Writing and Other Crazy Stuff
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We stopped reviewing books explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys - the response was incredible. Here, we answer some of our readers' questions

We stopped reviewing books explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys - the response was incredible. Here, we answer some of our readers' questions | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
On Sunday, I wrote a comment piece explaining why I, as the literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, along with my colleagues on The Independent and www.independent.co.uk’s children’s books blog, support the campaign #LetBooksBeBooks and will not review “any book which is explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys”. It created a bit of a stir. Parents, teachers and children’s authors and readers have responded in their hundreds, mostly praising the decision. But others have accused the papers of “censorship”, and asked us when we’ll start burning books. There have been legitimate questions… and some silly ones. So here, I attempt to answer them.
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Very sensible. Why limit your market to half the audience it could have? Not to mention participating in actions that increase gender stereotyping and serve to foster outdated principles that lead to "the war between the sexes."

 

Three cheers for the reviewers at The Independent.

 

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Google's Book-Scanning Is Fair Use, Judge Rules in Landmark Copyright Case | Threat Level | Wired.com

Google's Book-Scanning Is Fair Use, Judge Rules in Landmark Copyright Case | Threat Level | Wired.com | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Google's massive book-scanning project that makes complete copies of books without the authors' permission is perfectly legal under U.S. copyright law, a federal judge ruled today, deciding an 8-year-old legal battle.
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This is good news for everyone, even if the Authors Guild still hasn't figured that out. The public can discover books containing information they might otherwise miss, and having done so, may decide to find and borrow or purchase the book. As the judge states, "all society benefits" from Google Books.

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A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog

A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.
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These images will be of interest to wide range of people, including historians, writers, artists, and more.

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