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.
Not much real news this week, but a lot of interesting and thought-provoking opinion pieces!
Books & Ebooks in the News:
- Barnes & Noble and Samsung to release co-branded ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK’ tablets. (GoodEReader; also on The Digital Reader)
- Penguin Random House unveils its new logo (which is sadly boring, IMHO.) The corporation’s press release also discusses its branding strategy. (Press release)
- Open Road buys indie ebook publisher Premier Digital and acquires their 300+ title backlist, including works by Andre Norton and Piers Anthony. (GalleyCat)
- The Reading Rainbow App Kickstarter campaign has topped $3.5 million in just 10 days. That’s more than 3 times the original goal of $1 million. The project, headed by LeVar Burton, has raised its new goal to $5 million, with the goal of reaching more platforms and giving more classrooms free access.
- Barnes & Noble is breaking up with Overdrive, but promises customers it won’t abandon audiobooks. However, customers have only until June 30 until their previously-purchased audiobooks are disabled. (GoodEReader)
Worth Reading/Listening to:
- “Reading Beyond Your Depths” introduced me to a concept I’m still trying to wrap my mind around: that it’s OK to read something you completely don’t get, and not try to figure it out, but just enjoy the experience. (Camila Domonoske, BookRiot)
- “Against YA”. Ruth Graham essentially tells grown-ups to grow up and read adult fiction. (Slate Book Review)
- “Let’s Compile the Anti-anti-YA Reading List” is children’s book writer and Publishers Weekly blogger Elizabeth Bluemle’s response to Graham’s piece, and it’s well worth reading both for its rejection of some of Graham’s assumptions, and for the wealth of realistic literary YA fiction found in both the post and the comments. (Publishers Weekly‘s ShelfTalker)
- “Amazon and Hachette: The dispute in 13 easy steps” (Los Angeles Times). A bit biased against Amazon, perhaps, but a pretty clear explanation of what it’s all about.
- In contrast, author Barry Eisler offers a view of the dispute that leans in Amazon’s direction. (The Guardian‘s Comment is Free section)
- And while we’re on the subject, “Amazon Is Not a Monopoly or a Monopsony”. (Susie Rodarme, BookRiot)
- “The Grown-Ups’ Guide to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green” (Elizabeth Donnelly, Flavorwire)
- “The Teen Whisperer” (a profile of John Green) (Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker)
- “People Who Enjoy Reading Need to Read Slowly” (Emlyn Roberts-Harry, Magnific) Do you agree with him?
- Levar Burton opens up about Reading Rainbow, the Kickstarter, and recent criticism (Jessica Goldstein, ThinkProgress)
Book & Movie Announcements:
- There’s a new trailer for The Giver, which features some B&W scenes.
- Read a free excerpt of J. K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith’s new mystery, The Silkworm, courtesy of the publisher.
- Bill Condon will direct new Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast . (Variety; also Nerdist)
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.