Critical Linking: August 5th, 2013

 

Today we’re launching a new Zagat website and mobile app for Android and iPhone that puts the very best restaurants and nightspots right at your fingertips. And for the first time, our trusted Zagat ratings and reviews are available for free with no registration required. 

Very cool. The first book I bought when I moved to New York was a Zagat guide, and I thought it was an unbelievable resource.

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The hidden content of people’s lives proves a very hard thing to discern: all we really have to go on are these outward, manifest signs, the way people speak, move, dress, treat each other. And that’s what I try to concern myself with in fiction: the way of things in reality, as far as I am able to see and interpret them, which may not be especially far. 

Reading fiction, or at least some kinds of fiction, seems to be the act of imagining what it would be like to see the hidden content of people’s lives.

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Now, here’s the big question: Is it legal? That’s a good one. While it’s definitely legal to scan and OCR books yourself, it’s questionable whether a service like this is strictly legal.

It’s absurd that there is even a question about whether it is legal or not to scan books you’ve bought.

 

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