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:
- “Authors Guild Appeals Google Ruling” to the Second Circuit Court. (Publishers Weekly)
- “DOJ, States Slam Apple’s Bid for a Stay” of some provisions of the ebook price-fixing ruling. Specifically, Apple is unhappy with the actions of the court’s monitor, Michael Bromwich, while the DOJ and states’ attorneys feel Mr. Bromwich is acting within the limits of his authority. (Publishers Weekly)
- Doctors in Britain prescribing books for depression (The Boston Globe)
- Shia Labeouf faces legal trouble for repeated plagiarism. (Publishers Weekly)
- Overdrive says 6 library systems checked out more than 1 million ebooks in 2013 (GalleyCat)
- “Brain Function Boosted For Days After Reading a Novel” (The Independent)
- “Kate DiCamillo Named Next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature” (Publishers Weekly)
- “Sherlock Holmes Now In the Public Domain” according to a judge’s ruling in the case brought by editor Leslie Klinger against the Conan Doyle estate. Most of the original short stories and novels featuring Holmes were already in public domain in the U.S., but the estate argued that because several stories were still under copyright, the characters of Holmes and Watson could not be used without its permission. (GalleyCat)
- Smashwords CEO Mark Coker posts about 2013 growth and 2014 plans on the Smashwords blog.
- Journalist Ann Morgan read 1 book from every country — and blogged and vlogged about it.
For Writers & Bloggers:
- 5 Ways Writers Can Get the Most Out of Goodreads (Writer’s Digest)
- Best Writing Music of 2013: A Spotify playlist plus several lists of great instrumental music to write to. (Jason Boog, GalleyCat)
- 2013 TED Talks from Writers (GalleyCat)
Book and Movie Announcements:
- First Divergent clip released (see video, above)
- Other upcoming films based on books include Labor Day (Joyce Maynard); The Invisible Woman (Claire Tomalin), about Charles Dickens’ midlife affair with an 18-year-old actress; Winter’s Tale (Mark Helprin); Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (Richelle Meae); and In Secret (Emile Zola). (Publisher’s Weekly)
- Neil Gaiman appeared on the children’s cartoon Arthur, giving advice to a young graphic-novel writer.
- A Harry Potter fan has created a Ministry of Magic website.
Just for fun:
- Neil Gaiman reads from Dickens’ only surviving “prompt script” for A Christmas Carol.
- Ben Stiller reads “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“ (listen free on SoundCloud, or download free from Audible.)
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.