As Goodreads grows up, it can’t please everyone. Should it try? – Laura Hazard Owen recounts Goodreads weekend fumbling as it tries to appease its paying customers – authors and publishers. In doing so, it made a lot of readers angry. As you know, Goodreads announced on its help forum that it would be deleting shelves and reviews without notice. The announcement was not sent to its 20 million plus users or placed on the home page. Hazard Owen reports that Goodreads still believes it is a reader focused site and that a data scientist is being hired to help do…stuff. Owen concludes that the changes Goodreads is making aren’t likely to be noticed by the majority of users. GigaOM Tech News and Analysis
8 Punctuation Marks That Are No Longer Used – For real book nerds (and no, I don’t know who that is so I help you self classify), this has to be an interesting read. Keith Houston at Huffington Post examines eight punctuations marks that are no longer used from the Pilcrow (which sounds like a WWF move) to the Interrobang. The snark, though? I feel like you’ve failed in your use of irony if you have to have a special punctuation symbol to alert readers. HuffingtonPost
‘Real Housewife’ Melissa Gorga’s New Book Advocates Marital Rape – Melissa Gorga’s book “Love Italian Style” has come out and insults all Italians everywhere. Basically Ms. Gorga describes how she’s been groomed into the perfect wife. She has sex regularly with her husband, not because she wants to but because if she doesn’t their fights are so much worse. Plus, that’s the only way to keep him from going off and banging some other woman. And it’s her job to do all the “feminine” tasks otherwise how else will they know who is supposed to “throw down” in the bedroom. The other disturbing part was the “if she doesn’t want it, do her anyway” message.
Men, I know you think your woman isn’t the type who wants to be taken. But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says “no,” turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated. Women don’t realize how easy men are. Just give us what we want.
This is the gif that was in the comments and it perfectly described my reaction to reading all the excerpts. Jezebel
Kelly Clarkson thwarted in bid to keep Jane Austen ring – Kelly Clarkson bid £152,450 for a ring of Jane Austen’s but Britain has an export ban that can be imposed for a period of time during which Britain seeks another buyer to keep a national treasure within the country. The Jane Austen’s House Museum was able to raise enough money to purchase the ring (in particular due to a 100,000K anonymous donation) and keep it in Britain. Clarkson had a classy reply:
On hearing the museum had been successful in raising funds to purchase the ring, Ms Clarkson said: “The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen’s House Museum.”
So I’m guessing that it was JK Rowling behind the gift. (I know nothing; I just like to think it is) BBC News
Jewish Kids Publisher Says Ryan Braun Is No Hero – Sarah and I were podcasting over the weekend and discussing the issue of PEDs and liar and cheater Ryan Braun who happens to play baseball. She shared that people in her life who were Jewish really took a blow when Braun came out and admitted to using performance enhancing drugs after months of lying about it; threats to sue; and so forth. (Threats to sue are the most specious of defenses to anything. Either sue or don’t). A Jewish publishing with a book about sports heroes is now redoing the cover to note that they do not think Ryan Braun is a hero since he is both a liar and cheater.