Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunday Scoop - 4/6/2014

Photo Credit: "Bookish Afternoons" by Inessa Emilia

Welcome to the Sunday Scoop. This is a compilation of scoops from this week and the previous one, so it will be one beast of a Sunday Scoop.

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  • Huffpost's weekly list of Top Ten Best Selling Ebooks -- Week of March 29. The mainstream publishers HarperCollins and Penguin Books compete over top spots, and I also see an Amazon-self-published book on spot #10 - go Hidden by Catherine McKenzie! With continued popularity generated by the movie, the Divergent series by Veronica Roth are still holding strong.
  • From Variety: J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Will Be Trilogy. Reports from autumn 2013 started buzzing about the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's short book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Now we find out that Warner Bros. is planning to expand the film adaptation into three movies. The book seems to be out of print and is only being sold by third-party merchants.
  • 77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True. I was stupefied by the fact that hippo milk is pink, but another one that made me feel delightfully small in this world was #17: "The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries." My husband thought this fact was terrifying, but I'll save the terror for when the whale-zillas invade our continents.
  • In her San Diego City Beat article "The bastardization of language has me peeved," Aaryn Belfer rains fire on the the cray parade of arbitrary word modifications that have slipped into the everyday language of many peeps but offers no solution aside from "a big giant whatevs." Do words like "totes" and "cray-cray" drive you nuts?
  • In consideration of the Free Flow of Information Act (which would protect journalists from having to reveal the identities of their sources), Senator Feinstein has stated that unpaid bloggers do not count as real journalists. Larry Atkins of HuffPost critiques this stance in Federal Media Shield Law Should Extend to Unpaid Bloggers and Citizen Journalists, bringing up the growing phenomena of citizen journalism. 
  • Anyone who has studied Latin American literature knows how of the tremendous role that Gabriel Garcia Marquez has played in the world. His works have become so entrenched in popularity and the Latin American literature scene that I was stunned to find out that he is still alive, but sick: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez hospitalized. As Maria Puente of USA Today states, "It's impossible to overstate García Márquez's literary stature in the 20th century, especially in the Spanish-speaking world. For Latin America, he is their Mark Twain, their Charles Dickens, outselling everything published in Spanish except the Bible." 

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