Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.
“In the end, what’s any good reader really hoping for? That spark. That spell. That journey.”
Well, yea, of course. All of these things, plus a reason not to talk to other people.
“About half of them have close to 100 customer reviews, a number that’s hard to achieve through word of mouth alone, especially for books that aren’t high sellers. Interesting.”
In an otherwise near-glowing overview of Amazon’s burgeoning publishing initiatives, this little nugget was conspicuously uninvestigated. In the implication that Amazon is paying/otherwise inducing people to write reviews for their own books? Or are they faking them? This coy “interesting” is either withholding, or trying to indict without any explantation or evidence.
“ohhhh, I see now, you’ve invented a way to cause world peace when you hug me while soaked in sweat. Brilliant. Sorry I doubted you.”
Never thought of that. 99% perspiration means that geniuses are one sweaty lot.
“For security reasons, the National Book Foundation had handled all the award communication by phone.”
The National Book Award finalists were definitely kept a secret. So secret in fact that judges themselves didn’t even know what was on the list.