Critical Linking

Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, November 26 – December 1, 2012

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

 

Marco is not just a publishing-interested engineer, he’s a subcompact publishing magnate. He lives happily outside of anything resembling the incumbent big-P infrastructure. And from this removed stance he produces podcasts, a magazine, a reading application, and curated reading lists … all using simple tools wrapped in minimal containers.

Marco Arment’s The Magazine is just about the most interesting thing I’ve seen in non-publishing for a couple of years.

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A former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) quietly deleted foreign words from the text and then blamed previous editors, claims Sarah Ogilvy, a lexicographer who once worked at the dictionary.

As lexicographer gossip goes, this is pretty juicy.

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The people who welcome their coming e-book overlords also held steady:
2007: 7% (!)
2008: 11%
2009: 19%
2010: 32%
2011: 47%
2012: 47%

Have people become entrenched in their habits? Could we be seeing a slowdown in the growth of e-books? Or is this an outlier?

That this number is flat from 2011 to 2012 is interesting.

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Someone went so far as to suggest putting a little bookstore in the library, though selling books in the same building where books were free struck me as a bad plan. Surely, I thought, someone would open a bookstore.

My secret was that I did not much miss those mall-size Gargantuas.

The other secret is to be a wildly talented and beloved author with another source of income.

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But now partisans of twitterature have their own official international powwow, thanks to the five-day Twitter Fiction Festival, which began Wednesday under the hashtag #twitterfiction.

Am I the only one that read “twitterature” the wrong way? There has to be a better word.