Link Irresponsibly – July 2011 edition

Time for another edition of Things Phil Thinks You Should Read On The Internet!

  • Reading can make you identify with the characteristics of what you are reading. The study doesn’t seem to be constructed well enough to draw any kind of conclusion, much less the ones stated in this summary. Nevertheless, this sort of research could point at interesting further studies.

  • The Internet Archive is becoming an archive of physical books as well as the digitized books it already stores.

  • Angry Robot Books, a fairly big S.F. imprint, is rolling out an ebook subscription. Pay £69 and you get every book they publish for a year in epub format. I think subscription models are one way publishers will carve out a place for themselves in the digital book future.

  • I generally try to post links that don’t get notice in the so-called book blogging community here. But this essay on the relationship between book bloggers and publishers is pretty spot on. Conclusion: bloggers aren’t employees of publishers!

  • Ambling Along the Aqueduct links to 25 commemorations of Joanna Russ, who died recently.

  • Cheryl Morgan crunches the gender balance numbers in SF anthologies. I do wish she hadn’t declined to release the raw data, because I think often times there are clues to solutions buried in them. She has a reasonable rationale, so c’est la vie. The headline stat is this:

    Gender of Editor % of Stories by Women
    Male 23%
    Female 44%
    Mixed 37%
    The comments thread is worth reading.

  • Nymeth examines a novel’s responsibility to balancing aesthetics, good storytelling and social conscientiousness. In this case, feminism and rape culture. Part 1 and part 2. Supposedly, a part 3 is on it’s way but I’m not waiting for them all to get written before linking.

  • Here’s a couple links to where people made mistakes and handled the criticism well. These are all ones in (loosely) the book industry. Lots of times, when someone screws up it turns into a giant wankfest and sometimes even damages careers. How many times have you followed an instance where an author took issue with a bad review and it only made them look crazy? Here’s how to do it:

    • In Someone is Wrong on the Internet, and It’s Me!, Matt Cheney apologizes for misreading a graphic novel he critiqued. Towards the end he notes: Because if you’re going to be wrong in public, it’s good to be flagrantly, obviously, and incontrovertibly wrong. That’s my motto..
    • A couple of people criticise a C.S.E. Cooney story for writing some ridiculous stuff. Tablesaw’s is one. Moniquill wrote another. In doing so, they used intemperate language. The author did what she’s supposed to do, listen, despite getting criticized in fairly harsh manner. Whether she’ll take it to heart is another story, but this linkage is all about getting criticized and not getting defensive. On that front, she did well. As did the publisher of the story.

No book porn this time around. I couldn’t find anything that tickled that part of my brain enough to post.

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