Dog-Eared and Dispatched: August 24, 2014
As the publishing world gears up for the fall season, things are quiet on the literary front. Your humble correspondent would, indeed, rather be on the Oregon coast reading book after book from the local bookstores (if you’re passing through Newport, OR, have a gander at Nye Beach Book House and Fireside Books) instead of trying (hopelessly) to form a coherent thought. Here, then, are a few light news items to keep you busy on a Sunday morning.
- The 2014 Hugo Award Winners were announced in London this past week, among the winners was Sofia Samatar, who won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
- Jim Crace has won the 2014 James Tait Black Fiction Prize for Harvest.
- Although the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction won’t be announced until the award ceremony on September 29, some of the other 2014 PEN prize winners have been announced, including Ron Childress for And West is West, James Wolcott for Critical Mass, and poet Frank Bidart.
- Louise Erdrich has been awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize‘s Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.
- If you’ve fallen behind on your Amazon-Hachette news, Electric Literature has a reading list to catch you up.
- German authors also disapprove of Amazon and would like the company to “stop using books and authors as hostages and instead ensure a lively and honest book culture” (NY Times). The German Culture Minister agrees: “literature, books, publishing houses […] are a foundation of our cultural life […] They must not be subject purely to market principles. Dealing appropriately with these values also has an ethical dimension. This applies to all players – including Amazon” (ABC).
- Laura Miller tries to understand Amazon’s misguided tactics (Salon).
- New ebooks are added to Amazon at the rate of one every five minutes (Galleycat).
- It has been said that only writers and readers are important [sic].
- Barnes & Noble has teamed up with Samsung on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which looks like it might actually compete with the Kindle Fire. Maybe. Right?
- It’s possible that readers absorb less when reading on a Kindle. It’s also possible that studies are poorly designed (The Guardian). (For comparison.)
- Editing: with pins! (Open Culture)
- Why we need independent bookstores more than ever: “Individual book stores and booksellers are the most valuable participants in the crucial search for word-of-mouth buzz, championing our titles on the frontline of literary engagement. […] The point is, bookstores matter. To see them slowly and steadily shutter their doors because they couldn’t slash prices enough would be heartbreaking, of course, but it would also be bad for the publishing business as a whole” (Publishing Perspectives).