Critical Linking: April 17, 2012

 

“As she will explain, she appears here in role as Toni Morrison, as distinct from Chloe Wofford, her birth name and real self.”

I would ask her approximately 10000 questions about this alone.

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We find that customer reviews tend to be very positive at both sites and that they are more detailed at Amazon. We find that an improvement in a book’s reviews leads to an increase in relative sales at that site, and the (negative) impact of 1-star reviews is greater than the (positive) impact of 5-star reviews.

Easier to sink a boat than to sail it, as they say.

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“I can now only weakly say this: if the situation ever arose when Alfred A. Knopf was the only publishing house remaining in the world and I was the sole remaining author, that would mark the end of the world of books.”

You can’t beat a letter from a scorned author to the house that scorned him—-after he made his mark.

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“And if things start to suck for writers, other solutions will slide into the gaps — new competitors, new services, or authors who sell their work DRM-free and direct to the readers.”

As some guy once said…the play is the thing. All else is merely the stage.

 

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