Tuesday News: Ebook re-selling and lending; vivid illustration of institutional racism, and pet spying 101
As a result of that German ruling, the resale of ebook licenses is legal in the Netherlands but illegal in Germany. That contradiction works to the publishers’ advantage because should they lose this appeal, they will have a chance to argue the case before an EU court. –The Digital Reader
Mercer said a half million patrons have borrowed about 3 million books this year across 3M’s online system in the U.S. and Canada.
Overdrive said Minneapolis and its suburbs rank 5th in size in the nation for ebook lending. In Hennepin County alone, library officials expect people to check out one million e-books this year, compared to a typical total annual circulation of 16 million.
People of all ages and backgrounds are reading e-books, said Michele McGraw, information services manager for Hennepin County Library. –MPR News
When we talk about this kind of racism, or even racialism (which are related but not the same thing), it’s not that individuals are thinking in an overtly racist way. It’s a function of institutional racism, whereby systems are structured to empower certain groups (read: white people) over others. There is a pretty good introduction to systemic racism here, and although it relies on a black/white dichotomy, the general principles apply more broadly.
This is also something to take in consideration when creating new characters. When you create a white character you have already, by the context of the larger culture, created a character with at least one feature that is not going to make a difference to the narratives at large. But every time you create a new character of color, you are changing something in our world. –Tumblr/timemachineyeah
Anyone can follow your posts on the Petcube social network, but you can also designate people as “friends” and “family,” and allow them to access your Petcube camera, laser and speaker at specific days and times. There is also the option to make your Petcube public for a specified number of minutes. Only one person can access it at a time.
Like Dropcam and other home security devices, the Petcube does raise some privacy questions. I aimed it right at my couch, which gave it a good view of my entire living room. That meant Hobbes was almost always in the shot, but so was anyone at home. At the very least, the Petcube notes it is filming by switching a light on its front to blue. –Gigaom