Critical Linking: June 4th, 2013

Country music legend Dolly Parton has delivered nearly 50 million free books to children’s homes. Called Imagination Library, the program started in 1996 in one one rural Tennessee county and has spread to 1,400 communities across the United States, England and Canada.

We have some of these in our house right now. Unbelievable program.

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Prices of the rarest books are rising as the Internet drives the trade off dusty shelves and into the digital age, a leading expert said this weekend.

Supply has stayed the same, but the internet has tapped into a larger pool of demand. Good for you if you have a stash of first editions squirrelled away somewhere

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Evoke is a platform that seeks to connect readers with new characters by making these emotional connections more salient. For the first time, books and the characters that inhabit them may be browsed based on the emotions they engender. Readers may determine if they wish to be inspired, challenged, amused, or informed during their next read based on content generated by an audience-in-common.

Evoke won the publishing hackathon. I’m guessing there’s not going to be a section on “unlikeable” characters…

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