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Friday News: Critiquing Anita Sarkeesian’s Critics, the new waterproof Kobo reader, pregnancy app Glow, and new book on 3 top newswomen

Friday News: Critiquing Anita Sarkeesian’s Critics, the new waterproof Kobo reader,...

And, again, what Sarkeesian is doing is standard pop culture criticism, of the kind that films and books have been subjected to for decades – and TvsWVG is pretty good. It’s thorough and accessible, and it’s both a good introduction to the concept of feminist cultural criticism and an example of the increasing respect that games receive as an artform. The world was a very tedious place when all people asked was whether games were art at all; now that we know that they are, in their place come both external critiques (which includes TvsWVG) and intelligent responses from the industry itself (such as Jonathan Blow’s Braid, a platformer which deconstructs the “damsel in distress” trope). –New Statesman

Kobo launched the Aura HD last year as a premium, large screen ereader device focused on the hardcore reader, a “niche device” which Kobo thought was going to account for just 5% of its hardware sales.

What it found however was that the Aura HD made up about a quarter of all hardware sales in the last year. –Yahoo News UK and Tech Crunch

In over two decades of seeing reproductive health practitioners, not a single doctor had ever suggested that I track my cycle. When I had started to entertain the idea of getting pregnant, I asked one of my doctors for tips on what I should do, and she looked at me rather oddly and offered this sage advice: “Just have sex.”

But as I would come to find, it’s not actually that easy. The fertility window is already pretty narrow, and as you get older you’re honestly only looking at a day or two when you can actually get pregnant. When you’re 35, you don’t have time to be casual about it. I realized that I had spent far too much of my life clueless about the happenings in my pelvic region. I wanted all the information laid out cleanly for me. Very quickly, and with lovely graphics that didn’t offend my discerning taste, Glow managed to illustrate everything I didn’t know. –Gizmodo

A rep for Couric declined to comment on the allegation, but a source close to the global anchor for Yahoo News said this, “It’s sad that? the author and her PR team continue to alienate their target audience by relying on classic anti-feminist caricatures, tabloid-like misrepresentations and outright falsehoods about these three extraordinary women. Thankfully all three of them have survived and thrived after dealing with far worse than a couple of gossip items.” –The Hollywood Reporter

Thursday News: Sony Reader Store closes today in US & Canada, new Sony reader for sale, author Kevin Trudeau sentenced for fraud, and the genius of goggly eye books

Thursday News: Sony Reader Store closes today in US & Canada,...

The Future of Reader Store in the US & Canada – Just a reminder that for US and Canadian customers, the Sony Reader Store closes permanently today, March 20, at 6 pm EST. If you have a Reader Store account, it will automatically transferred to Kobo, unless you choose to opt out, which you are supposed to be able to do from your existing Sony account. Read the blog post in its entirety for more details, and pertinent links.

Customers don’t have to do anything right now, and will be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, we will send an email to registered customers with a link that will allow customers to transfer existing libraries to Kobo. Whether new to Kobo or with an existing account an account, customers will be able to transfer your Reader Store eBooks to your Kobo account so you’ll continue to have access to them in the future. Plus, any existing Reader Store credits in accounts will transfer to a Kobo account to use at the Kobo Store. And of course, customers can continue to use their Sony Reader to read eBooks from Kobo. –Sony Reader Store Blog

Sony Reader PRS-T3 Arrives in the US Days Before Sony Shuts Down the Reader Store – Speaking of Sony, the PRT-T3, Sony’s new e-reading device, has finally become available in the US market (although not sold directly by Sony), just as the Reader Store closes its figurative doors. Should you invest in this new device? A commenter makes an interesting point regarding Sony’s strong compatibility with Calibre, but Nate Hoffelder does not recommend it:

While the PRS-T3 will continue to function after Sony turns off their ebook store, there is little to recommend this device over other models on the market. It’s rather expensive when compared to its competition (Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Aura), and aside from some software features there is little to recommend it.

In fact, I can offer at least one point against. The PRS-T3 is using a Pearl E-ink screen, and it has a touchscreen but no frontlight. That makes it a rare beast among ebook readers, and while I don’t care to use a frontlight I would want one just in case. –The Digital Reader

U.S. TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison – This is a somewhat odd story, but its also a compelling example of why the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention to books. Kevin Trudeau had settled with the FTC back in 2004, based on accusations that he was “misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements.” Trudeau, who was quite famous for his infomercials (he wrote a moderately famous book on so-called “natural cures,” as well). I don’t know if all of his books were self-published, but some certainly were. A jury convicted Trudeau of fraud in November, stemming from an alleged violation of his settlement via the infomercials for his book on weight loss, and this week he was sentenced to ten years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Trudeau told viewers in the infomercials that the “cure” to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories.

Prosecutors, who said Trudeau’s actions resulted in over $37 million in losses to consumers, had sought at least a 10-year sentence, saying in court papers he was motivated by simple greed and had bilked consumers and defied court orders. –Reuters

Googly Eye Books – All I can say is that if all books were sold with goggly eyes, I’d probably be willing to purchase virtually any title. Sheer genius. –Googly Eye Books Tumblr