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Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
April 1, 2015 | 2:10 pm

So You've Been Publicly ShamedI have just read a fantastic book that I think should be required reading in all journalism---indeed, in all high school media---courses. I devoured [easyazon-link asin="1594487138" locale="us"]So You've Been Publicly Shamed[/easyazon-link] by Jon Ronson in about two days, and have so many thoughts swirling in my head that I think I'll need at least another week or two to process it. The book came my way at an opportune time---following Monica Lewinsky's surprisingly sympathetic Vanity Fair piece awhile back. She got herself a TED talk which has been making the rounds on the blogosphere this week. It seems she is reinventing herself...

Morning Links: What’s the matter with eBooks? Makings of an unprofessional editor
April 1, 2015 | 8:00 am

ebooksFlickr Now Officially Supports Public Domain Dedications (Techdirt) Thankfully, the Yahoo folks who are currently running Flickr realized that this was an opportunity -- and have now announced that it has added both "public domain" listings and a CC0 dedication as options when uploading images. *** The Makings of an Unprofessional Editor (An American Editor) I make hundreds of editorial decisions in every project and I am prepared to defend my decisions. I let guides guide me, acting as advisors to inform my decision-making process. I do not let guides be the decision maker; that is what I am being paid to do —...

Do You Know How to Pirate?
March 31, 2015 | 2:25 pm

pirateTechdirt's latest on the whole cord-cutting thing was a good one. They make an interesting point, which is this: piracy exists. That might not seem like such a revolutionary statement---surely we all know that?---but their point is is: One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing -- they'll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. It's as if piracy is some kind of angry and strange Lovecraftian god, and even mentioning its name will invite unspeakable terror upon the local village. Hear, hear. I have a question for...

The Great Canadian Amazon.ca Upgrade
March 31, 2015 | 10:25 am

amazon.caI did something a little momentous today---I finally caved to Amazon's repeated suggestions that I move my account over to Amazon.ca. I did it in part because the Canadian dollar isn't so strong right now and I didn't want to get dinged on the exchange rate, and in part because I want to sell on the Kindle store and figured that a .ca account may simplify that process for me. But mostly, I did it because I wanted to try out Kindle Unlimited. There is a 30-day free trial option, and I wanted to look. And...how did it go? Smooth, very smooth....

Morning Links: Pretending piracy doesn’t exist. Changing roles of bookstores and libraries
March 31, 2015 | 9:00 am

piracyWhen Analyzing Cord Cutting Options, Most TV Analysts Continue To Pretend Piracy Simply Doesn't Exist (Techdirt) One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing -- they'll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. It's as if piracy is some kind of angry and strange Lovecraftian god, and even mentioning its name will invite unspeakable terror upon the local village. *** On the Changing Roles of U.S. Bookstores and Libraries (Dear Author) When I first started this series on how people read and buy books, I was surprised by how many...

Toronto Star Paywall Coming Down April 1
March 30, 2015 | 2:25 pm

toronto starAnd another one bites the dust! The countdown is on for one of Canada's major dailies to take their paywall down. On April 1, the Toronto Star website will once again be free. I am not at all surprised by this. I used to visit the Star's website regularly, but as soon as I heard about the paywall, I changed my morning news bookmark to the free (and owned by the same parent company) Metro News and never looked back. This, I think, is the fatal flaw of the paywall model---they never factored in that even if the content really was...

Do You Study, or Do You Read?
March 30, 2015 | 12:25 pm

readAn essay at Book Riot hit my RSS feed today on an always-controversial subject: how to read. I say it's controversial because every time an essay like this comes up, two things happen: the academics comment and say 'hear, hear' and the regular people comment and say 'OMG, lighten up and just read the books if you want to!' I see both sides of this one. But I think that for me, what it comes down to is, as it always seems to be with me, this feeling that it isn't really fair to lump everything together. I remember being a...

Morning Links: Perception in the business of editing. What happens to donated library books?
March 30, 2015 | 9:00 am

business of editingBusiness of Editing: Does Perception Matter? (An American Editor) We need to begin at the very beginning: How does a freelancer know what is too low a price to charge? *** What Happens to a Book After You Donate it to the Library? (Book Riot) There’s no better home for your gently loved books than your public library. But where do your books go after you donate them? *** Clean Reader Controversy: Censorship, or Right to Read? (GoodeReader) One of the recent controversies in publishing involves the creation of an app called Clean Reader that has authors of every level crying censorship. Built by two parents...

Weekend Links: Buying eReaders in Canada just got harder. Why YA novels make box office hits
March 29, 2015 | 10:04 am

ereaderBuying an eReader in Canada Just Got Harder (GoodeReader) 20% of all Canadians live in rural areas without a major bookstore and an electronics shop. Chapters/Indigo have been closing down locations and with Future Shop axing 65 locations, it will be difficult for Canadians to buy an e-reader on a retail level. *** 'Insurgent' And Why Young Adult Novels Make Box Office Hits (Forbes) The second installment of Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, grabbed $52.3 million in its opening weekend at the U.S. box office, just shy of Divergent’s $54.6 million debut last year. *** Amazon is Testing Bulk eBook Bundles in Japan...

Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian
March 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

teacher-librarianIt's budget time here, and every municipality in my area is trying to balance the books. One of the more controversial cost-cutting tactics to come to light this week is the Toronto Catholic school board's decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in ALL of its elementary schools. As the Toronto Star write-up explains, teacher-librarians play a significant role in early literacy because, unlike the lesser-paid library technicians, they are both trained librarians and also certified teachers as well. Part of the problem is that teacher-librarians are allocated in the province's funding on a per-child basis, not a per-school basis. The provincial funding formula accounts...

Morning Links: eBooks for libraries. Is Internet Addiction a real thing?
March 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooks for librariesHow to Reach Millennial Readers (Digital Book World) For book publishers, millennials can be a tricky bunch. *** Why We Need Inclusive Lit, Not Just Diverse Lit (Book Riot) A few weeks ago, I attended a small but well-attended author panel featuring Jenny Han, Isabel Quintero, and Jason Reynolds at the Tucson Festival of Books. *** eBooks for Libraries (Joe Konrath) I want to help authors get their ebooks into libraries. *** Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing? (Lifehacker) Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? *** Kindle Daily Deal: 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift (and others)...

Toronto Public Library Scraps Used Book Buying Program
March 26, 2015 | 10:25 am

toronto public libraryI reported in January about a Toronto Public Library program which was attracting some controversy---they were trying to buy used best-seller books off of patrons in an effort to affordably meet the demand for these popular titles. The Toronto Star is among several media outlets reporting that this program is now being scrapped---but not from the controversy alone, apparently. Rather, it is in part because patrons did not have enough books to sell them. From the article: Bowles said the program’s inefficiency, and not the ire of writers, was the deciding factor in shuttering the pilot project. Members of the public sold...