Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Eclectic Lover Posted on June 18, 2010 @ 10:00 am 3 comments

Welcome to another week of bookish news!  

There were a couple of interesting new bookish hashtags on Twitter this week.  If you missed them before you can click on the hashtags here to go to the searches for #booksthatchangedmyworld  and #badnamesforbookimprints.

The Internet Archive, a repository of public domain eBooks, has added a “Send to Kindle” link.  They have lots of great free eBooks over there.  I download books from there onto my Sony Reader every week.

eBookNewser had an interesting article about Austria’s national library cutting a deal with Google to digitize 400,000 of their books.  Scanning is set to start next year.

Borderzine has a piece on teen authors self-publishing their books.  It was an interesting read.  I’ve read about authors self-publishing their books, but I hadn’t thought about teenagers doing that.

The New York Times reports that writer Jose Saramago has died at the age of 87.    The Quirky Lover reviewed his book, Death With Interruptions, in April.

One of my favorite news items this week was an article at USA Today announcing that Janet Evanovich is going to be writing a couple of graphic novels featuring her Alex Barnaby character from Metro Girl and Motor Mouth.  I loved these books.  They were so funny they had me laughing out loud.  I’m going to reread them again before the graphic novels come out.

Little, Brown and Company announced their new suspense imprint, Mulholland Books.  I love reading suspense books and I wish them all the best in their new endeavor.

We currently have five giveaways going on here at BLI, but just in case that’s not enough check out this special giveaway at The Geeky Lover’s personal blog.

As promised Susi, The Geeky Lover, has a surprise from her Lara Adrian Meet & Greet up at her blog. You get a chance to win a signed copy of “Gezeichnete des Schicksals” or if you don’t understand German you can win a bunch of swag she brought home from the event. You can find the post here.

I enjoyed everyone’s comments last week even though I didn’t hear from anyone else that loves book lists like I do.  This week since my favorite news item involved graphic novels, I thought I’d ask for opinions on them.  There seem to be more and more authors adding graphic novels to their repertoires.  Have you ever read a graphic novel?  Do you like them?  If you want to give me a recommendation that’s fine, too.  Remember that commenting on our non-giveaway posts (like this one!) enters you in our We Love Your Comments giveaway.  See the full rules here.

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  • Sullivan McPig June 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I love graphic novels! I've got tons of them.
    I must confess though I'm not so fond of graphic novels made after an already excisting normal novel (Pride and Prejudice and zombies, being an exception) because when I already read the book I have my own image of the characters.

    some graphic novels I can advice:
    – Signal to Noise (Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean)
    – Blacksad (Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido)
    – Blake and Mortimer (Edgar P. Jacobs (not sure if these are translated to English though))

  • Beth June 19, 2010 at 3:46 am

    The only graphic novel I've read so far is Mercy Thompson: Homecoming. It's a prequel to Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. I've heard that she has another one in the works. I'll be getting that one too.
    Graphic novels are not something I seek out, but if one comes along that is part of a series that I already love then I will get it, as long as it is a new story an not just redoing one of the stories already in the series. There was one like that in Christine Feehan's Carpathians. My daughter likes that series too and got the graphic novel. I won't read it because, like movies from books, there is always stuff left out.

  • ColleenFL June 19, 2010 at 5:01 am

    @Sullivan McPig – Thanks for the recommendations! I haven't read any of them before. I'll see if my library has them.

    @Beth – I've read very few graphic novels, but you have named two that I have read. My library bought them so I decided to give them a try. I'll keep an eye out for the next Mercy Thompson graphic novel.

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