Critical Linking

Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories: August 6-11, 2012

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

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…

The “200,000+ self-published ebooks sold” club

I’m not sure if I am glad that I have never read a book by any of these authors or if that makes me a literary relic. (Though I guess those two things aren’t mutually exclusive.)


I’ve gone through the seven stages of grief and I’m now at acceptance. I hope you’ll join me there.

To say that 50 Shades makes romance fans uncomfortable is a bit of an understatement.


But perhaps because of its current extreme trendiness, the genre seems to have transcended some of the critical and gender snobbery plaguing adult lit–as a frequent rider of public transportation, I can say anecdotally that you’re far more likely to see an adult male reading The Hunger Games than any book with a teacup on its cover.

I think the cause and effect is backwards here: YA’s transcendence of critical and gender snobbery has caused its popularity, not the other way around.


Amazon UK now sells more ebooks than paperback and hardback print editions combined.

Man, remember the future?

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