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Quote of the day: “What happens when The Guardian lets an author gloat about stalking a blogger”
October 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

Plagiarism or not, second-hand reporting or not, I can't do better than to simply repeat and link to the above headline. Here's The Guardian, defender of free speech and woolly thinking, running in full the ruminations of author Kathleen Hale on how she tracked down the perpetrator of a one-star review of her book - to her real-world address, in person, face to face. Admittedly, The Guardian doesn't take sides, simply giving the author's account, without implied endorsement even in the subtitle. But commentators on the story soon did, both for and against. A good many who weighed in on Kathleen Hale's side...

Amazon sez: All your reading habits are belong to us
July 11, 2014 | 4:28 pm

all_your_base_by_ultimathegod-d30fu0fThe recent Wall Street Journal article on "The Summer's Most Unread Books" attracted a little comment in passing on how easy it is for Amazon to probe deep into people's personal reading habits. Courtesy of the Kindle "Popular Highlights" feature, WSJ's Jordan Ellenberg could parse the preferences and persistence of the readers of some of this summer's most popular titles, right there in public view. Leaving aside the value of this technique as an index of intellectual posturing, this is a good reminder of just how much of your information, as well as your ownership rights, you're giving away through the...

Reader Privacy Under Threat in the Digital Age
September 2, 2012 | 1:09 pm

There was an interesting overview of reader privacy issues in this week's Guardian. I wonder if most e-book readers have given any thought to the issue. I bet it hasn't even crossed their minds that the customer profile Amazon or Kobo or Sony might have on them—detailing what they've purchased, and when—would be valuable to someone. And if they did see the value (I myself find Amazon's recommendations engine both useful and surprisingly accurate), I wonder if it's crossed their minds that this information could potentially be shared once Amazon has it. As the article points out: "Retailers and search engines, most notably Amazon...

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