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Critical Linking: December 4, 2012

 

With this in mind, for a ninth year, some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers will look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era.

The Millions kicks off its excellent Year in Reading annual event

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Ebook growth continued to slow slightly across the book trade in August as children’s ebooks retreated from an early year surge that saw the segment up in triple digits. Children’s ebook sales only grew by about 50% in August; ebooks sales for adult trade books was up 34%, according to the latest numbers from the Association of American Publishers.

Growth might be slowing in percentages, but it is still growing and growing.

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“From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term.”

Actually, The Daily was innovative in exactly one way: it was iPad only. Every other thing (subscription model, pricing, voice) was all too familiar.

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And now, where are we? On this day after the feast, new fiction might be no longer in its pomp, but it is far from dead. Indeed, from some points of view, it seems to be in excellent good health. Novels in all genres are selling as well as ever. Rumours of fiction’s demise are surely exaggerated. Right now, at the end of the autumn book season, narrative is booming, and storytelling is on a roll.

The king is dead. Long live the king.