This is not good. Not good at all. It is a scary oppression on DA's First Amendment rights and not only that, but it is truly silencing bloggers who want to critique a book in the future. If you give a negative review, even with solid evidence pointing to the text, but the author or publisher does not like what you say, are you opening yourself up to a lawsuit?
How does this relate to the YA blogging world? Well, as many people are aware, there have definitely been kerfuffles (to put it mildly) between bloggers and authors. What if those authors, who do not like what you say, feel they can sue you for defamation? I have noticed that many of the issues the YA category goes through, well, most of them have already been experienced by the online romance book community. (Trailblazers in all kinds of trouble!). This of course affects any book blogging community so it is definitely something to follow and pay attention to.
For a way better breakdown of what is going on than I can provide, check out some of the following posts:
Ellora's Cave Sues Dear Author: Hello Streisand Effect
Little Miss Cranky Pants is (Almost) Speechless
The Book Pushers Reply to Ellora's Cave's recent actions
We're Small Bloggers, But We're Feeling the Fallout: Ellora's Cave and the Suit Against Dear Author
Also of importance to follow is author Courtney Milan's post, On Limited Purpose Public Figures #notchilled, and the #notchilled hashtag on Twitter. This post is exactly WHY bloggers do need to keep talking and discussing and not caving into pressure from publishers and/or authors. There is a lot at stake and I am not the person to articulate this very well, but hopefully we can all learn a lot from what happens in this lawsuit.
All I can say is I support Jane Litte 100% and I look forward to seeing justice being done, though I am sorry that she has to experience the personal, emotional, and financial costs that this lawsuit will take from her.