News & Notes – 6/14/14

June 14, 2014 self-publishing, SYNC 9

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/Watching: 

      For Writers & Bloggers:

        Literary Losses:

        • 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)

          Book Announcements:

          • 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:


            Awesome lists: 

              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.

                9 Responses to “News & Notes – 6/14/14”

                1. abibliophilesstyle

                  Oh my goodness, what an amazing post! I’m a new follower, so I haven’t seen this feature before. I can’t even imagine the work that goes into compiling all this information!
                  I agree with you about the new Poirot story. It could be amazing, but . . .

                2. Bea

                  That is so cool about using a Kindle for swearing it but it was inevitable that ebooks would be used sooner or later. The book seat is nice, an updated version of lap desks and book pillows. I love that quote about running to the library. 😀

                  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                    Apparently it’s not the first time an ebook was used — some firemen used an ebook Bible for taking their oaths recently, and someone in city government also. But I think it’s the first time a national official has used one. And I’m glad you like the quote!

                3. Katherine P

                  I hadn’t seen that about Eric Hill. So sad. I loved his books. The Hiding Place is an amazing book. A friend kept pushing it on me but I kept putting off reading it but once I did it was one of those books I couldn’t shut up about.
                  I saw that about the new Poirot. I have mixed feelings as well. I’m guessing it will have to pre-date Curtain. Very curious to see how it turns out.

                  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                    I have been meaning to read The Hiding Place for decades — at least 20 years. It’s one of those books I keep putting off for no good reason. I’m hoping that the audiobook will spur me to finally get to it.

                    The Poirot is apparently set in the 1920s or possibly 30s, so closer to Poirot’s first book than his last. I hope it’s good! (fingers crossed)

                4. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

                  I like the publisher infographic. I think because Penguin and Simon and Shuster kept pretty much the same logos through the years those are the logos I most remember. And I’m like you…a little worried about the new Hercule Poirot, but also some anticipation.

                  I think the Kindle swearing in is kind of strange. The Kindle isn’t the device I would pick–even though I love my Kindle. Great news, Lark, as always!

                5. Alise

                  These are some really great links! I like how varied they are. My favorite mention has got to be the infographic, though. I love stuff like that. I think it’s amazing to see how things change to fit a current trend and such. The Hachette/Amazon thing makes me kind of mad. Great post!