Critical Linking

Critical Linking for February 7th, 2013

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


While the iBookstore has always accepted self-published works, the new iBookstore category gives publishers and authors a new platform for marketing and promoting their books and highlights both the growing sales of self-published titles and the increasing significance of the category.

Someone needs to compete with Amazon as a serious alternative for self-publishing distribution. Apple is game, apparently.


People are frequently surprised (or bothered) that I’m not opposed to publishers selling direct to customers. Here’s some of, why: I understand the reality that everyone in this business is trying to do what they need to do to keep it going.

Level-headed talk here. It might be different if publishers were rolling around in cash, but everyone can see they are just trying to keep the boat afloat.


If comics are any kind of art at all, it’s the art of ordinary people.

Most of the art ever created is the art of ordinary people, but for some reason we feel the need to stipulate it when talking about comics, or knitting, or pop music, or woodworking. It’s the art of the “elite” that is the exception.

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