Critical Linking: June 27, 2012

“I used to work for a large publisher where it was more or less common practice to game Amazon reviews. Marketing people had anonymous logons to Amazon and would go and post reviews of new titles. I sat in a few meetings about books which weren’t doing as well as expected and a few positive reviews would appear the next week. It was considered a fairly standard option to help out a book which perhaps hadn’t made the expected sales on publication.”

Unsavory.

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Some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals offered 48 days off jail terms each year if they read 12 books.

In Brazil, apparently super-readers could really get away with murder. Okay not really, but maybe like shoplifting?

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Winston Churchill’s personal copy, with a personal message from Fleming to Churchill, sold for $71,700.

Is it just me, or is it a little weird to have heads of state reading spy novels? (Though “Never Give Up” would be a pretty good name for a Bond novel).

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