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Wednesday News: Kobo introduces new slate of ereaders; B&N retail chief sells shares; A selection of YA covers

Wednesday News: Kobo introduces new slate of ereaders; B&N retail chief...

Before Miley, the internet was bemoaning Ben Affleck being chosen as the actor to play Batman in the next Superman movie.  Someone even mocked up this picture:

Batman Robin


But, then, some talented person on the internet made this fake trailer to show how Ben Affleck could be Batman.  I think Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor is inspired.  I hope it’s not too dark for me to take the tot to.

The relaunched Kobo HD is thinner, lighter and has a smaller bezel but a higher price tag.  For the front lit beauty, you’ll pay $150, a $50 premium over Nook Glo and Kindle Paperwhite.  The Kobo HD devices run $400 for the larger 10″ tablet and the 7″ for $150 and up. I’m not sure why they are pricing the Kobo 7″ tablet at the same price as the Kobo eInk (called Aura) and maybe the prices will be updated today.

The Kobo ARC 10HD has a micro HDMI port and Miracast support for streaming content to the TV.  The screen is 2560 x 1600 pixels. The current Kindle Fire has 1920 x 1200 pixels at $299.

Tuesday News: In defense of Miley Cyrus, Tom & Jerry in blackface, Smart bookstore social media

Tuesday News: In defense of Miley Cyrus, Tom & Jerry in...

“You can’t censor these things and put them away and pretend they never happened,” said Raul Aguirre, a former Disney animator who now runs the podcast “Man Vs. Art.” “Those cartoons represent a stage our culture was in at the time. As a cartoonist, our work reflects what’s going on in the world.”

I was listening to ESPN radio and they talked about Miley.  But Miley’s suggestive dancing was part of a rehearsed act so Miley knew about it. So did Robin Thicke. So did the whole of MTV and the VMA peeps.  So why is Miley being reviled?  How was Robin Thicke, as HuffPo suggested, sexually violated? Why did other news shows and morning talk shows suggest that Mrs. Thicke should have words with Miley? Shouldn’t she be having words with Robin, her husband?

Jenny Trout wrote about this and called it media slut shaming and I have to agree. Miley was part of a rehearsed act. If her bit was terrible the blame falls on all them, not just her.  Sweaters for Days.

“I’ll lay out rose petals across the bed, and they won’t get in our butts, though it seems some of them logically would. I’ll rub an ice cube all over you, and you won’t burst out giggling, causing me to grow self-conscious and lose my erection. I’ll drip wax on you, which will be erotic and not at all like the other times you’ve burnt yourself on something hot, which have not been erotic at all. We’ll eat dessert off of each other’s nude bodies like that’s not the grossest thing two people could do to their sheets and skin. “Can’t we just have those strawberries later? I’m going to get all sticky,” is something you won’t say, in this paradise of physical pleasure.” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency