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“When my stories aren’t so based on monsters or fantastical creatures, my characters do tend to be Asian-American, even if they don’t explicitly deal with Asian-American issues. There are always going to be little details that signify that they’re Japanese-American or Asian-American, whether it’s their names or the food that they eat or the things they talk about. I think it has a significant role in how I make my artwork and how I tell my stories.” NPR

“The DPLA has its roots in the controversial Google library scanning program. Alarmed that one for-profit company might soon enjoy a lock on a large part of our cultural heritage, a coalition of library leaders, technologists, and archivists in 2010 created the blueprint for what would become the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—an “open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources” that would draw on collections from the nation’s libraries, universities, archives, and museums.” Publishers Weekly

“The acquisition includes approximately 250 romance, YA, and genre fiction titles in the Lyrical Press backlist. Kensington will immediately begin acquiring new titles for Lyrical Press, as well as expanding its publicity, marketing, and editorial departments in order to dedicate the resources necessary to support and grow the new imprint. All eBooks published under the Lyrical Press imprint will be DRM-free, and books over 60,000 words will be available as print-on-demand editions.” Kensington Publishing

“THERE are many who will not mourn the displacement of literary culture’s traditional elite, dominated as it was by white, middle-aged men of comfortable means and conservative taste. Jeff Bezos, the C.E.O. of Amazon, aimed to exploit such disillusion with the old ways when announcing the launch of Kindle Direct. The self-publishing e-book program would, he claimed, produce “a more diverse book culture” with “no expert gatekeepers saying ‘sorry, that will never work.’ ” But to express discomfort at the attrition of expert opinion is not to defend the previous order’s prerogatives. Nor is it elitist to suggest that making the values and personnel of such professional hierarchies more representative is preferable to dispensing with them” The New York Times

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  1. Stephanie Scott
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 10:51:22

    RE: book critics, I don’t like when it’s either/or–non-professional reviewer and bloggers versus “legitimate” critical reviewers. If books are focused on less by big media, it’s more a result of traditional news outlets collapsing rather than the rise of independent blogs and news outlets. I agree, more diverse-in-background (gender, ethnicity) critics would lend a needed voice. It’s what we see more of in the indie realm. Probably why we seek out alternative news sources to begin with–the books I read aren’t covered by the major outlets. Blogs do cover them.

    I’m also interested in small presses getting picked up by larger pub houses. I’m rather new t the industry so I tend to sit back and watch it unfold.

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