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.
This week’s News & Notes is abbreviated, because I’m on vacation.
Books & Ebooks in the News:
- “Washington Post to Be Sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.” You’ve probably already heard about this, since it’s been getting plenty of press. But here’s the WP’s own article on it. And here is an open letter from Bezos to Washington Post staff. (Washington Post) Just to be clear: Amazon isn’t involved in this purchase (for a change); Bezos will own the paper personally. And he’s just buying the paper, its website, and some related local papers, not Slate.
- “Is Harry Potter a Feminist Text?” (an essay by hpboy13 on Mugglenet.com). I don’t agree with the author on every point, but overall, s/he makes some good points.
- “How reading habits shape the publishing landscape and what authors and publishers can do to change it“. Jane Litte of Dear Author looks at how and why readers gravitate toward the familiar, which leads authors and publishers to produce more of the same: similar covers, similar tropes (cough, the nearly-obligatory YA love triangle, cough, cough), and similar themes (bad boys and innocent young things; paranormal romance.)
Barbara Mertz (a.k.a. Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters), an Egyptologist who delighted fans with a number of popular mystery and romantic suspense/thriller series, died Thursday, Aug. 8, at the age of 85. The mystery community is the poorer for her loss. (The Washington Post; photo courtesy of Dr. Mertz’s website.)
Free & Bargain books:
- Don’t forget the free audiobook downloads from SYNC! You will need to download the Overdrive Media Console to be able to download the audiobooks. Here are this week’s and next week’s titles:
- Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (read by Katherine Kellgren; Brilliance Audio) and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (read by Miriam Margolyes; Bolinda Audio)
- Sold by Patricia McCormick (read by Justine Eyre; Tantor Audio) and Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie (read by Tavia Gilbert; Blackstone Audio)
- The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf — 100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14 (NPR Books)
- The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers (Flavorwire). Thanks to Jennifer Harling at The Relentless Reader for pointing me to this one!
- 95 Young Adult Novels to Read This Summer Instead of Reading ‘Harry Potter’ AGAIN! (Rebecca Eisenberg, Upworthy)
Just for fun:
|Source: Mary GrandPré / Parker Jordan Fine Art / via: parkerjordanfineart.com|
That’s it for this week! When you read this, I’ll be somewhere between Oklahoma and New Mexico. I’m on vacation for the next four weekends, so News & Notes posts will be a bit haphazard until September.
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.