Malware-Infested Ads Now a Threat When Reading Online

Between popup ads, auto-play video ads, and pernicious tracking cookies, there are a hundred and one good reasons to use ad-blocking plugins like Adblock Plus. That doesn’t stop some experts like Benedict Evans from calling such plugins “malware installed by the user”, but a new report from security researchers should take the wind out of his sails.

Author Lawsuit Against Harlequin Certified as Class Action

The off again on again royalties lawsuit against Harlequin has moved a step forward. Passive Guy reported yesterday that Judge William Pauley has formally certified the plaintiffs as a class. Originally filed in July 2012, Keiler et al v. Harlequin Enterprises Limited et al was brought by a group of authors who allege that Harlequin had cheated them out of… Read More »

Hugh Howey to Debate “Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books Next Week?” in NYC

Love them or hate them, Amazon plays a key role in US bookselling, but just what should that role be? That question has sparked numerous arguments on the web, and next week it’s going to be the inspiration for a live debate. New America, in collaboration with Future Tense, will be holding a debate next… Read More »

And Yet Another Teacher is Punished for Writing a Novel

Update: It looks like this story might be a tempest in a teapot caused by really bad local reporting. The LA Times followed up and reported that the teacher had real mental health issues, and not because of his novels. The Atlantic reported earlier today that a Maryland middle school teacher was involuntarily committed for… Read More »

John Paczkowski: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September

This blogger has long argued that there simply wasn’t enough evidence to prove that Apple is about to launch a wearable, but I am definitely in the minority. Update: Paczkowski ‘s reversed himself, and is now saying that the new Apple wearable will be launching next month but won’t be coming until next year. That’s why… Read More »

Facebook Is Cracking Down on Buzzfeed-Style Clickbait

It looks like anyone working to reverse engineer the FB news feed algorithms will need to start anew; Facebook announced a couple of changes which will change what you read. Much to the chagrin of Upworthy, Buzzfeed, and The Onion’s Clickhole, your new news feed will show fewer clickbait titles and more link and excerpt style… Read More »

On Tablets, Summer Reading, and Parental Role Models for Young Readers: How Schools and Libraries Can Together Connect the Dots

It’s summer. Is your child reading—one way to guard against a seasonal slump? Oh, and here’s a very much related question. Are you reading? “You are a role model for your children,” writes Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., a board-certified neurologist as well as a former middle school teacher. “When they see you reading books, not just for specific reasons but also… Read More »