News & Notes – 7/19/14

July 19, 2014 SYNC 3

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:

      • Google+ has eased its name restrictions as of this week. If you, like me, were holding off on Google+ because they wouldn’t let you use or include your blog name, it may be easier now. (GoodEReader)

        Literary Losses:

          Novelist Nadine Gordimer died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the age of 90. A Nobel Prize winner, the South African writer revealed the nature and effects of apartheid in her works. (Obituary: The New York Times)

              Contests and giveaways:

              • Ann Aguirre is running an awesome scavenger hunt contest for the release of her new YA series debut, Mortal Danger. This is a contest where the harder you work at, the more chance you have of winning. The grand prize is a trip to meet and hang out with Aguirre at one of her tour locations (or a laptop, if you don’t want to do that.) There are other cool prizes, too.

                Free & Bargain books:


                    Awesome lists: 

                    Book Bench – Samuel Pepys’ Diary. Photo by ElenaxElena, via The Guardian.

                    Just for fun:  

                    • “Weird Al” Yankovic has a new music video out: “Word Crimes”. It’s a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” that emphasizes good grammar, syntax, and spelling (something of a pet peeve for Yankovic.) NPR recently interviewed Yankovic about his music, his life, and his upcoming new album.

                      Bookish Quotes:

                      by Michael Lipsey, aphorist and artist (via his stoicmike Tumblr)

                      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.

                      3 Responses to “News & Notes – 7/19/14”

                      1. Katherine P

                        There’s some great audio books from sync right now! I’ve been wanting to read more Sherlock Holmes and this may be the way to do it. I’m so in love those benches. Probably out of my price range to find something similar for the house though!

                        • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                          SYNC is fantastic. I picked up some good ones last year, that I haven’t even had a chance to listen to yet. The great thing is, there’s no expiration date once you download.

                      2. Bea

                        Lots of book news this week. I’m tempted by the Kindle Unlimited, just as I am by Oyster, but I l already have lots of books that need reading so I’m passing for now. Plus, I want to see how they shake out and let the glitches get worked out.

                        I keep seeing those benches everywhere and I love them. They look great.

                        Great collection of links this week. 🙂