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Tuesday News: Aldiko hits 15 million downloads; YA author Malinda Lo...

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

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


  1. Shannon Stacey
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 07:43:16

    …and offering better battery power

    Please, please, please let this be true.

    I’m also hoping for an iPad Mini with Retina, but I’ll settle for an iPhone that makes it to bedtime without needing a charging fix.

  2. library addict
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 08:07:24

    Out of Radway’s study came the idea that the female characters were placeholders for the female readers.

    Blech. So not true for me or any of my reading friends. We want to like and/or understand the heroine, not be her.

    I had Aldiko and it was a nice app, but I didn’t like that it makes a duplicate copy of the books I read and stored it on my phones memory. That’s why I have my library in the cloud. I can see why it needed a local copy, but I couldn’t find an option to store the files on my SD card. With so many other reading apps for android, I decided to try some of the others. Though I really don’t read enough on my phone to stress about it, I like the idea of having access to my books if something happens and I only have my phone with me.

  3. Amanda
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 08:46:56

    When I started reading romance at the age of 12 all the heroines in my historical romances seemed to be between 17-22. So it doesn’t seem that odd to me to read about that age group now. And in truth its not like there is that many books out there with characters my current age, 38.
    Also I think I enjoy YA’s because the romantic elements feel more real, it makes sense that these characters in high school and collage have lives that are more centered around their romantic journey. People in this age group are not always burdened with all the stuff that tends to bog down our lives as we get older.

  4. Mina Kelly
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 09:35:00

    I read all my ebooks through aldiko until I got my Kobo Glo. I tried swapping the app on my phone to kobo so it’d sync, but I just couldn’t get on with the kobo app after years of aldiko (and it took up more space, too). It’s just really nicely designed, no unnecessary bells or whistles, and very intuitive.

  5. Evangeline
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 11:23:18

    I have a Kobo app and Aldiko on my Kindle Fire. I actually dislike Aldiko (though I dislike Bluefire even more) because it’s so user unfriendly on the Kindle. For example, let’s say I want to switch a different ebook. When I press the back arrow, it closes the entire app instead of returning me to the main menu! The main menu itself has too much going on–I want to see my books when I open an app, not a page full of options/content (and do I really need to have two different views of my books?). Also, the Smashwords component is horrendous! You can’t find anything.

    The Kobo app is perfect: book shelf well organized, design is crisp and simple, and I don’t need to click around to do what I want to do.

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