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.
I’m covering two weeks of News & Notes this week, since I missed last week. I’ll try not to make it too long!
Books & Ebooks in the News:
- 900 authors took out a full-page New York Times ad against Amazon. The ad asks readers to pressure the online retailer to settle its dispute with Hachette. (GalleyCat)
- Copyright Changes Hit Canada Hard, particularly the education exemption. (Publishers Weekly)
- Hachette calls off Perseus acquisition (GalleyCat)
- Indie bookstore sales fell 7.9% in the first half of 2014 (Publishers Weekly)
- B&N and Google team up to offer same-day delivery in select markets. The move is clearly in response to Amazon’s similar service. (New York Times)
- Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alverez were awarded the National Medal of Arts on July 28. The two writers were among a number of artists to receive this years’ medals. (Press release)
Worth Reading/Listening to:
- Ursula K. LeGuin talks to Michael Cunningham about genre, gender, and broadening fiction. (Electric Lit) (and there’s a link to buy an ebook of The Lathe of Heaven for only $3.99, if you’re interested!)
- Reading comprehension is better in print than digital, according to a Norwegian study of 10th graders reported in ScienceNordic. (Arnfinn Christensen)
- L. A. Meyer, author of the “Bloody Jack” YA series featuring Jacky Faber, died July 29, 2014, at the age of 71. The 12th (and final) Bloody Jack story will be published next month. (Obituary: Publishers Weekly)
Bookish and Movie Announcements:
- Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee to adapt A Wrinkle in Time for Disney. Here’s hoping she does a better job than the last adaptation.
- George R. R. Martin’s children’s story, The Ice Dragon, is being republished with pictures by fantasy artist Luis Royo. (The Telegraph)
- David Suchet says goodbye after 25 years as Poirot (USA Today)
- Marissa Meyer posted Lunar Chronicles character stats on her blog for use by fanartists (and, I suppose, fanfic authors, though she doesn’t mention it.)
- Christopher Walken will play King Louie in Disney’s live-action Jungle Book. And Bill Murray will voice Baloo the bear. (GalleyCat)
- Penguin’s controversial new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover is stirring up all kinds of reactions, from praise to hatred. (Personally, I think it’s bizarrely unrelated to the book. Yes, Dahl is dark. But the sexualized doll/child on the cover? Just plain weird.)
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.