Linking Irresponsibly Archives

Interesting reading elsewhere on the Internet

  1. Five Years of’s Original Fiction for Free → - The Stories is celebrating its fifth birthday this week and as one of the many things we’re doing to mark the occasion, we’ve assembled the entire last five years of our award-winning original fiction into one handy, and possibly physics-defying, ebook.
  2. Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs (2012) →

    Authors Review By Blog, Sorted By Gender Of Bloggers

    Project thesis: when looking at a sample of bloggers reviewing SF/F, a majority of men will skew toward reviewing more men. A majority of women will skew toward a more equal gender parity, or the opposite in which they review a majority of women. There will be a handful of outliers.
  3. Linking Irresponsibly: Predatory Pricing and Amazon →

    R.L. Copple does a really cogent job of explaining why Amazon isn’t engaging in predatory pricing under legal definitions. He links this to a statement from the Authors Guild which essentially uses the term predatory pricing to mean hey, we don’t think Amazon is fair in a justification for why publishers should be allowed to fix prices.
  4. Link: Where Things Stand →

    Remember the furor over the breakdown of reviews by gender at major review venues that VIDA published last year and earlier this year? Roxane Gay did a similar count that broke down reviews by race of the authors being reviewed at the New York Times Book Review. The numbers are ugly: We looked at 742 books reviewed, across all genres. Of those 742, 655 were written by Caucasian authors (1 transgender writer, 437 men, and 217 women). Thirty-one were written by Africans or African Americans (21 men, 10 women), 9 were written by Hispanic authors (8 men, 1 woman), 33 by Asian, Asian-American or South Asian writers (19 men, 14…
  5. Grading books on a curve →

    Via Marginal Revolution, I found this Guardian article on a study that compared professional reviews to Amazon reviews. The Guardian’s summary: Amazon reviewers were more likely to give a favourable review to a debut author, which the Harvard academics said suggested that “one drawback of expert reviews is that they may be slower to learn about new and unknown books”. Professional critics were more positive about prizewinning authors, and “more favourable to authors who have garnered other attention in the press (as measured by number of media mentions outside of the review)”. I have some qualms about the methodology, but I’m glad that someone has started this kind of research.…
  6. Linking Irresponsibly: The Year’s Best Men and Women

    James Nicoll ran some numbers on the numbers of male and female authors in the last five years of each of the major Year’s Best Collections. I am aggregating his numbers here in one place as he spread them across several posts, and I like to have one place to view and compare. He also has a few posts counting comparable numbers for discontinued year’s best series. Following are the tables and links: Gardner Dozois: TitleTotalMaleFemale Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection33249 Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection32257 Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection30228 Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection32248 Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection2821½6½ David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer: TitleTotalMaleFemale Year’s Best SF 1621156 Year’s Best SF 1524168 Year’s Best SF 1421138 Year’s…
  7. 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…
  8. Link Irresponsibly – Early April 2011

    High-quality reviews improve product sales In our recent paper “Towards a Theory Model for Product Search”, we noticed that demand for a hotel increases if the online reviews on TripAdvisor and Travelocity are well-written, without spelling errors; this holds no matter if the review is positive or negative. In our paper “Estimating the Helpfulness and Economic Impact of Product Reviews: Mining Text and Reviewer Characteristics”, we observed similar trends for products sold and reviewed on I think this result holds true for books as well. More than once I’ve avoided books because the reviews I saw tended to be poorly written. This has one immediate application in a part…
  9. Link Irresponsibly – Late March Edition

    One of the things I’m doing with Read Irresponsibly that I didn’t do on Rat’s Reading is to highlight a few other articles on the internet. In other words, link spam or link roundups. These will include commentary. The SF Count. Earlier this year, VIDA published some graphs showing the gender bias in book reviews and articles in various bookish venues. Niall Harrison has posted some similar graphs on gender bias for the major science fiction venues at the Strange Horizons blog. I hope he posts the data behind the Strange Horizons counts. That will help show if there are patterns (similar to that noted about Carolyn Cushman and Locus)…