Interesting Writings for a — aw come on, not more snow! — Wednesday

E-book articles get a bit silly, but these two are a little more useful:

http://www.idealog.com/blog/what-the-powers-that-be-think-about-drm-and-an-explanation-of-the-cloud

http://michaelhyatt.com/six-e-book-trends-to-watch-in-2011.html

A Discover Magazine article that, along with its comments section, sums up many of the reasons why I’m not worried about sentient AI taking over the world:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2011/01/20/why-im-not-afraid-of-the-singularity/

I love Ursula LeGuin. I truly do:

http://blog.bookviewcafe.com/2011/01/18/a-riff-on-the-harper-contract/

Last year, writer and editor Jason Pinter published a screed on Huffington Post about how book publishing is dominated by women editors so male books that men like to read have a hard time getting published and male authors have it rough. This was his explanation for why guys don’t read. His examples were mainly about non-fiction, which ignored numerous other market factors that effect the non-fiction market, but he tried to make the claim about fiction as well. About the only thing the piece got right about the industry was that there are a lot of female editors in publishing — but not nearly as many in the top executive levels of publishing and bookselling that set policy or in marketing where key non-fiction decisions are often second guessed, where they are dealing with the booksellers,  and from which most of the publishing executives come. While publishers do a certain amount of publishing “for women” specifically, they are focused, especially in the adult market, on male readers, because women will also read male oriented books, especially fiction.  Despite all that female editing that supposedly so taints publishing, in fiction, female authors make up only 30% of the titles published — and a lot of those females are not writing “women’s” fiction either. Males are still getting a higher preference in titles, promotion, reviews, etc., despite females making up the majority of the reading audience and half the population. Laura Miller at Salon.com goes over the numbers, which have stayed remarkably the same:

http://www.salon.com/books/women_writers/index.html?story=/books/laura_miller/2011/02/09/women_literary_publishing

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-pinter/why-men-dont-read-how-pub_b_549491.html — Jason Pinter’s lament

 

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