Aldiko Hits 15 million Downloads – Passes Kobo & Nook Apps – Nate at The Digital Reader notes that Aldiko, an independent ereader program, has hit 15 million downloads which is more than the Kobo and Nook Android apps. The major source of books within Aldiko, I believe, is Feedbooks. Aldiko is popular with side loaders and library book readers. I also think it points to how weak Nook and Kobo are on the Android platform. The Digital Reader
Unpacking why adults read young adult fiction – Malinda Lo takes a stab at deciphering why adults read young adult fiction. Instead of focusing on what YA fiction might be delivering what adult fiction is not, the question is one about the audience or what Lo calls “reception studies.”
For those of you unfamiliar with this admittedly academic subfield, reception studies emerged from a few related academic subjects including cultural studies, reader response theory, and media studies. I first encountered reception studies during my grad school years in cultural anthropology. The point of reception/media/cultural studies in this case is: Study the audience (of a TV show, movie, etc.), not the creator of the media.
Lo unfortunately quotes Radway’s study as saying that romance text cannot be read objectively but rather the true inquiry is how women engage in it. Out of Radway’s study came the idea that the female characters were placeholders for the female readers. Malinda Lo
Apple’s iPhone event is today — get your liveblog here! – Apple’s iPhone event is TODAY at 10 AM PST / 12 CST. You can read the liveblog at Engadget. The rumors indicate two new iPhones, one an updgrade to the existing iPhone 5 and a cheaper “entry” level model. The newest feature for the iPhone 5S appears to be a fingerprint scanner that may or may not be tied to passwords your device and an additional flash (along with being faster and offering better battery power). Engadget
iCee Better – A dad developed a reading app that allows you to customize the colors of the background text. This is to aid readers who suffer from Irlen Syndrome. Apparently black text on orange background can help the words pop out. I believe you can customize Bluefire to do exactly this but if you are looking for another reading app, here’s a free one for iOS and Android users.iCee Better
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com