News & Notes – 9/13/14

September 13, 2014 Uncategorized 7

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:

    Book & Movie Announcements:

    Awesome lists: 

    Just for fun:  

    • How long does it take to read a classic or popular book? Personal Creations has an infographic which answers that question based on word count and average reading speed. The books range from Antigone (under an hour) to the entire Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (98.5 hours.)  The graphic is too big to include here, but it’s worth looking at!

    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.

    7 Responses to “News & Notes – 9/13/14”

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        Glad you enjoyed the post, Peggy! My daughter uses Scrivener and swears by it. She tells a funny story about her Alpha writers workshop. Scott Westerfeld was lecturing, and he put up a screenshot. Someone said, “Scrivener!” and about half the class asked, “Scrivener???” To which the other half said, in tones of great satisfaction, “Scrivener!” Long story short, the lecture took a side trip into the benefits of Scrivener, and by the end of the 10-day workshop, almost all the students had bought it!

    1. Katherine P

      Great News and Notes as always! You find the most interesting articles. I”m definitely curious about Nook’s decline and that college students don’t use tablets as much. Now that I think about it I can believe it as I know my teenagers aren’t particularly interested in tablets. I’ll have to check out the rereading your childhood favorites as well.

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        Thanks, Katherine! Yes, I have to say, things don’t look good for B&N, especially on the Nook side. And I can see college students not using tablets much – most of them need more functionality and a better keyboard than tablets provide, and with college costs what they are, not many can afford a laptop, a tablet, and a phone. Of the three, the tablet is the least critical for a student.

    2. Rita_h

      Great post, always informative! I was interested in the Karin Slaughter tax woes story, the NY TImes revamping their lists, and rereading children’s books at our age. We have an old Nook and it just didn’t hold up well so we have switched over to Amazon books because we are happy with our paperwhite and kindle fires. I’m so glad that younger people are reading at least as much or more than older folks– that’s great to hear!

    3. Bea

      YAY, more Dr. Seuss stories! I do love your news roundup, it’s always so interesting and there are usually articles I missed. Now I’m off to check out some of them.