Wattpad Year in Review – 2013 – Wattpad had an impressive year. If converted to paper, they claim the totality of Wattpad stories in 2013 would weigh more than 1,000 elephants. Among the amazingness, they report that 7,544,914 pieces of fan fiction were uploaded to Wattpad, and material was available in more than 30 languages. Wattpad
The Easiest Possible Way to Increase Female Speakers at Conferences – Now here’s a massive shock (not). All it takes to increase the changes that a woman will speak on a conference panel is to have at least one woman on the organizing committee. Of course, part of the problem here is that the underrepresentation of women means that you often don’t have any women organizing these conferences and panels, which just perpetuates the problem on a systemic level. Still, perhaps this study will encourage more women to see out these organizational roles, even though, as the article notes, there are other issues that contribute to the general problem of equitable representation.
“‘Put at least one woman on the team that organizes a scientific symposium, and that team will be much more likely to invite female speakers,’ said study co-author Arturo Casadevall, chair of microbiology and immunology at Yeshiva University, in a statement. The authors analyzed 460 symposia involving 1,845 speakers in two large meetings sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, the General Meeting and the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.”The Atlantic
The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet – Moriah Jovan tweeted this piece, and given the previous story on the underrepresentation of women in the sciences, I thought it was an interesting companion piece. This is a long, in-depth piece, and while it may not win unanimous agreement, I think it raises a number of really important points.
“According to a 2005 report by the Pew Research Center, which has been tracking the online lives of Americans for more than a decade, women and men have been logging on in equal numbers since 2000, but the vilest communications are still disproportionately lobbed at women. We are more likely to report being stalked and harassed on the Internet—of the 3,787 people who reported harassing incidents from 2000 to 2012 to the volunteer organization Working to Halt Online Abuse, 72.5 percent were female.” Pacific Standard
5 Test Results To Help You Market Your eBook – While I’m sure this information will be pored over by many authors, I had to sigh in frustration at some of the findings, hoping against hope that we won’t see a rise in fake reviews and even more invasive promo. Customer reviews sell books (check); New York Times Bestselling Author sells books (check). There is some interesting stuff here, though, including the finding that the word “hilarious” in a blurb apparently sells books.
“It stands to reason that punchy, exciting word choice is a must for an effective blurb, but we weren’t sure how much our readers agreed. When we tested this hypothesis, the results were surprising even to us, as the addition of just one key word consistently drove better response rates. In one case, placing the word “hilarious” near the beginning of a blurb resulted in almost 4,000 more clicks.”BookBub Unbound
CES 2014: the best wearable smartwatches and fitness gadgets – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, is always an amazing display of new technology, and this year is no exception. From toys to a variety of consumer gadgets and more, the 2014 tradeshow has some pretty cool smartwatches and health and fitness devices, including a toothbrush app that can tell how well and how much you’ve covered of your teeth while you brush (great for parents). Also smartwatches are getting even smarter (does this mean we’re all going to be yelling into our wrists soon?):
“Intel’s new prototype smartwatch integrates a full phone into a watch, not simply relying on a smartphone like most other smart watches, including the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony Smartwatch 2, for connectivity.”The Guardian
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