News & Notes – 4/12/14

April 12, 2014 Uncategorized 4

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: 

    For Writers & Bloggers:

    • World Book Night announced an essay contest. This year’s volunteer givers can submit an essay about their WBN experience. The top 10 essays will be included in a WBN ebook next year, and the grand prize winner wins 2 round-trip airline tickets.

    Literary Losses:

    • Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole books, died Thursday at her home in Great Britain. She was 68. (obituary,

    Book & Movie Announcements:

    • Paddington Bear is coming back! Michael Bond revives the popular children’s book character with a collection of letters from Paddington to his Aunt Lucy. (GalleyCat) Everyone’s other favorite bear will also star in a film to release next December, along with Harry Potter stars Julie Walter and Jim Broadbent; Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist, and possibly Peter Capaldi, (the new Dr Who. Strangely, he’s on the teaser trailer credits, but not the IMDB or movie website cast list). Colin Firth will voice Paddington.
    • Simon & Schuster will publish 12 TED books (Publishers Weekly)

    Awesome lists: 

      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.

      4 Responses to “News & Notes – 4/12/14”

      1. Bea

        “Nook vs. Amazon: Who knew Nook pricing was so much higher?” I did; B&N has been more expensive for years. That and their hideous customer service are why I switched to Amazon.

        Love that quote at the end, so true! 😀

        • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

          I knew, too, because I’ve been cross-checking prices for years. (I used to write sometimes about ebook pricing, particularly before the major publishers settled the big class-action agency pricing lawsuit.) But I think a lot of people who only buy from one outlet don’t know how much prices can vary. The pricing is one reason I switched to Kindle when my Sony Reader started to die; the other is that there are a lot more books available on Kindle.