Critical Linking: November 30, 2013

“Some publishers are offering longer terms to pay,” Sindelar explains. “Some offer slightly better discounts, so our cost of goods is a little less.” There are deals for returnability and cooperative money for advertising. “It does make a difference. Absolutely,” Sindelar says.

Industry consultant Mike Shatzkin believes publishers will continue to offer concessions because publishers want retail bookstores to survive. They don’t want Amazon to be the only game in town.

So the local shopping movement isn’t the only reason indies are seeing a resurgence. 

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The Harry Potter Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of fans who use “the power of story to inspire and affect social change,” is launching a campaign inspired by Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy to fight social injustice in the US.

The nonprofit Alliance has created a “The Hunger Games are Real” YouTube video and a social mediacampaign called “The Odds Are in Our Favor” which shares statistics about poverty, hunger, and income inequality in the US with fans. 

Well that’s awesome.

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Films based on author J.R.R. Tolkien’s best-known works, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the novel “The Hobbit,” have been dominating at the box office for more than a decade.

And now a movie will center on the author himself.

The movie will come from Fox Searchlight and writer David Gleeson, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a Tolkien superfan and scholar of sorts about the Middle-earth creator” and who wrote and directed the 2003 film “Cowboys and Angels,” is penning the script.

And let the casting speculation begin!

 

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