‘The lurkers support me in email’: An analysis of GamerGate in the media

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Whether you agree or disagree with its tenets, GamerGate has been an important part of the new digital media frontier over the last year or so. It’s one of the biggest demonstrations of the power of Internet media (including, in one instance, a self-published e-book) to organize and amplify the [...]

Morning Links: 2014 Reading habits survey. Can data journalism be taught?

By Joanna Cabot
March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Global eBook Opportunities Rising (Digital Book World) A recent Pew study hints at growing opportunities for ebook publishers and retailers to reach more English-language readers around the world. *** The Great 2014 Reading Habits Survey: The Results (Book Riot) This post presents the reading and [...]

Morning Links: Publishers should go direct. How Salon tamed the trolls

By Joanna Cabot
February 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Why All Publishers Can and Should Go Direct-to-Consumer (Digital Book World) But all publishers can and should be developing D2C strategies, including—and especially—small and mid-size publishers focused on a specific category or niche. *** How Salon Tamed the Trolls and Saved its Online [...]

Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5

By Joanna Cabot
January 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is [...]

A literary precedent for the blog: the feuilleton

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

For all those writers and pundits who bemoan, à la Jonathan Franzen, the superficiality, triviality, and general lack of gut-busting seriousness of blogs, Facebook, and social media, it might do some good for them to recall one of the most well-tried literary modes of the last two centuries that [...]

Morning Links: Scalzi on subscriptions. 2014 a big year for cloud

By Joanna Cabot
December 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

9 Reasons for Optimism for the Future of Journalism Education (Media Shift) Back in October, I delivered opening remarks at the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Green Shoots in Journalism Education event. I said I can be accused of donning rose-colored glasses, of seeing the curricular glass as at [...]

GamerGate Zoe Quinn rape story self-published, pulled from Amazon

By Chris Meadows
December 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

I can’t say I ever expected to have an excuse to write about GamerGate here on TeleRead. The movement generally hasn’t had anything to do directly with e-books. Until now. TechCrunch carries the story of a 3,000 word e-book posted for sale on Amazon, in which five men rape a “controversial [...]

Morning Links: Netflix CEO predicts end of broadcast TV. Top YA titles from 2014

By Joanna Cabot
December 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Journalism and Patronage (The Glog) Journalists are expected to avoid conflicts of interest. As I wrote a month ago, personal ethical standards and disclosure to one’s editors are key tenets in avoiding conflicts. *** The Internet of Things: What it is and Why You Should Care (Lifehacker) [...]

Morning Links: Five small presses killing it. Pelican relaunched with few links to the past

By Joanna Cabot
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

In Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future (The Digital Reader) But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one [...]

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.

By Joanna Cabot
November 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted [...]

Birthday writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Celebrated U.S. science fiction and all-round weird writer Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th, 1922, and to mark the occasion, some sites have been running birthday tributes, including his tips to other writers. For Vonnegut was an articulate and direct advisor to aspirants, in a style almost [...]

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks

By Joanna Cabot
November 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Is Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps [...]

How big media helped break the Jian Ghomeshi story

By Joanna Cabot
November 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jian Ghomeshi story continues to be big news here in the Great White North. Nine women are now making allegations against the former CBC Radio star, and two of them have given their names. Canada seldom embraces big stories like this, and it’s been morbidly fascinating for the former [...]

Should Jian Ghomeshi Have been Fired by the CBC?

By Joanna Cabot
October 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

A major story trending in Canada right now is the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. Mr. Ghomeshi, probably the second-most popular on-camera personality in their stable (after Peter Mansbridge, who recently drew kudos for his Ottawa coverage) has just been fired by the CBC following a string of allegations of [...]

Morning Links: Want to assemble your own smartphone? The Percy Jackson problem

By Joanna Cabot
October 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Want to Assemble Your Own Reading Device? Google Shows Off Project Ara Modular Phone Prototype (The Digital Reader) The idea of assembling a DIY mobile device has long since fallen out of the mainstream, but if Project Ara is successful then that could change. *** Journalists Need a Point of View [...]

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