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In my latest Locus column, “Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and
Doctorow’s First Law,” I unpick the technological forces at work in
the fight between Amazon and Hachette, one of the “big five”
publishers, whose books have not been normally available through
Amazon for months now, as the publisher and the bookseller go to war
over the terms on which Amazon will sell books in the future.
 
The publishing world is, by and large, rooting for Hachette, but
hasn’t paid much attention to the ways in which Hachette made itself
especially vulnerable to Amazon in this fight: by insisting that all
its books be sold with Amazon’s DRM, it has permanently locked all its
customers into Amazon’s ecosystem, and if Hachette tries to convince
them to start buying ebooks elsewhere, it would mean asking their
readers to abandon their libraries in the bargain (or maintain two
separate, incompatible libraries with different apps, URLs, and even
devices to read them).
 
Worse still: people in publishing who are alarmed about Hachette are
*still* allowing their audiobooks to be sold by Audible, the Amazon
division that controls 90% of the audiobook market and will only sell
audiobooks in a format that can’t be legally played with anything
except Amazon-approved technology. Audible has *already* started
putting the screws to its audiobook suppliers — the publishers and
studios that make most of the audiobooks it sells — even as it has
gone into business competing with them.
 
It’s profoundly, heartbreakingly naive to expect that Amazon will be
any less ruthless in exploiting the advantage it is being handed over
audiobooks than it has been in its exploitation of ebooks.
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maureenjohnsonbooks:

hollyblack:

ivegotthekittens:

malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

So, you’re suggesting I read books by authors I do not like, and/or that deals with subjects I am not interested in, simply because it has a PoC/LGBT character? 
I wish certain authors would have diverse characters because these are the ones writing books I’m actually going to read. 
And I wish bestselling artists would because no matter what their next book going to be about, it would get many readers and a lot of publicity. 
Can you imagine what it would have been like for PoC and LGBT to have their group represented as one of the trio in Harry Potter? Or even just make Dumbledore openly and obviously gay? 
This is what we need. It’s not that the public isn’t aware such people exists, but they are never in the mainstream media. Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me this is what all those PoC justice posts are preaching. 
And best selling authors are the main streams of books, so we want them to include these characters. 

Seriously? Do you honestly believe that bestselling books are anointed and raised up by some divine hand? Like THE CLAW HAS CHOSEN? And for some reason the claw keeps choosing straight white cisgendered protagonists written by straight white cisgendered authors? REALLY?
Best selling authors don’t just HAPPEN to be in the mainstream media. Selling a lot of books MAKES someone a bestselling author and GETS mainstream media attention. But books are sold one at a time to readers who make choices about which books they want to support.
If you want more diversity, you have to buy more diversely.
And, look, I love me and I want everyone to read all my books all the time, but reading a book with a diverse cast written by JK Rowling or myself or any other white straight cisgendered writer isn’t the same as reading a book written by a person of color or a LGBTQ+ writer. It’s the difference between a secondary source and a primary source. But if you feel that FOR SOME REASON you can be absolutely sure that you’re not going to like a book you haven’t read because it isn’t already a bestseller, then I guess that’s you, but please, please, please don’t act like it’s some kind of positive political act.
And don’t you dare talk that way to Malinda.
 

You’ve made Holly angry.
You don’t want to make Holly angry.
Except maybe you do because Angry Holly drops truthbombs.

maureenjohnsonbooks:

hollyblack:

ivegotthekittens:

malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

So, you’re suggesting I read books by authors I do not like, and/or that deals with subjects I am not interested in, simply because it has a PoC/LGBT character? 

I wish certain authors would have diverse characters because these are the ones writing books I’m actually going to read. 

And I wish bestselling artists would because no matter what their next book going to be about, it would get many readers and a lot of publicity. 

Can you imagine what it would have been like for PoC and LGBT to have their group represented as one of the trio in Harry Potter? Or even just make Dumbledore openly and obviously gay? 

This is what we need. It’s not that the public isn’t aware such people exists, but they are never in the mainstream media. Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me this is what all those PoC justice posts are preaching. 

And best selling authors are the main streams of books, so we want them to include these characters. 

Seriously? Do you honestly believe that bestselling books are anointed and raised up by some divine hand? Like THE CLAW HAS CHOSEN? And for some reason the claw keeps choosing straight white cisgendered protagonists written by straight white cisgendered authors? REALLY?

Best selling authors don’t just HAPPEN to be in the mainstream media. Selling a lot of books MAKES someone a bestselling author and GETS mainstream media attention. But books are sold one at a time to readers who make choices about which books they want to support.

If you want more diversity, you have to buy more diversely.

And, look, I love me and I want everyone to read all my books all the time, but reading a book with a diverse cast written by JK Rowling or myself or any other white straight cisgendered writer isn’t the same as reading a book written by a person of color or a LGBTQ+ writer. It’s the difference between a secondary source and a primary source. But if you feel that FOR SOME REASON you can be absolutely sure that you’re not going to like a book you haven’t read because it isn’t already a bestseller, then I guess that’s you, but please, please, please don’t act like it’s some kind of positive political act.

And don’t you dare talk that way to Malinda.

 

You’ve made Holly angry.

You don’t want to make Holly angry.

Except maybe you do because Angry Holly drops truthbombs.

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Cool Culture Interview: Sarah Urist Green

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We are pleased to share our interview with Sarah Urist Green curator, host, and creator of the Art Assignment, a weekly video series produced by PBS Digital Studios that Sarah hosts with her husband, author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns). In each episode they explore different facets of art history, visit an artist’s studio, and have the artist give an art assignment to viewers. A thriving online community has come out of the show of people creating and sharing their art assignments!

Watch all episodes on Tumblr and Youtube and read on as Sarah discusses the show’s inception, her hopes for the future, and more!

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