Remember a few months ago when I’d do a link post with things I’d saved into my Delicious account, and it was awesome? Well, the thing I used to automatically do that broke when I updated Firefox, and I never got around to a) find something else that’d work and b) replicating the effort myself. But now I think I want to (option b, that is), and I hope this first effort isn’t too bad. It’s basically just what I’ve been saving into Delicious, but without tags and fancy colors.
So! I present to you, my lovelies, Awesome Post Full of Links #1: August 28-September 5! (Pretend I’ve made a nifty graphic.) It’s kind of long, so I’ve stuck it under a jump (this doesn’t affect anyone who’s reading this in a feedreader).
Books in General
- Book Banning Is Every American’s Problem – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“Unless our eyes are failing us, only five states have managed to get through the last two-and-a-half years without a single case of a challenged book being reported to the American Library Association: South Dakota, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Mexico, and Delaware. (That doesn’t mean there weren’t any such incidents, though; the website notes that 70 to 80 percent of the book challenges in America go unreported beyond the immediate community.)”
- Books Selling Books: Today’s Bestsellers Hawk Yesterday’s Classics – Jezebel
“Apparently undeterred by the creepiness and tragedy of Emily Brontë’s love story between Catherine Earnshaw and the foundling Heathcliff (who at one point hangs another girl’s dog), Twilight author Stephenie Meyer even has Bella quote Brontë at one point to describe her feelings for Edward. Taking Wuthering Heights as a model for your love is a little like walking down the aisle, to, say, “Heart-Shaped Box,” but that doesn’t seem to bother Twihards. They’re gobbling up a new edition of the book, complete with a very Twilighty cover and the tagline “love never dies.” However, some readers are annoyed with the content.”
- The Lost Art of Publication (or why ebooks haven’t degraded print at all) | Dear Author
“If the goal of a book is to be read, the form of delivery of the content from publisher to the consumer is not impeded if the shift is from primarily print to primarily digital. If the goal of a book is to be a shelf worthy item, something to be displayed and desired for its form itself, then publishers need to do a better job in creating a quality item. It isn’t digital books or even the rise of digital books that have decreased the shelf quality of print books. It is the business decisions made by publishers.”
- YALSA » But Can I Catalog It?
“When I hear about libraries adding ARCs to their collections (or seriously raising that question) I wonder what they think an ARC is and what this language means?” ARCs and why libraries shouldn’t have them in their collection.
- The Year’s Most Pirated Digital Books – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
“The top four books are an eclectic mix, to say the least. First is “Kamasutra,” then “Adobe Photoshop Secrets,” “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex,” and “The Lost Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.” According to the article, all the titles on the list were downloaded between 100,000 and 250,000 times–numbers large enough to worry publishers.”
- Guest Op: The Case for Steampunk Romance | Dear Author
“In fact, the concept of inventions that debut far ahead of schedule represents one of the most fascinating aspects of the genre. Yet steampunk science is far from cold, modern, and sterile. It’s warm, flashy, and larger than life. New collides with old to the point that the inventions are characters in and of themselves.”
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books | How to foster a love of reading and literary analysis
“I’m going to take the snob side for a moment, and say this: just about all the books on the mandatory reading lists have something enduring and important to say about us: about us as individuals, about us as culture, and about us as civilizations. They’ve stuck around so long because they represent fascinating and enduring looks into what people used to value and what people continue to value, and are capable of resonating with us centuries—sometimes millennia—after they were written. And most kids aren’t going to pick these books up on their own, because they’ve been represented as Hard, and Boring, and Unsexy. And, failing a culture that makes reading complex, dense books as exciting as leveling up in a video game, it falls on teachers and parents to show kids that these books are sexy and exciting, and if they’re hard, well, they’re well worth the work.”
- How to Get Into Book Reviewing as a Blogger | Dear Author
“I realized then that I have never really done a post about blogging and book reviewing and at the risk of sounding like a pretentious twat, it is something that I have knowledge of. Here are my tips about getting into the book reviewing circuit as a blogger.”
- Beth Fish Reads: Blogroll: Use It or Lose It?
“Help! Tell me what you think about blogrolls. Would it be horrible if I simply removed them on December 31? Or is the mutual exchange of links too important? Do you actually maintain your blogroll, adding new blogs and deleting old ones? If you notice your blog in someone’s blogroll, do you automatically reciprocate?”
- Dead Media Beat: when blogging becomes meaningless
“Right now, blogging exists for two reasons: there’s a cluster of people in a visibly dwindling social group called a “blogosphere,” who self-identify as bloggers, and there are “weblog platforms” that are specifically created for “weblogging” activities. If those two things — the group and the platforms — transmute themselves into other groups, other platforms — (let’s say, “social media,” on streaming, clouding, social sites, whatever) — then, yes, blogging is doomed, it’s over, in the same sense that Bulletin Board Systems are over.” (via WarrenEllis.com)
- Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard » Time to retire the term “blogger”?
“Today professional journalism has embraced the blog form, since it is a versatile and effective Web-native format for posting news. But once you have dozens of bloggers at the New York Times, or entire media companies built around blogs, the ideological trappings of blogging are only going to cause confusion.”
Free Books & Giveaways
- Read the first book of the Vampire Diaries online for free until…some time in the future. (Anyone know an end date?)
- Japanese Literature giveaway at In Spring It Is the Dawn
Win one Japanese literature book of your choice! “To enter, simply leave a comment below with the title and author of the book you’d like to read, and please include your email address if it’s not easily visible on your blog.” Open worldwide, ends September 12th.