Tuesday News: A tale of revenge porn, holiday book selling, academic publishing, and the unexpected death of Janet Dailey

Tuesday News: A tale of revenge porn, holiday book selling, academic...

“If the goal is to get these women to stop, there’s evidence that it works. Some female bloggers admit to self-censoring or closing up shop altogether. In 2007, two leading feminist bloggers, Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, resigned from their jobs running John Edwards’ campaign blog under the crush of harassment. Between 2000 and 2005, the proportion of Internet users who participated in online chats and discussion groups fell from 28 percent to 17 percent, entirely due to women’s exodus, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which ‘coincided with increased awareness of and sensitivity to worrisome behavior in chat rooms.’” Al Jazeera America

“According to court documents, he is said to have made “around $900 per month from advertising on the site and records obtained from his changemyreputation.com PayPal account indicate that he received payments totalling tens of thousands of dollars”.” BBC News

“This is the time when publishers release their splashiest books and count on Christmas shoppers being much more willing to part with $25 for a weighty hardcover. The leveling off of e-book sales should help. The Association of American Publishers, which collects monthly data from about 1,200 publishers, said last month that e-book sales had been flat or in decline for most of 2013. In August, e-book sales were approximately $128 million, a 3 percent decline from August 2012.” New York Times

“Mr. Leonard was not the only researcher to receive such a notice this week, as Michael P. Taylor, a paleontologist and open-access advocate, reported in a post on his group blog. Many researchers post copies of their articles online, Mr. Taylor said, even if they’re not legally supposed to. ‘It’s always been so, because even though technically it’s in breach of the copyright transfer agreements that we blithely sign, everyone knows it’s right and proper,’ he wrote. ‘Preventing people from making their own work available would be insane, and the publisher that did it would be committing a PR gaffe of huge proportions.’” Th Chronicle of Higher Education

“According to Wikipedia, there are currently more than 325 million copies of Dailey’s books in print, with translations in 19 languages for 98 different countries.” Hometown Daily News