CRITICAL LINKING: January 19, 2012

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

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“If there are statisticians working on rubrics and finalizing the math, I’m not privy to them. I am privy, however, to the details of my own book life. I can, I’m saying, report from the trenches and allegate — with more than a touch of the emphatic — that book bloggers don’t just shore up a writer’s confidences, or make her feel less lonely. Book bloggers rescue certain books. They may even rescue quite particular careers.”

Anecdotal evidence is still evidence.

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Some of the most interesting data here is the number of self-published titles in the Kindle Top 100 bestsellers. In the best months, self-published titles claimed 20-27% of those spots.

The growth line for e-books is approaching vertical. A deserved “wow.”

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“I had a very tight deadline and managed to produce 1600 words per day, every day, until done, followed by a few weeks of ten-hour-days editing.”

If we called ghostwriting “consensual plagiarism,” would stuff like this really be OK?

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“Once upon a time there was a leper colony in Jamaica.”

Write a book that starts like a fairy tale about wildly contagious nervous disorders, you get to be on a list of anticipated books for 2012.

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Jeff O’Neal is the editor of Book Riot. Follow him on Twitter: @readingape

 

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