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Monday News: Apple settlement fast-tracked, Sony Reader defunct, great Roxane Gay profile, and David Sedaris honored for de-littering

Monday News: Apple settlement fast-tracked, Sony Reader defunct, great Roxane Gay...

Under terms of the settlement, Apple will pay $400 million to consumers if the liability finding survives the appeal process; $50 million if the liability question is remanded or vacated; and nothing if the finding is reversed. In dismissing her own concerns over the damages that Apple could pay if her decision is remanded, Cote noted that the Plaintiffs believe that her liability finding will be upheld on appeal. In addition, Cote was persuaded by assurances from counsel that the agreement applies only to the liability finding—thus, if the decision is remanded for “administrative or non-substantive grounds that do not, or could not, affect the Liability Finding” the $400 million payout would still apply. –Publishers Weekly

There will be no PRS-T4, and lesen.net reports that the remaining stock of the Sony Reader PRS-T3 will be sold until it runs out. That device was was launched last fall in Europe but never shipped in the US, so I’m not sure how many people actually have one. –Publishers Weekly

Over the past few years, Gay has worked hard to raise the profile of writers of colour, conducting a count, for instance, of the books reviewed by leading publications. In 2012, she found that 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times were by white writers – according to the 2010 census, 72% of the US population is white, so, as she noted, the figures are grim. She has also published lists of brilliant writers of colour on the Rumpus, and in Bad Feminist writes about the representation of black lives on screen and on the page. This includes a critique of two films that tell stories of slavery, Django Unchained, which she hated, and 12 Years A Slave, which she thought was brilliant. But she’s at the stage now, she says, where she can’t watch “any more slavery movies. It happened. It was bad. It’s still bad. The repercussions linger.” She’d like to see more films that take on those repercussions, but also more like the romantic comedy The Best Man, “which just show people living their lives. Just once in a while, we’d like to be carefree, too.” –The Guardian

After running the story, the publication saw its article go viral, and updated the story with reference to Sedaris’s fame.

In recognition for all his fantastic work and dedication and as a token of Horsham District Council’s appreciation, the council has named one of their waste vehicles after him.

The vehicle, bedecked with its bespoke ‘Pig Pen Sedaris’ sign was officially unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper at an outdoor ceremony on July 23.

District councillor for Chantry Ward, Diana van der Klugt, said: “David Sedaris is a familiar and very welcome sight in the lanes and by-ways of this lovely part of Horsham District, as he tirelessly and painstakingly goes about gathering up the litter so thoughtlessly discarded. –West Sussex County Times

Tuesday News: Laura Lippman on ambitious  women, Apple’s new pretrial motion, the 2013 VIDA Count, and humorous book art

Tuesday News: Laura Lippman on ambitious women, Apple’s new pretrial...

To say this is to be grandiose, hubristic. Well, why not? Going back ten years ago, when I wrote a novel called Every Secret Thing, I confronted the fact that I couldn’t write better novels about men than my friends – Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos. But I could write better novels about women. At the time, I liked to joke that Every Secret Thing was the darkest, most hardboiled novel to begin with an anecdote about a Barbie doll. I said it might read like a literary novel – if literary novelists ever learned to plot. Joking, yet not. For there was some disdain about plot in certain literary circles, although I think that has fallen by the wayside. In part, because genre writers – all genre writers – have been flanking them. –EarlyWord

The filing acknowledges that Apple’s remaining motion to dismiss the class action case against it, as well as the plaintiff’s motion for class certification (which Apple has opposed) are still pending before Judge Cote. But after Judge Cote issues rulings on those motions, Apple argues, any case going forward to trial should be remanded to courts in Northern California and Texas before April 11, 2014, when the parties are scheduled to submit joint pretrial orders, as required by this Court’s trial procedures. –Publishers Wekly

We know these publishing practices won’t die off by accident or with the simple passage of time, if we just accept them on their terms, remain silent and hope. While meritocracy is ideal, it is naïve to accept the publishing industry on the premise that editors simply select the “best” writing from all that is submitted, especially when many of the major publications consult their Rolodexes and solicit most of their work. Editors and publishers alike have vested interests in the work they perpetuate, especially where a dollar is turned. Their values may be, shall we say, often strongly influenced by the demographic who can buy them. VIDA has felt the resistance to those dollars when we’ve served up our pies. –VIDA