Monday News: 2014 book sales, public-use photo app, feminism & media critique, and photographer explores anxiety in self-portraits
Sales in the trade category rose 4.2% over the previous year, while unit sales increased 3.7%, and trade remained the largest category, with revenue from the year at $15.43 billion. AAP includes religion publishing in the trade category, along with adult and children’s sales. As AAP’s earlier data had shown, the fastest-growing category in the trade segment was children’s/young adult, where sales rose 20.9%, to $4.39 billion, and units increased 13.5%. Revenue of adult books fell 1.6% in 2014, as sales in the adult fiction segment fell 2.0% and nonfiction sales dropped 1.1%. –Publishers Weekly
For the past six months Creative Commons has been hard at work on a mobile app called The List. This innocuous sounding app is intended to render stock photo sites obsolete by connecting people who need a photo with smartphone owners who don’t mind taking one.
Currently available on Android (from GitHub), The List assembles and maintains lists of locations, people, objects, and events that creators need pictures of. Users can view the requests one at a time and then take and submit photos which fit the descriptions. –Ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
Most people, for better or worse, learn about feminist theory through osmosis. Given that we have a theoretical framework that is often misused and misunderstood by the people who appropriate it (I’m looking at you, “Male Gaze”), the discussion on how feminism applies to the media we consume has not only become more diluted, but also far more contentious, and far more controversial. Moya Luckett, media historian and professor at NYU’s Gallatin School, tells me: “Part of the problem with feminist theory and the level of rigor and sophistication it often involves often meant a problematic relationship to a real world context. What I do think is a problem is a lot of this work isn’t understood properly, including by scholars.” –The Mary Sue
Photographer and Louisiana State University graduate Katie Joy Crawford has battled both anxiety and depression for more than a decade, which is why she chose her personal fight as the subject matter for her senior thesis work, titled “My Anxious Heart. . . .
Beyond her own personal experiences with mental health, she also wanted to shed some light on common misconceptions about the disorders, which affect more than 40 million people in the U.S. over the age of 18, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. . . .
She hopes that her work helps people, and that others with the same disorders will “celebrate your little victories often and don’t dwell on your bad days. The simplest tasks can be so overwhelming … It’s such a slow process to becoming less and less anxious. It’s smaller than baby steps.” –Mashable