Critical Linking: August 1st, 2013

 

Software developer Jerry Belich is hoping to re-energize the genre with a Kickstarter campaign for the Choosatron, a Wi-Fi enabled and fully hackable story printer that spits out Choose Your Own Adventure style stories on everyday receipts.

I love that ‘-atron’ suffix. It’s what the future sounded like in the 1980s, which is perfect for this.

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Disney made the announcement late Monday, saying that it had decided to move forward with a live-action movie based on the first and second installments of the best-selling children’s book series “Artemis Fowl,” about a 12-year-old boy who is a millionaire, a genius and a criminal mastermind.

Good news for fans. Side note: doesn’t criminal mastermind imply “genius”? Are there non-genius criminal masterminds? Also, are there non-criminal “masterminds”?

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling has accepted a “substantial donation to charity” from the law firm that breached her confidentiality by revealing that she was writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The author brought legal proceedings at London’s High Court against Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells, and a friend of his, Judith Callegari.

This is Rowling’s version of “an offer you can’t refuse.” Do not mess with The Rowling.

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Borders bookstore will be coming back to Singapore by the end of the year. It will be opening in Jurong. Homegrown book retailer Popular Holdings announced Wednesday morning the company acquired the Borders brand for Singapore last year.

I guess if you are trying to start a new bookstore chain, there is some value left in the Borders brand. Maybe.

 

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