Critical Linking: July 28, 2012

Working with Kepler’s board and a bankruptcy lawyer, he’s pursuing a creative two-part structure: On one side, a nonprofit organization will support Kepler’s author readings and community outreach programs; on the other, shares in the for-profit bookstore will be sold to its wealthy fans and customers.   

Get creative or go home in the book world these days.

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Rule No. 8: Is secret.

Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writers. Tongue so firmly cheek I’m surprised it didn’t draw blood.

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I think the whole argument is just withering away, because people don’t care that much anymore — a lot of people — whether you call it “sci-fi” or “science fiction” or “mainstream” or “realism” or whatever. It’s all getting mixed up together. It’s all literature, and that’s the way it ought to be, I think.

But, but but….how will I demonstrate my geek bona fides if it’s just all lumped together!

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The transition was accelerated by the death spiral of print ads, and the stalling of growth for online advertising, but more expensive subscriptions and charging for website access play a role as well.

Not sure if this is a good sign or not for The New York Times. Are subscriptions buoying the ship, or is the ad-part of the ship just sinking faster?

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