Odds 'n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You've probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- Book Publishers Go Back to Basics: As consumer e-book sales fall, publishers look to find new footing with old ground—and faster pipelines. UPDATE: Well, pfui, there wasn't a paywall on the article when I read it. Basically, publishers are scaling back e-book efforts and putting out more paper editions-- and embracing making them nicer/more attractive/etc. which seems to be helping sales. Thanks to Bookstooge, my unofficial (and very much needed) Saturday Miscellany editor, for catching this.
- Book Blogging: Back to Basics -- Speaking of Back to Basics, this book blogger reminds us all of something many/most of us have felt. I like her approach to getting through it.
- The Best Baby Names from Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature -- I'm not sure this is a great idea. I was somewhere recently where I heard some parents refer to their 10-12 year old daughter by the name of a YA heroine, and couldn't help wondering what the kid will be thinking in her 20s about that choice.
- ...and that's apparently all I saw this week.
- A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen:
- Mysterypod with Reed Farrel Coleman -- Coleman talks to Stephen Usery about his latest Jesse Stone novel, and a little about Gus Murphy, his book with Michael Mann and more.
- This Week's New Releases I'm Excited About and/or You'll Probably See Here Soon:
- A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne -- Hearne trades the Urban in for Epic in this fantasy novel. I started this 2 days ago and am making incredibly slow progress (my fault, not the book's), but it's just gorgeous. I am going to have many, many good things to say about this next week.
- Righteous by Joe Ide -- Isaiah Quintabe is on the hunt for his brother's killer and trying to keep a DJ safe from various criminals.
- How to Think by Alan Jacobs -- building on recent works about the science of thinking, Jacobs focuses o the art of it. I had a little tosay about it.
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and welcome to whatsnonfiction for following the blog this week.