Mailbox Monday: November 5

There are no words to describe this past week, and the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. We’re counting our lucky stars that none of us here at Media Connect experienced any severe destruction or loss — and our hearts go out to all of those who were less fortunate.
 
After going a bit stir crazy in our powerless homes, we’ve never been more relieved to be back at work this week! We’ve come across several new stories that helped distract us over the past several, chaotic days.
 
– If you’re finding it difficult to get back to business after Miss Sandy, take a look at Mediabistro’s tips to help you move on after a natural disaster.
 
– To say that it’s been a busy fall for Random House is an understatement. The internet was abuzz after the announcement of their merger with Penguin to create a global giant Penguin Random House (which team were you on: Penguin House or Random Penguin?). Now, recent news reports that Bertelsmann will take full ownership  of the spanish-language publisher Random House Mondadori. Read more: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/industry-deals/article/54602-bertelsmann-takes-full-ownership-of-random-house-mondadori.html
 
– We can’t believe Election Day is tomorrow! NPR Books put together an insightful list of “6 Book Stories That’ll Cast the Election in New Light.” Be sure to check it out: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/03/164041070/6-book-stories-thatll-cast-the-election-in-new-light
 
– Nicholas Sparks has fans crying for a different reason — and this time it’s of happiness. The bestselling author is steering his next career move into television. Sparks has put shows into development at three cable networks through Nicholas Sparks Productions; TNT’s “Bend In The Road,” ABC Family’s “The Falls” and Lifetime’s “Deliverance Creek.” Get the tissues ready! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/nicholas-sparks-tnt-cable-dramas_n_2050122.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books
 
– When a book turns into a movie, there’s always rabid debates over which one is better, so it was interesting to come across a NYMag article that brings together Movie critic David Edelstein and book critic Kathryn Schulz to discuss the new film Cloud Atlas, based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell. There exchange is quite interesting, and worth reading, whether you’re a fan or the book/movie or not. http://www.vulture.com/2012/10/cloud-atlas-rumble-movie-critic-vs-book-critic.html
 
– Last but not least, thank you Mashable for sharing a budget-friendly article for us e-readers: 13 Popular E-Books That Cost Under $3. Not too shabby! http://mashable.com/2012/11/04/bargain-e-books/
 
Have an opinion? Or just want to share other exciting news? Make it heard and drop us a comment or message! We’d love to hear from you.
 
Until next time..
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