CRITICAL LINKING: January 26, 2012

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

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“There were more books published this week than there were in all of 1950.”

Wow. But in fairness, they were recovering from this little thing called World War II.

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“Currently 25 million people in the US own an e-reader; 34 million have a tablet; and at least eight million homes have two tablets.”

Uh. I guess we don’t count smartphones that run ereading applications, because there were more than 11 million iPhone activations in the US in the last quarter of 2011 alone.

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“There are an infinite number of universes of stuff that you can access, but most of us will never see that much of it. So I think people can still find genuinely strange things that no one else they know has ever considered.”

This is exactly the kind of thing I want to hear William Gibson say.

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“You want to be an author? Be prepared for public reviews like the one above. You think you won’t get one? Every. Single. Author. Does. Even if you’re lucky enough to never stumble across it.”

Homer’s Amazon reviews were terrible. “Achilles is such a whiner. Helen is the most selfish woman of all time. I can’t believe the author killed Hector! He was the only good person in the whole thing!”

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

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