Link Smorgasbord, December 2014

Big Idea: Ebook Technology & Reader Privacy Are Compatible
As the title indicates, about ebooks and privacy.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks
Tumblr (and main content portal) for a campaign attempting to address the issue of limited diversity in children's books.  Their mission statement:
We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.

In order to accomplish our mission, we reach out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including (but not limited to) publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.


Why Librarians Are Defending Your Right to Watch Porn at the Library
The article is about right to privacy and access to information at the library, but where this concept often comes into conflict is explicit material.

Mondegreen (Wikipedia)
I find this article delightful.  Highly recommended to word nerds out there if you're not already familiar with the term.

Subscription Model Squabbles
John Scalzi on some of the issues facing authors with the Amazon Unlimited service.

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