Critical Linking

Critical Linking: November 15, 2012

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

The survey went on to ask why those 694 owners only used the ereader once, and the majority (396 respondents or 57%) indicated that they didn’t have the time to use it; they are too busy. Approximately 22% (153 respondents) said that they’d received it as a gift and didn’t have a need for it. And a sizable 174 (25%) were among the Luddite minority who preferred to read with paper books.

Is trying ebooks once really enough to know that you prefer print books absolutely?

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Publishers have begun to hate authors. But seeking to squeeze out the individuality and admittedly the eccentricity of authors is just one more reason why book publishing as we know it is going over the cliff.

I’d be embarrassed to publish something this overtly idiotic. 

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At least 90 percent of whatever appears to be “wrong” in anyone’s worldview is because of contracts and what they stipulate or what they don’t. Don’t know why you can’t get an ebook in the country you live in? Contracts. Whine about only having a handful of images available to you for free? Contracts. Want to buy a book by your favorite author sooner but you can’t? Upset that a publisher isn’t providing ebooks to the public library, or asks those libraries to pay exorbitant rates. Contracts. I could go on and on and on.

It’s sometimes helpful to remember that books are a business and that businesses require contracts. They might be dumb, short-sighted, or actively predatory, but they are legal and not easily broken.

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At the end of June, Amazon’s Kindle family of reading devices was used to read e-books by 55% of e-book buyers.

Apple devices account for 15% and Nooks for 14%. This is a long race, but the green giant is way out in front.