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An Open Letter to the Libby App, by Overdrive

I know mistakes happen. But I also know that if the characters in these books were white, the readers who picked up the books because they identified with the type of characters or stories they expected to find wouldn’t end up being disappointed in any way. People of colour should have the same reading experience when they seek books that show their culture.

I think that for all the reasons I stated above—this mis-categorization may offend people in minor or major ways, may cause them to completely distrust your app and refrain from using it anymore, and/or may perpetuate ignorance about other cultures when some people in the white “majority” pick up these books—someone should update this list immediately and take more care going forward when you create content lists without having actually read the books in question.

Sincerely,

Melissa Montovani Read more →

Celebrate Shakespeare's Life With YA BOok Shelf!

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Life with YA Book Shelf!

For literary accuracy, all the causes of death, types of murderers, and activities one was doing before death in the Your Shakespeare-Style Death graphics show actual ways Shakespeare killed off both our favourite heroes and villains. And yes, I’m Canadian, so where possible, I used the Canadian spelling of words in the graphics below. Read more →