CRITICAL LINKING: October 15, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

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“Every day I go to my study and sit at my desk and put the computer on.”

So that’s why Murakami’s writing is so crazy-awesome…dude wears his computer.

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“There are certainly plenty of folks, most in traditional publishing and book retailing, who would agree that Amazon is Sauron, and that the Kindle is the One Ring”

Oh I like this. So that means traditional publishers are the elves, indie bookstores are the Men of the West, and self-published authors are….orcs? I can’t tell if this is right on point, or way, way off.

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“Buy this hardcover copy of When She Woke and receive an additional complimentary ebook edition, which can be read on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Nook, Kobo, and even on your Kindle.”

Good job. Now do this for everything. Heck, charge a few more bucks for the hardback even. Seriously. You guys are leaving money on the table.

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“Books do these two essential things; they reassure and they challenge, and the very discrepancy between those actions illuminates the origin of this age-old argument.”

Spot on. The day everyone agrees on a literary award is the day we’ll know that literature is dead.

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Ah Saturday…what links have caught your attention this morning?

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