Critical Linking

Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, November 19 – 24, 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…

 

What indie rock bands have figured out is that the purchase of music does not have to be an either/or proposition. They don’t make their customers choose between analog or digital. Whenever you buy a record from just about any indie band, it comes with either a CD or with a card that contains a URL and a download code so you can get a digital copy at no additional cost.

Dying for this for books. Just dying for it.

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Professors will be able to dive into specific details of progress: the amount of time students have spent reading, number of pages completed, and even a tally of notes / highlights will all be collected. From there, an “engagement” score could be reached for each student.

I guess we need a new “the dog ate my homework” excuse.

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Make no mistake, the answer to this question will frame someone’s opinion of you for all eternity, and if you’re sticking with any of these go-to pretentious classics, I’ve got a pretty solid idea of the lifestyle each selection suggests.

I can think of something else that is pretentious.

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His enthusiasm seemed genuine, but given his general condition, I couldn’t convince myself he wasn’t going to go around the corner and sell the books on the sidewalk.

It’s hard enough to give books away. I would have been suspicious, too.