Revenge porn victim speaks about years of torment after ex-boyfriend put X-rated photos of her online – The article isn’t so much the story for me. Instead it was the comments that blamed the victim for her ex boyfriend’s callous vindictiveness. Holly dated a man, sent him provocative pictures. When he broke up with her, he posted them online. Holly tried to get them taken down, tried to get the police to help her, but to no avail.
The commenters said it was a publicity stunt; that if she didn’t want publicity she shouldn’t have agreed to go public; that she showed bad judgment in sending intimate pictures to another man; that she should never have trusted a “friend/lover.” Etc. It’s pretty incredible to me how pervasive the victim blaming is in these cases. This is just part and parcel of the rape culture where the victim is continually blamed for someone else’s negative actions. Mail Online
Amazon makes Kindle app to make e-books accessible to the blind – Amazon’s updated Kindle app makes use of Apple’s VoiceOver technology and finally brings accessibility to the sight impaired Kindle owners. The Kindle App now allows readers to control nearly all the functions of a Kindle App with their voice including navigating the book, adding notes, bookmarking and highlighting and even using the dictionary feature. You can sort by voice commands as well. Amazon has indicated that it will roll out this to its devices later but no word on when that will be. KPLU News
Barnes & Noble Takes First Step To Phasing Out Nook Tablets – B&N has opened up its platform to allow owners of the Nook Tablet to install Google Marketplace. This is great news as it instantly makes the Nook Tablet more useable. Plus, you can load a Kindle App onto the Nook device now. Mike Cane sees this move, however, as one step closer to B&N phasing out the Nook in favor of a Microsoft co-branded tablet. He speculates that the next device from B&N will be a 7.2 inc 4:3 tablet released later this year and running the Windows OS. Mike Cane’s xBlog
How Graphic Novels Became the Hottest Section in the Library – Graphic novels are increasing in circulation. In some public libraries and school libraries, graphic novels can make up 1/3 of circulation. This PW article traces how graphic novels began to rise in popularity as well as the types of GN that are being lent. Publishers Weekly
As Brenner’s statistics suggest, the emphasis is on kids and YA. Manga still has a following, especially among classic series like Naruto and Bleach. Keller recently discovered a fan base for Kindachi. Superheroes remain popular over all, and Scholastic hits such as Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet and books by Telgemeier (Smile, Drama) are heavily circulated. Brenner says novelist and comics writer Warren Ellis is a big draw for adults at her library, along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (to the surprise of no one), Bill Willingham’s Fables, anything by Brian K. Vaughan and Marvel’s current hit, Hawkeye.
Support the Fight For Your Digital Right – ReDigi is still operating after the federal lawsuit was decided against them. They’ve appealed but sharp eyed blogger, Nate from the Digital Reader, noted that the footnote on their site says that “Downloads from authorized sites after the ReDigi app is i place on your primary download device and any downloads from ReDigita are still available, and lawful, to resell. ReDigi