Thursday News: B&N’s new digital audiobook app, Lemony Snicket comes to Netflix, Laura Mixon on Requires Hate, and Roxane Gay on Lena Dunham
I’m sorry the news is late this morning. In addition to a work deadline last night, I decided to update my operating system and it screwed up my computer for a few hours.
B&N ReLaunches Their Audiobook Section With New App for Android – Although the app is still in beta, and is not yet available in iTunes (just Google Play), it may be a good solution for those who don’t want to be under the Amazon umbrella but still want digital audiobooks. Nate Hoffelder notes that the B&N website hasn’t yet touted the new app, but he speculates that the company will update their site within the next few weeks, once the app is ready.
I’ve spent a few minutes playing with the app today. I can’t tell you how many titles it offers, but I spot checked a half dozen prices and found they were usually cheaper than the retail price at Audible.
The Nook Audiobook app doesn’t offer a subscription, and there’s no way to download the audiobook and use it elsewhere (it will probably never have this feature), so you can’t really compare prices to features. But if you don’t mind being locked into a single app then this isn’t a bad deal. –The Digital Reader
Netflix Adapting Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ As Series – For you Lemony Snicket fans, it may be time to get a Netflix subscription, if you don’t already have one. With its various forays into original programming doing some robust business, Netflix is now going to try its hand at a live-action series adapted from A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Since they are still searching for a director, you probably have time to get your new Netflix subscription in place and make it through all of the House of Cards and Orange is the New Black episodes.
“On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series oOf Unfortunate Events,” said Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.” –Deadline
A Report on Damage Done by One Individual Under Several Names – Laura Mixon spent a month tracking down all she could on the Requires Hate/Benjanun Sriduangkaew situation, and I have to say, it’s a pretty convincing indictment. I’ve had an impossible time picking one side definitively, and I still have qualms around the whole controversy, but I do think Mixon’s report is worth reading, if for no other reason than she manages to collect and fit together a lot of disparate pieces of the puzzle.
It’s easy when a controversy like this occurs to shrug and call it fanwankery, or a tempest in a teapot; or to loftily counsel the participants to stop feeding the energy creature and move on. It’s certainly easier to do that than it is to investigate and sort out the actual issues. It’s very complicated; there’s a lot of he-said-she-said; and it’s hard to find direct links for some of the most damning allegations. I’ve already seen calls for everyone to just move on, let the current ruckus die down, and trust that things will eventually sort themselves out with no help from the rest of us.
Bluntly, I disagree. The SFF community matters to me. So does basic fairness. So does social justice, which should not be reduced to a rock people throw at each other when they want to hit harder. I don’t believe we can answer the questions bouncing around about RHB, or decide what (if anything) should be done about her, if the community doesn’t first get a clearer and more complete picture of what has already been going on.
That’s why I’ve been delving into the matter to find out more, trying to keep an open mind and go where the data led me. This is my report on what I found. –Laura Mixon
On Lena Dunham and All That – Warning: Gay addresses the accusations of sexual abuse against Lena Dunham, including the controversial aspects of her memoir.
What I like most about this piece is the way Gay picks through so many of the more explosive issues in the context of judgment, especially of women, with sensitivity, self-awareness, and compassion.
I have been asked about my thoughts on Lena Dunham, so here they are. I am rambling and disjointed here because I am still thinking through all this. I am only speaking for myself and many people are going to disagree with my point of view and that’s okay. We’re not always going to agree but I do hope we’re always going to try and respect where we are each coming from. –Roxane Gay Tumblr