Critical Linking

Critical Linking: June 2, 2012

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

But in a nod to the millions of readers who have abandoned print books for e-books, Ms. Winfrey has updated the club with digital and social-media elements. The e-book versions of the selected book, for instance, will include margin notes from Ms. Winfrey highlighting her favorite passages.

Congratulations, publishing industry. The Oprah Lottery is back!

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In one of the truly bizarre incidents we’ve seen out of the e-book publishing world, a translation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace for Barnes & Noble’s Nook platform has replaced all mentions of the word “kindled” with “Nookd.”

In related news, I just edited a version of Harry Potter where “expelliarmus” is replaced with “Jeff is Awesome!”

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With some 300,000 – 350,000 books going up for auction, most, naturally, will be sold as shelf lots. This explains why Mr. McMurtry considers the auction a great opportunity for young booksellers. Asked whether most books are collectible or reading copies, he emphatically states, “most of what we have is collectible.”

Best auction ever: “I’d like to bid on that building of books, please. No, not that one. The other one. No the other other one.”

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Full disclosure: after a while, I began to skip. After a while longer, I began to skip a lot.

That’s one problem with book blog reviews, the lack of professionalism. Oh wait, this is from The London Review of Books.