Ebooks on course to outsell print books in UK by 2018” (The Guardian) Assuming the industry doesn’t experience a slowdown, of course.
- Self-published book sales are up 79% in the UK over last year’s sales. (Alison Flood, The Guardian)
- The new US Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein was sworn in on a Kindle. Seriously. (Brian Fung, Washington Post)
- Want to be killed off in the next George R. R. Martin novel? All you have to do is donate $20,000 to a charity drive he’s holding on behalf of The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot.
- “Hachette vs. Amazon: Show Me the Money” is a clear-eyed piece on the Amazon-Hachette dispute. No demonizing here, and no glorifying either. (Maggie Boyd, All About Romance). Another balanced piece is Calvin Reid’s “Is Amazon Really the Devil?” (Publishers Weekly)
- Word of mouth sells books. Just ask bookstore owner and PW blogger Elizabeth Bluemle.
- If there’s a recent grad in your life, ‘How to Adult’ has some great recommendations for books on surviving adulthood, from finances to cooking to learning new skills. (How to Adult, on YouTube)
For Writers & Bloggers:
- Opportunities for Writers: July & August (Aerogramme Writers’ Studio)
- “To a Future Writer: The Fantasy of the Perfect Writer” (Louise Kendrick, NaNoWriMo blog)
- Eric Hill, author/illustrator of the beloved Where’s Spot? and other children’s books featuring Spot the puppy, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at the age of 86. His books inspired an animated TV series for toddlers, The Adventures of Spot, which my daughter enjoyed when she was little. He will be missed. (Obituaries: Los Angeles Times; The Guardian)
- There’s a new Hercule Poirot mystery coming in September. The Christie family has authorized a new novel, written by mystery author Sophie Hannah. I’m torn between excitement and apprehension.
- Rick Riordan’s recent blog post has a number of updates, including a forthcoming Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles crossover story, release dates for Blood of Heroes, the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series, the Lost Heroes graphic novel, and Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (the latter is written in Percy’s voice, snark, funny chapter titles, and all!) And in case you missed the previous announcements, Riordan’s next series will tackle Norse mythology. Should be fun.
Free & Bargain books:
- In honor of the World Cup, the best books about soccer (BookRiot)
- 55 Thoughts for English Teachers (Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions)
- The Anti-Anti-YA Book List — compiled and alphabetized by title. “Complex, rewarding young adult reads no one should be ashamed of reading and enjoying.” (Scroll down; the list is below some commentary.)
- From way back in 1988(!), Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett discuss Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Sourcery, for ICA Talks.
- Really great book stuff. Robert McCloskey onesies, Great Gatsby tees — but what I really want is the Book Seat. Great for reading while lying on your side, or for knitting while reading. (via BookRiot)
- The History of Publishing Logos, an infographic by Alia Almeida of World Book Night (via Penguin Press tumblr) (Click link to see a larger version)
Just for fun:
- Quiz: Identify the book from its map. (The Guardian)
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.