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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

Friday News: Bye, bye Sony; 3-d makeup printer; Romance novel survey; and a French portrait mystery

Friday News: Bye, bye Sony; 3-d makeup printer; Romance novel survey;...

Sony Reader Store to Close in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Australia June 16th – Well, that didn’t take long. Two months after closing the Sony Reader Store in the United States and Canada, Sony is pulling out of almost all its other markets, including Australia, the UK,and Germany, signaling an abandonment of the digital book business. As with readers in North America, those affected by the new closures will be automatically transferred to Kobo upon the June 16th closures.

Sony is abandoning selling books in every single market in the world now, other than Japan. The company has found it can remain profitable outsourcing all of the bookselling business to Kobo and earn commissions on every sale. All current and future Sony e-Readers and Xperia tablets and smartphone users will be able to buy books from Kobo in their own country. Kobo currently operates dedicated bookstores in UK, Germany, Austria, and Australia, so the transition will be smooth. –Good E-Reader

A Harvard Woman Figured Out How To 3D Print Makeup From Any Home Computer, And The Demo Is Mindblowing – Talk about disrupting the beauty industry. Grace Choi has figured out how to create makeup from a 3-d printer, and she has even built the printer. The Mink printer, Choi insists, will allow you to basically take a picture of a makeup color you like and reproduce it on the machine. Although right now the types of makeup are more powdered, Choi is working on creamier solutions, and if you check out the article, you can see how the printer works.

Choi created her own mini home 3D printer, Mink, that will retail for $300 and allow anyone to print makeup by ripping the color code off color photos on the internet. It hooks up to a computer, just like a normal printer. –Business Insider

Romance Novels in Public Libraries Patron Survey – If you want to help a Library Sciences Master’s student out, please click on the link and take a brief survey on Romance novels at public libraries. Elizabeth Tucker, a Romance reader herself, provides a description of her project below, and the survey has been approved by her university’s Institutional Review Board.

Dear DearAuthor Readers,

My name is Elizabeth Tucker, and I am a Master’s of Information and Library Science student at Southern Connecticut State University. I am currently writing my Special Project, “Romance Novels in Public Libraries: Perception versus Reality,” and I am hoping you will help me out. As a fellow romance reader, I am aware that there can be many challenges involved with getting romance novels at the public library, and when I become a professional librarian (finishing classes this summer!) I plan to bring better awareness of the romance genre to the profession.

With that in mind, I ask you to please complete this five-minute survey about your library-going and romance-reading habits. The results will be compared with a survey of public librarians to see if public librarian and romance reader perceptions align.

Thank you in advance for your help, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

My very best,

Elizabeth Tucker

(bits dot tucker at gmail dot com)    –Survey Monkey

Is This Black Soldier the Inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo? – This small portrait, by Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet, has not been identified, but circumstantial clues have led some to suspect that it might represent Alexandre Dumas, aka Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, the father of the great novelist, who bore the same name as his father. The elder Dumas was a distinguished soldier, and even suffered through a two-year captivity after his ship was wrecked off the Italian coast, and his son’s stories found inspiration in his father’s military career. A very interesting historical mystery.

During the heady early days of the French Revolution, many people of African descent rose to the defense of the ideals of liberty, equality and brotherhood. One of the most notable results of the reformation of French armed forces during the early 1790s was the creation of a cavalry brigade composed of gens de couleur libres, or free men of color. The unit came about through the efforts of Julien Raimond and other delegates to the new French government from Saint-Domingue, or Haiti, as it has been known since it won its independence in 1804. –The Root