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Spooky Halloween Reads 🎃

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, The Street by Ann Petry, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, Ghost Ride by Hope Zane, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, The Bully by K.J. Kwon, A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Living Blood by Tananarive Due, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, Ghost Story by Peter Straub, Nightjar by Paul Jameson, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami, Screens by Christopher Laine, The Devil’s Mother-in-Law by KJ Ferriabough, Mama Day by Gloria Naylor, MEAT by Ultan Banan, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Leaving Oklahoma by LC Rung, The Morbid Fascinations of David Bennett by R.M. Smith

How Ingram & Amazon’s seemingly precarious relationship negatively affects Authors

And how consignment print runs may be the better option now for authors instead of POD as a result:

Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLI), John Doppler & Adam Croft interview
IS knows Amazon is misinforming readers and misinforming authors. They know Amazon is delaying sales of books readers have paid for and putting the blame on Ingram and authors. Yet, they (IS) actively chose not to side with authors, by doing nothing about it.

For me, this left me feeling that Ingram Spark does not support indie authors, and does not have our backs.”

How ‘The New York Times’ Helped Hide Stalin’s Mass Murders in Ukraine

Muggeridge and Jones both saw the profound danger inherent in both the Nazi and the Soviet regimes—the former of which was often praised by the right while being loathed by the left, which saw the Stalin regime as the last, best hope of mankind. – The Tablet


For 25 years, Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece ‘Blood Meridian’ has stumped every director and screenwriter who tried to bring it to the big screen Todd Gilchrist, MEL MAGAZINE

This is actually on my Halloween bucket list to Read this October.

Fact or Fiction? Co-founder of Fact-checking Website Busted for Plagiarism

In honor of Snopes co-founder David Mikkelson recently being outed for plagiarizing dozens of articles from 2015-2019, I present to you a perhaps more useful website Fact or Fiction? Managed by a former Snopes employee who Mikkelson allegedly fired without explanation in 2018. That was his big SEO/speed secret. He would instruct us to copy text from other sites, post them verbatim so that it looked like we were fast and could scoop up traffic, and then change the story in real time. I hated it and wouldn’t tell any of the staff to do it, but he did it all the time.

How 1 eBook can cost a library anywhere from 60 – 22,000 dollars

from the New Yorker, Daniel A. Gross
“Libraries can buy print books in bulk from any seller that they choose, and, thanks to a legal principle called the first-sale doctrine, they have the right to lend those books to any number of readers free of charge. But the first-sale doctrine does not apply to digital content. For the most part, publishers do not sell their e-books or audiobooks to libraries—they sell digital distribution rights to third-party venders, such as OverDrive, and people like Steve Potash sell lending rights to libraries.”

– My sincere question is: is this frugal library spending? Are libraries inappropriately trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ by allocating a massive amount of funds to best-sellers that are already for sale on other channels?

from Internet Archive, Peter M. Routhier: U.S. Congress Investigates Publisher Restrictions on Library E-Books
“Big 5” publishers have until October 7 to respond to an inquiry into their behavior in the library eBook market

The Perhaps Existential Crisis of Self-Translating when You Speak More Than 1 Language
  1. I believe I began writing in Italian to obviate the need to have an Italian translator. As grateful as I am to those who have rendered my English books into Italian in the past, something was driving me, in Italian, to speak for myself. I have now assumed the role I had set out to eliminate, only in the inverse. Becoming my own translator in English has only lodged me further inside the Italian language.

“Where I Find Myself: On Self-Translation”, Jhumpa Lahiri, WORDS without BORDERS

Alt Text as Poetry

Do you write with accessibility in mind?

I worked for 10+ years with the d/Deaf, blind and deaf-blind in a former life, and I’d like to think I do pretty good with alt text when writing for my website. I could be more descriptive I admit, because it’s a hassle sometimes I admit. But it’s important I understand for visually impaired folks who rely on image descriptions etc. that are read by screen readers. From a business standpoint, it just makes sense to include as much of the market as you can. Anyway, this is a pretty cool article about seeing alt text as poetry:

“Cross-Disability Solidarity”, BOMB Magazine

When anonymity is priceless:

the tricky business of pursuing trademark but not copyright infringement to protect your identity as an artist

But this would entail the disclosure of Banksy’s real name, which the artist obviously doesn’t want to reveal as it would remove the aura of mystery surrounding him, and consequently reduce the value of his art.

The Conversation, Enrico Bonadio, “Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising, despite saying copyright is for losers”
A Best-selling Author Goes Rogue Criminal Defense, Broke & Off the Deep End Defending An Incarcerated Fan Convicted of Murder: From hoarding Hatchimals, transient global amnesia, wig disguises & Threats from the Aryan Nation: Water for Elephants

I actually read this book years ago; and funny, the only thing I remember is a moving train and an abusive character named August; but this snippet from the author’s real life: This, this I’ll remember …

“After the success of her novel Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen spent years trying to prove a man’s innocence. Now she’s ‘absolutely broke’ and ‘seriously ill,’ and her next book is ‘years past deadline.'” The Marshall Project


Copyrighted Works from 1925 Are Open to All!

‘Copyright law gives authors important rights that encourage creativity and distribution. But it also ensures that those rights last for a “limited time,” so that when they expire, works can go into the public domain, where future authors can legally build upon their inspirations.’

[See Also: Chapter 3: Duration of Copyright – U.S. Copyright Office]
+Museo – free public domain images
+LibriVox – free public domain audiobooks
+Project Gutenberg – 60,000+ free (public domain) eBooks

Who owns the Copyright? WATCH (Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders), a database of copyright contacts

107. Limitations on exclusive (Author) rights: Fair use: But How Much Use is Fair?

Do it and find out, it turns out: nobody knows; but check out, Copyright Law of the United States: Chapter 1: Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright
5 Things to fairly Consider before using: Richard Stim, Attorney, The ‘Fair Use’ Rule, NOLO

Do People Have the Right to Ask You Not to Use Their Name in Your Work?

The Right of Publicity of the Audience vs. The First Amendment Right of the Artist

Tricks and Traps of Using Real People in Your Writing, Helen Sedwick

What came First? Sci-Fi or Tech?

There’s an interesting Goodreads thread called “The Evolution of Science Fiction: Nonfiction Books”. I haven’t read much Sci-fi but classics I can remember were accurately predictive of future occurrences. But I’m not sure if that’s because Science & Tech would go on to ‘rip off’ the ideas. 😂

Philip K. Dick was talking about “Nexus” cyborgs and “vid phones” (video phones) in the 60s in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This is a (Guardian) article about how his estate was planning to sue Google in 2010 for their “Nexus” phone powered by “Android” software.