Here’s the weekly round-up of bookish news and articles that I found interesting. And it’s barely more than the first scoop of what’s available out there.
It’s not just awards season for music and movies, it’s also Book Award Season!
On Monday, the American Librarians’ Association (ALA) announced the winners to several very well-known and prestigious awards. Remember reading Newbery Medal books in grade school? Or having the Caldecott Medal books read to you as a kid? This year’s winners and honorees all sound pretty cool, though of course, once again, I haven’t read most of them. However! I was super happy to see that Doll Bones by Holly Black was a Newbery Medal Honor book! I loved that story so much! Now to read all those others books…
Now We Can Actually FEEL All the Feels
Some really smart people at MIT have created a vest that will really recreate the sensory experiences of a character in the reader. It can change your body temperature, create lighting similar to that in the book, and probably even more scary things. Typically, we just immerse ourselves in a story and experience the emotions through our imagination with the help of words alone. Now, it’s becoming a reality to make books more of a virtual reality type of situation. To each their own, I guess.
An Interview with Oyster’s Founder
I haven’t experimented with Oyster yet, but I have seen a few fellow bloggers post about this “Netflix for books”. It seems like an interesting concept and one that I’m surprised has taken this long to create. CNET had a pretty interesting article with an interview with Oyster’s founder about this company. If I was better at being more spontaneous with my reads than I currently am, I think this is would definitely be a service I’d try out.
Amazon’s Taking Over the World: A New Publishing Imprint
I feel like Amazon is always a safe bet to look for book news these days. Last week, it announced the creation of a new Christian imprint. This imprint will be functioning with a few other of Amazons’ acquisitions. While I don’t really read Christian books myself, this is just another step towards Amazons’ ever-expanding presence in the publishing industry.
The Fault in Our Stars Movie Trailer is Released
Another book I haven’t yet read, but a book that has seemingly moved everyone who has read it, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is being made into a movie. Its movie trailer was released yesterday, and had everyone a-buzzing about how it made them cry. It’s definitely worth checking out. I imagine that it will entice even more people to read the book…about that…