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Wednesday News: Kohn appeals ebook settlements; book banning attempts were up this year; more gifts for book lovers; Matt Walsh chooses his blog over radio; and Hulu is sued for blabbing to Facebook

Wednesday News: Kohn appeals ebook settlements; book banning attempts were up...

“According to Rust Consultants, more than 23 million consumer accounts will see refunds of as much as $3.06 per e-book for New York Times bestsellers purchased during the settlement, and $.73 for non-bestsellers, although those amount could still be adjusted.” Publishers Weekly

“Another trend that emerged during the fall was a substantial number of challenges to notable works by well-known minority writers, including Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits and Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima.” Shelf Awareness

“This is the avenue for my message and the platform for future opportunities that radio never was, and maybe never could be. In the last few months, I’ve been approached by some of the biggest conservative websites and blogs on the internet, asking if I’d like to work with them. People in media who I respect and admire (a small list, to be sure) have reached out. Recently, a cable news channel asked me if I’d be interested in being a contributor on their network. All of this, and I’ve only been able to work on the website part-time. I’ve seen the tip of the iceberg. “ The Matt Walsh Blog

“Plaintiffs in the case, who are trying to qualify as a class action, are seeking at least $2,500 per violation, in addition to punitive damages and other claims. They claim Hulu violated their privacy by letting third-party marketers, advertisers, and social networks monitor viewing habits without permission. The plaintiffs specifically allege that Hulu sent information to Scorecard Research and sent “Facebook IDs that linked their video choices to personally identifiable Facebook registration information.”” The Daily Dot

Monday News: More self-publishing and subscription news, holiday gifts, publishing insights, intellectual property data, and opinions about women

Monday News: More self-publishing and subscription news, holiday gifts, publishing insights,...

“For Scribd’s subscription ebook service, authors will earn 60% of the list price on all qualifying reads, and here they’ve added a cool twist.  With subscription services, the author or publisher earns credit for a full read when the reader reaches a certain trigger point, measured by the percentage of the book that is read.” Forbes

“I’ve tried to suggest that at least a portion of that pursuit can have gratifying economic results. (Plus it will not plunge us into an endless recession!) But that’s not really the point. The point is truth and beauty, without which our lives will lack grace and meaning and our civilization will be spiritually hollowed out and the historical bottom line will be that future epochs will remember us as a coarse and philistine people who squandered our bottomlessly rich cultural inheritance for short-term and meaningless financial advantage.” New York Times

“The NSF study doesn’t merely totally refute the USPTO’s findings, it does so using a well-documented, statistically valid, neutral methodology that was calculated to find the truth, rather than scoring political points for the copyright lobby. It’s a study in contrasts between evidence-based policy production and policy-based evidence production.” Boing Boing

“Liking women, respecting women, trusting women to make the best choices for themselves is a radical act in a misogynist culture. Being comprehensively pro-choice instead of policing women’s choices is a radical act in a culture in which we are exhorted to judge and condemn other women. And, in a world that hates women and holds us in contempt, perhaps the most radical feminist/womanist act is creating space for women to love ourselves.” Shakesville