Friday News: Nebula Awards, EU investigates Amazon, YouTube authors, and James McBride on To Kill A Mockingbird
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2015 Nebula Awards last night in Chicago, and of the six awards presented, women won five. Nicole Perlman shared her Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation with James Gunn for writing the screenplay Guardians of the Galaxy, and the uber-talented Alaya Dawn Johnson won twice – for Best Novelette, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy! It’s a proud day for women in sci-fi. –The Mary Sue
“The Commission has concerns that such clauses may make it more difficult for other e-book distributors to compete with Amazon by developing new and innovative products and services,” the release reads. “If confirmed, such behaviour could violate EU antitrust rules that prohibit abuses of a dominant market position and restrictive business practices.”
In a statement, however, Margrethe Vestager, the EU Commissioner in charge of competitive practices, hastened to add that just because the EU has raised concerns doesn’t mean Amazon is necessarily at fault. “Our investigation will show if such concerns are justified,” the statement reads. –Wired
“This Book Loves You” is a collection of aphorisms, bits of wisdom-slash-jokes, paired with photos and other visuals. It’s coming out in October simultaneously in the U.K., Germany, Norway, Sweden and France and, in the U.S., from Razorbill, part of Penguin RandomHouse.
“Razorbill and Penguin US are excited to bring the words of PewDiePie to the American people in book form,” Ben Schrank, president and publisher of Razorbill, said in a statement. “And with more subscribers than Taylor Swift and One Direction combined, Felix is without question one of the most influential stars of this generation.” –Los Angeles Times
Are you planning on reading the new book?
You know, I’m one of those who, I’m just suspicious of the whole thing. I just think it’s a shame, you know? Of course I’ll read it, because it’s Harper Lee, but I think if she wanted people to read it she would have made it known….Listen, what a book does is it allows people to talk to each other about things they could normally not talk about. “To Kill a Mockingbird” does that, and it does it in ways that are just extraordinary. So if this new book allows us to continue the conversation, then it will have done its job. –Wall Street Journal