CRITICAL LINKING: November 22, 2011

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

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“There have certainly been extensively researched books on single libraries before, but no previous project includes a database that supplies, to ordinary casual Web visitors, this kind of in-depth history about a library’s acquisitions and patrons.”

I don’t know why the reading habits of folks in Indiana more than 120 years ago are interesting, but, dang it, they really are.

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“Believe it or not, the 2012 Tournament of Books is almost here.”

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! (My three suggestions: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, The Curfew by Jesse Ball, and West of Here by Jonathan Evison)

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“As far as the storytelling experience goes, e-books fall far short in one area: the page turn—which is crucial to the pacing of a children’s story.”

There should be a word for the extended pronunciation of a word that parents do as they flip the page.

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“During the reading period our panel communicated by email, conference calls and by an online, secure spreadsheet. After reading a book we logged on, gave each title a numerical rating along with a mini-review: strengths, weakness, great bits, serious fails.”

I would pay good money for this spreadsheet.

 

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