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GamerGate Zoe Quinn rape story self-published, pulled from Amazon
December 19, 2014 | 11:46 pm

ethicsgameI can’t say I ever expected to have an excuse to write about GamerGate here on TeleRead. The movement generally hasn’t had anything to do directly with e-books. Until now. TechCrunch carries the story of a 3,000 word e-book posted for sale on Amazon, in which five men rape a “controversial video game designer” named “Zada Quinby”—a very thinly-veiled Zoe Quinn, the game developer who has been the focus of many of GamerGate’s attacks. Lest there be any doubt, the book had “#GamerGape” (sic) in its title. The e-book has since been taken down, but the...

Morning Links: Netflix CEO predicts end of broadcast TV. Top YA titles from 2014
December 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

Netflix CEOJournalism and Patronage (The Glog) Journalists are expected to avoid conflicts of interest. As I wrote a month ago, personal ethical standards and disclosure to one's editors are key tenets in avoiding conflicts. *** The Internet of Things: What it is and Why You Should Care (Lifehacker) You've probably started to hear the term "Internet of Things" being thrown around a lot lately. If you're not sure what it means, don't worry, you're not alone. This video can help you understand. *** Netflix CEO Puts an Expiration Date on Traditional Broadcast Television (TechDirt) Netflix's path of disruption has been nothing if not entertaining, whether it's the...

Morning Links: Five small presses killing it. Pelican relaunched with few links to the past
November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

pelican books logoIn Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future (The Digital Reader) But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one small modernization the new Pelican Books bears little resemblance to the old. *** Five Small Presses That Are Absolutely Killing It (Book Riot) Because the scale of production precludes scoring huge names to add to their catalogs, small presses often have the advantage of finding really interesting books by fresh voices that may have gone unnoticed...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Birthday writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut
November 11, 2014 | 3:15 pm

VonnegutCelebrated U.S. science fiction and all-round weird writer Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th, 1922, and to mark the occasion, some sites have been running birthday tributes, including his tips to other writers. For Vonnegut was an articulate and direct advisor to aspirants, in a style almost as straightforward and unadorned as his prose, distilled in his "How to Write With Style," available in full online, and summarized as follows: 1. Find a subject you care about 2. Do not ramble, though 3. Keep it simple 4. Have guts to cut 5. Sound like yourself 6. Say what you mean 7. Pity the readers On top of...

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks
November 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

smartphoneIs Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps Authority Almost Every Time (GigaOM) When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action. *** How did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy #1?...

How big media helped break the Jian Ghomeshi story
November 3, 2014 | 2:26 pm

Jian GhomeshiThe Jian Ghomeshi story continues to be big news here in the Great White North. Nine women are now making allegations against the former CBC Radio star, and two of them have given their names. Canada seldom embraces big stories like this, and it's been morbidly fascinating for the former journalism student in me to watch the coverage develop. One of the most interesting angles I have seen on the coverage was this excellent profile in Toronto Life profiling Jesse Brown, the indie journalist who first broke the story. Brown had been trying to get a job as a 'media critic'...

Should Jian Ghomeshi Have been Fired by the CBC?
October 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Jian Ghomeshi A major story trending in Canada right now is the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. Mr. Ghomeshi, probably the second-most popular on-camera personality in their stable (after Peter Mansbridge, who recently drew kudos for his Ottawa coverage) has just been fired by the CBC following a string of allegations of sexual assault by multiple women. The allegations come from at least eight women, at least one of whom has spoken on the record, and the article I have linked to has extensive, and disturbing details. The Beloved, as he is wont to do, took the devil's advocate side in discussing this with me,...

Morning Links: Want to assemble your own smartphone? The Percy Jackson problem
October 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

percy jacksonWant to Assemble Your Own Reading Device? Google Shows Off Project Ara Modular Phone Prototype (The Digital Reader) The idea of assembling a DIY mobile device has long since fallen out of the mainstream, but if Project Ara is successful then that could change. *** Journalists Need a Point of View if They Want to Stay Relevant (Techdirt) But when gridlock becomes the norm the conflicts are endless, infinite, predictable and just plain dull: in a way, the opposite of news. *** Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kindle Voyage (GoodeReader) The Kindle Voyage builds upon the software and design principles of the Paperwhite line of e-readers. Today,...

Updates from Ottawa!
October 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

canada.jpegI'm sure everyone has heard the news by now about yesterday's events in my nation's capital. We have a young relative in Ottawa who we visit there several times a year, and we have been to all those places; we were relieved to speak to him last night to find everything going well. The teachers were in 'safe' mode but not actual lockdown, so although the school doors were locked and the windows closed and curtained, they were able to run a regular school day and he had no clue anything was going on. We of course had been following the...

Is online privacy an unreasonable expectation?
October 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

online privacyJanet at Dear Author has a well-argued opinion piece up today on the whole Kathleen Hale story---I'd actually been reading up about it before Paul covered it yesterday but I still had not formulated my response to it and was content to let another Teleread contributor beat me to the punch. Janet makes some good points that I think bear highlighting, and that sum up a lot of what my own musings were on this story. Firstly, this: "That, for example, The Guardian saw fit to publish the Hale piece, despite all of its obvious problems, is not merely baffling to me,...

Morning Links: Roundup of Kindle Voyage reviews. Amazon will slash royalties! Really?
October 21, 2014 | 9:04 am

kindle voyageRoundup: Kindle Voyage Reviews (The Digital Reader) Amazon’s latest and greatest ereader officially broke embargo today, a day ahead of the official shipdate, and the early reviews have already been posted. *** Simon & Schuster Strikes Amazon Deal Reviving Agency Ebook Pricing (Digital Book World) Simon & Schuster has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Amazon, according to reports today by the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. *** Journalism May be Common Core's New English (Mediashift) On one hand, those CCSS English Language Arts college- and career-readiness standards sounded a lot like what they were doing already. *** Amazon Will Slash Your Royalties! (Joe Konrath) But then isn’t this...