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.
The Nine Standout Books of 2014 According to Goodreads
Goodreads released their list of the nine standout books of 2014 this week. It’s a list based on the numbers: their popularity on people’s want-to-read shelves and their above average ratings. I –believe- that this is the first time Goodreads’ has offered us this mid-year review. So for fiction, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Martian by Andy Weir. Of those, I’ve heard some great things about The Martian, am aware of All the Light We Cannot See, and haven’t heard of The Invention of Wings. They also offered up books in the nonfiction and young adult categories, of which I actually read one: The One by Kiera Cass. Go me! Check out the list—it’s nice to know what is popular before the year is out.
The New York Times Evaluates Book Subscription Services
With the news breaking of Amazon’s latest service to provide books for a subscription fee, in a model similar to Netflix with movies and television shows, The New York Times has offered some pretty interesting notes on similar services. Looking at not just the Kindle Unlimited service, but also Oyster and Scribd, they note the pros and cons to each. Personally, I think I’ll stick to the public library.
Outlander is Amazing
Well, clearly. But the popular book by Diana Gabaldon has been making buzz with its television show adaptation on Starz. The first episode is available for anyone to view online for a limited time and the consensus I’m seeing is that people are really pleased. And I received an email from my cable provider that they would be opening up Starz and Encore to be viewed by those without the subscription for this weekend, likely to allow for more subscriptions as people demand to watch Outlander.
Simon & Schuster Explain What Publishers Do
It’s not new news that publishers are working in a different environment than years before. Self-publishing has taken off, leaving some to wonder what the purpose behind the publishing houses are. Several of the other publishing houses have offered videos or documents explaining the processes behind the scenes at the publishers that add value to an author’s work. Simon & Schuster is the latest to do so, releasing a series of videos with their editors giving details, called “Behind the Book.” While it may or may not make a difference, it is certainly very interesting!
Hachette Not the Only Publisher to Argue with Amazon
Or would it be better to say that Amazon is the one arguing? Hachette and Amazon have been arguing over their e-book contract for four months now. But Kensington Publishing Corp, a small New York publisher, has announced that they have reached a new deal with Amazon. This new deal ends next July. The kicker? This deal took 18 months! While it’s probably safe to say that both sides could have been at fault, it’s good for us consumers to know that Amazon is using the same business practices on all publishers.