Critical Linking: October 1st, 2013

 

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Although overall online consumption of music decreased during this period, it was still the most consumed content type (35%), along with TV (34%). Video games were the least consumed, at 11% (although this was not significantly lower than computer software or books). 

Not surprising that books are among the least pirated media, but some hard data is good to see.

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Lefebvre added that $1.99 is dead ‘not just for us, but also, it seems, on other platforms,’ pointing out that $0.99 KWL titles sell twice as many copies as those at $1.99, and that ‘$2.99 sells more than four times more.’ About 80 percent of the KWL titles that sell consistently are priced in the $2.99–$5.99 range, and he also pointed to ‘a bit of a lift in the $7.99–$9.99 price range.’”

So weird. What is it about $1.99 that turns people off? 

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Eggers’ “Mae Holland” is hired from university to work as one of the first employees in “Customer Experience” (where I was hired as one of the first employees in Customer Support). Her name eerily echoes mine in its phonetic structure: Katherine Penney Losse/Maebelline Renner Holland & in short form as well: “Kate Losse/Mae Holland.”

This claim that Dave Eggers ripped off someone’s memoir for The Circle is weird. I mean, there are some similarities, but it’s hard to call it plagiarism. In writing a novel about social networks and Silicon Valley, Eggers may well have read this woman’s book, but isn’t that research? Hmmm.

 

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