News & Notes — 3/23/13

March 23, 2013 self-publishing 0

Worth Reading: 

  • “R E S P E C T”: Artist Lee Moyer answers author Jim Hines’ questions about sexism and objectification in his art and SF/fantasy art in general.  It’s a thoughtful, well-articulated argument that recognizes the issue while pointing out that artists are, in general, responding to industry demands — which in turn may be a response to consumer demand.  My own assessment, having followed this argument for a while now, is that SF/fantasy’s attitudes toward women reflect those of society as a whole; we may have ‘come a long way, baby,’ but there’s still a long way to go. (Lee Moyer’s blog)
  • Speaking of which… Jessica Luther explores the tangled and often uneasy relationship between the romance genre and feminism in “Beyond Bodice Rippers: How Romance Novels Came to Embrace Feminism.” (The Atlantic)
  • Author Charlie Stross explains “Why I don’t self-publish,” reminding us once again that the decision to self-publish is not an easy one, and should take into account the amount of time required to both publish and market your books as well as writing them.  It’s not for everyone.
  • Nate Hoffelder argues “The Best Reason Not To Use Google Keep: Google Reader”  —  the company’s arbitrary decision to kill the apparently successful Google Reader has resulted in a widespread lack of trust in the company. (The Digital Reader)
  • “What You ‘Like’ on Facebook Can Be Revealing”:  Your Facebook likes, when put together, can give clues to your age, your political persuasion, even your sexual orientation. (Raphael Satter, AP, via 

Books & Ebooks in the News:

 ebook Freebies: 

  • The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, is currently free for Kindle, Nook, and at Kobo (which means it’s probably free at other ePub stores as well.)  
  • Joseph Robert Lewis (who also writes as Joss Llewelyn and Jordan Lockhart) offers several standalones and fantasy series on his website, absolutely free. I haven’t read them, but the Goodreads ratings, while not extensive, are pretty good, and some of the series look intriguing. 

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