Critical Linking: December 4th, 2013

 

Announcing the winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers.

Just me or the the fiction winner a bit of a surprise. A name author, but the book itself has seemed pretty quiet. Perhaps further proof that what the literary world is talking about and what readers care about are often strikingly different.

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Quebec announced on Monday that the province intends to introduce legislation to limit the discount of new print and digital books to 10 per cent.

“I am proud to announce that the government is going ahead with this measure will protect the identity and culture of Quebec,” Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications, said in a statement.

Apparently, cheap books are the Visigoths of culture.

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“I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later. Everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well. That is my idea, but the fans and the studio [Universal Pictures] will benefit from the double dip,” Brunetti told Collider.

I’m really not looking forward to this. Not the hype, not the inevitable controversy, not anything anything at all. 

 

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