The Book Scoop: Hugo Awards and Crowdsourcing New Releases


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.

Hugo Award Winners Announced for 2014
The annual awards for science fiction, the prestigious Hugo Awards, have announced their winners for this year. With fifteen categories spanning both the written word and dramatic presentations (movies, television shows) the awards celebrate science fiction and its different forms. This year’s big winner for Best Novel goes to Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I’ve heard so much buzz about Ancillary Justice this year that I’m not very surprised it won! And for those Game of Thrones fans out there amongst us, the ‘Red Wedding’ episode of the television series (actually called “The Rains of Castamere”), won for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Congratulations to all those who took the prize and had the honor of being nominated!

BBC’s The 10 Best New Books to Read
It seems that there are a few new lists being released by news outlets on which books to read. I think it’s that time in the book season. I’m not complaining though—I love these lists! It’s made me aware of quite a few books I might have missed otherwise. I have actually not heard of any of the books on BBC’s list of the Ten Best New Books to Read, but Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford caught my attention along with The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith.

Favorite Required Reading Picks
In the second top ten list of the week, Huffington Post gathered the staff to discuss what their favorite summer required books from school were. It’s nice that not all required reading books are disliked, that their merits are appreciated by their students. I’ve read a few from this list and remember them somewhat fondly (if I remember them at all! Damn bad book memory!). There are a few that I have actually never heard of and I look forward to checking them out!

Publishing Imprint Takes Readers’ Votes on Next Book
Have you heard of Swoon, a young adult imprint of Macmillan Publishing? They have a pretty cool way of selecting which books to publish—they ask you. Taking the lead from more and more services that use crowdsourcing, Swoon allows readers to vote on which books should get published as well as which narrator should record the audiobook. How cool, right? According to the New York Times, there is a growing movement towards more input from the crowd in the publishing world. While it results in readers getting more of a say in what they would like to have made available to them, it doesn’t mean that everyone’s books gets published. The article really is an interesting read, and I plan on keeping an eye on this. Trends can become the way through time…

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