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Wednesday News: Net neutrality ruling, James Frey is back, a Pride and Prejudice proposal, BBC Map series, and an author attends his own book’s discussion

Wednesday News: Net neutrality ruling, James Frey is back, a Pride...

“Another fear among Net neutrality supporters is that broadband providers could create tiers of service that would require Internet companies trying to reach their customers over this infrastructure to pay a fee for a certain quality of service. For example, Amazon may pay Verizon to prioritize its traffic to ensure that its streaming services get a better quality of service or so that its Web pages load more quickly. Net neutrality supporters say such a system would relegate smaller Internet companies, which cannot afford to pay for priority service, to a slower and less reliable Internet. These Net neutrality advocates say this will stifle innovation.” CNET News

“Paul Constant, books editor at Seattle’s the Stranger, tweeted, ‘James Frey is still terrible, and he’s still being rewarded for it. His Hunger Games ripoff sold for $2 million.’ Writer Sarah Weinman followed by tweeting, ‘Suzanne Collins’ people should be looking at this with a very, very fine-toothed comb.’” Los Angeles Times

“The night the club was to meet, I showed up early, thinking I’d introduce myself at the start and ask if they wanted me there or not. But it was an informal setting, and it just felt too pompous to pop up and exclaim, “Hello, I’m the author!” I decided to wait until we were all supposed to introduce ourselves. I’d identify myself then, quietly reveling in the murmurs of surprise and delight that were sure to follow when they discovered the great man himself was among them.” New York TImes

Tuesday News and Deals: DABWAHA Updates, Asian Sexuality and Deals.

Tuesday News and Deals: DABWAHA Updates, Asian Sexuality and Deals.

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Second Chance Bracket:

Bracket busted? You get a Second Chance! Starting with the Sweet 16, pick your winners – and there’s prizes for this tourney, too!

Deadline:  3/21/2012 at 11:59:00 PM ET

This is a separate contest – your picks in this tourney don’t override your picks in the main tourney, in other words. The winner of the 2nd Chance Bracket will receive a Kindle Fire, a $100 Amazon giftcard, and an ARC of Echoes at Dawn, book 5 in the KGI series from author Maya Banks.

2nd place in the 2nd chance will receive a $50 gift card to either Amazon or B&N from Sarah Frantz and Eric Selinger, who are celebrating the publication of their academic collection of essays titled New Approaches in Popular Romance Fiction.

Have a look at the prizes page for more information on what’s going to be awarded with each round. And, yes, there is absolutely a “Wooden Spoon” prize for the worst bracket overall, so if your bracket is hopelessly broken, aim low and vote against yourself to try to score that prize.

The second chance tourney brackets are open through Wednesday, March 21. Then voting on the Sweet Sixteen begins Thursday, March 22!

I hope you’re having fun as much fun as we are as we play through. Next up: Sweet 16!


Scholastic made Hunger Games a bestseller before it even hit the shelves.  Salon does an in depth piece about how the pieces fell into place for The Hunger Games and guaranteed it would be a success even before the first book was published.  Of course, a lot had to do with the book itself but the Scholastic editing, sales, and marketing team made this book get noticed.

That spring, a full six months before “The Hunger Games” was set to publish, the official advance reader’s copies were among some of the most sought-after items at the conferences and conventions where publishers present their titles to booksellers and librarians. In early summer, Publishers Weekly, the industry’s trade publication, ran a story on how Scholastic had twice doubled the book’s print run in response to “early raves, particularly online, where commentary has lit up blogs and listservs.” The book was well on its way to bestseller status even before the cover art — a major conundrum for Scholastic — had been finalized.


I loved this piece by Jeannie Lin on the issue of whether the sexualization of the Asian male is objectification or equality.  I think what Lin is saying but doesn’t state outright is that we need some Asian male man titty on the cover.

These references are old ones, but I don’t believe they are outdated. You still don’t often see Asian men in leading roles and when they are, they are allowed to be kung-fu masters, technical wizards or comic relief, but rarely are they sexy, romantic heroes.

In the interest of furthering racial equality, I bring you Lee Byung Hun.

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