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Tuesday News: Marry a girl who reads or don’t; The cult...

Andrew “weev” Auerheimer is in jail now but not for harassing one female tech blogger but for releasing the social security numbers of 114,000 AT&T customers.

Auernheimer is part of an internet subculture where might makes right, where the only moral code is for the superior to enforce their will on the inferior.

Women are overwhelmingly the target for this type of internet subculture and that’s true even in the book world. The Verge.

And, only a small percentage (4%) of New Zealand published books are fiction. The exorbitant cost of books, however, may be partly what is hurting New Zealand publishing. Many readers are trying to purchase geo free restricted books at reduced prices or ordering from Book Depository to avoid the VAT tax. The price of books really needs to be examined, in my opinion, should NZ want to continue to publish home grown books to a home grown audience. Stuff.co.nz

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are…. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Charles Warnke takes a different tack.

Don’t date a girl who reads. Do those things, because nothing sucks worse than a girl who reads. Do it, I say, because a life in purgatory is better than a life in hell. Do it, because a girl who reads possesses a vocabulary that can describe that amorphous discontent as a life unfulfilled—a vocabulary that parses the innate beauty of the world and makes it an accessible necessity instead of an alien wonder. A girl who reads lays claim to a vocabulary that distinguishes between the specious and soulless rhetoric of someone who cannot love her, and the inarticulate desperation of someone who loves her too much. A vocabulary, god damnit, that makes my vacuous sophistry a cheap trick.

But maybe Mark Grist’s take is even better

Full text here: http://writeoutloud.net/profiles/markgrist

See, some guys prefer asses
Some prefer tits
And I’m not saying that I don’t like those bits
But what’s more important
What supercedes
For me Is a girl a with passion, wit and dreams
So I want a girl who reads

Monday News: July brick & mortar store sales down; Overdrive end user survey; a smugglers’ pipeline

Monday News: July brick & mortar store sales down; Overdrive end...

I wondered if this is because of the drop of Agency pricing and the subsequent discounting of traditional published books. The digital equivalent of mass market books have dropped in price to around $5.99 for many books. The last couple weeks of NYTimes lists have shown a reduced number of self published authors. I’m not sure if there is a lowered number of sales overall or whether there is an uptick in previously marked Agency books that have been on people’s wishlists?

We are now entering the serious book season when the big publishers release their “big books” in anticipation of the gift giving season. One fairly reliable hit maker appears to be Amy Einhorn. Einhorn pulled The Help out of a slush pile and her most recent publication, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is making waves this month. Publishers Weekly

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