Bookmarked

Bookmarked

BOOKMARKED is the name of our paper.li journal, but since not everyone is on Twitter and not everyone on Twitter likes paper.li, this is an adhoc round-up on the blog highlighting links and news that might be of interest.

UPDATE: Diesel eBooks closing at the end of the month

I just got an email from Diesel eBooks notifying me that they’re closing at the end of the month. If you have ebooks with them, you need to download your books before April 1. Here’s the official statement on their website.

Book o’clock

Sydneysiders, don’t forget that we’re having a get-together for lovers of books on Tuesday, April 1 at Small Bar in the CBD. The event is free to attend—anyone who loves books is welcome to come along. If most of your reader friends are online, it’s a great way to finally catch up in person! At the event, we’ll have a book smorgasbord set up, and for $15 you can take home as many books as you like, and all proceeds will go to World Vision for the Philippine typhoon appeal. Book donations are also welcome. For more details on the event, click here.

Apple ebook settlement

Twitter is abuzz with readers talking about their refunds as part of the Apple ebook settlement. Gigaom has a summary (via @storyspring) of the likely amounts that readers can expect. The bad news for Australian readers is that the refund only applies to US citizens, according to Jane of Dear Author. The good news is if your account uses a US address, you’ll probably still get the refund, at least from Amazon.

Zombie romance — a primer

Brisbane Zombie Walk 2009
Source: Albert (yinyang) via Flickr

Nyssa Harkness, who occasionally guest blogs for Book Thingo, has written this excellent primer on zombie stories with romantic elements: ‘books that include books from a zombie’s perspective, or has a zombie-human romance’. I’d be interested to know how these books get around the problem of rotting flesh and its unattractive smell.

How to #ReadWomen2014 in genres except romance

The Passionate Reader rightly calls out Bookish (via @_AJCousins) for its glaring omission of romance in this list of ‘How to #ReadWomen2014 in Genre Other Than Literary Fiction’. An update to the article states: ‘To those who commented on our lack of romance writers: The point of this particular article is to highlight women in genres where readers might not know to find them.’ This response fools no one.

Hotly anticipated

Women who write young adult fiction

Book Riot has a wonderful piece on ‘A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction’ by Kelly Jensen, which looks at some of the most challenged books in YA. I particularly love the last part of this:

[Women] are ruling not just series. They’re also ruling in genre fiction.

Genre fiction, which exists on the periphery of “real” fiction.

Which exists outside capital-L-Literature that tells universal, rather than niche, stories.

between shades of gray by ruta sepetysThrough that lens, we know precisely why it is that women and their influence within YA fiction — their building of YA fiction — falls into the margins. We know why it is that men like John Green write Love Stories and women like Sarah Dessen write Romances…It’s not the quality. It’s the way the system is built that makes women the outsiders in the category of fiction they made.

Apple’s ebook market share

Digital Book World has an interesting analysis of Apple’s market share for ebooks (via @thDigitalReader). In short: it’s probably #2 after Amazon, but that in some segments it’s still behind Barnes & Noble.

Blog hops

Review blogging and ethics has popped up in Australian blogging circles again, this time to do with food blogs (via @Kristen_Boschma). The article links to an excellent summary of the ACCC’s guidelines to Australian law and online reviews at Melbourne Gastronome. Basically, if you have a commercial or personal relationship with the business or product, you should disclose it as part of your review. You can find the full guidelines here (pdf), and the summarised version here, and for book reviews they apply to authors and booksellers as well as to reviewers.

Reviews may mislead consumers if they are presented as impartial, but were written by:

  • the reviewed business
  • a competitor
  • someone paid to write the review who has not used the product
  • someone who has used the product but written an inflated review to receive a financial or non-financial benefit.

The ACCC considers conduct such as the following to be misleading. You should not:

  • encourage family and friends to write reviews about your business without disclosing their personal connection with your business in that review
  • write reviews when you have not experienced the good or service reviewed or which do not reflect a genuinely held opinion
  • solicit others to write reviews about your business or a competitor’s business if they have not experienced the good or service.

‘Do spoilers for books actually improve them?’ asks The Guardian (via @danielle_binks), and yes, it’s another one of those articles, but with a slightly different take, because the author in question actually spoils her own book in an interview: ‘Just as interesting is whether an author has the right to spoil his or her own work? I’d say no, in the belief that as soon as a book is published, it belongs to its readers.’ I don’t agree, of course.

This is an older post by author Kelly Barnhill (found as a result of a meandering bloghop from Danielle Binks’s piece on middle grade fiction), but I love the premise and it intersects with one my favourite ways of talking about romance books—as a literary inheritance from mothers to daughters. Barnhill’s post is called ‘When books are touchstones. When they are armour and shield. When they are lantern and map. When they are loved to bits, and read to smithereens.’ I will admit to keeping my school library copy of The Outsiders, but in my defence, I paid the lost book fee.

A new bookshop called Books & Brews has opened in Indianapolis. According to this article in the Indianapolis Star, the bookpub was crowdfunded via Kickstarter. Why can’t we have nice things like this in Australia? (Via @EllyKeating)

3 comments

  1. mharvey816 says:

    Even though Diesel claimed we could download books until April 1st, if you go check your bookshelf now, you’ll find it empty. I’ve read speculation on other ebook related forums that Adobe has likely turned off access to Diesel’s content server.
    I had 9 ebook purchases there and 5 at their mirror site Eros Ebooks (which is also not letting me download any books even though they don’t claim to be closing), but I can’t imagine how screwed people are who bought many more than that. The whole things just stinks to high heaven.

  2. Kat says:

    Marg — I only found out about them while collating the links for this post. :)

    mharvey816 — I’ve heard that some books have disappeared off the Diesel bookshelf. I just tried and I can still see one book. Did you set the bookshelf filter to ‘All’ and filter date to ‘All’? The default is to only show books purchased within the last month. I hope that helps!

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