Critical Linking: December 15, 2013

Indie-music kingmaker Pitchfork.com, which has spent 17 years publishing on the Web, just launched a quarterly print edition. The Los Angeles Review of Books, which began on Tumblr in 2011, recently celebrated the release of the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, while intellectual online journal the New Inquiry is planning a print anthology. This fall, the feminist site Jezebel, an arm of the Gawker Media empire, published “The Book of Jezebel” — an “illustrated encyclopedia of lady things” — and teen girl website Rookie published its second “Rookie Yearbook.”

Publishing very pretty and collectable print things aimed at your specific audience =/= a reversal of the print-to-digital trend.

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Michael Cader of Publishers Lunch has made life a bit easier for book lovers, at least. His site, Publishers Marketplace, recently released its annual “Best of the Best of” list, which aggregates all the major best books lists and awards and creates a master cheat sheet of the most frequently selected titles. Though the final ranking won’t land until January, Mr. Cader has posted a pretty hefty preliminary lineup that draws from 35 lists from magazines, newspapers and booksellers. 

Well that’s handy.

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The British Library has uploaded one million public domain scansfrom 17th-19th century books to Flickr! They’re embarking on an ambitious programme to crowdsource novel uses and navigation tools for the huge corpus. Already, the manifest of image descriptions is available through Github. This is a remarkable, public spirited, archival project, and the British Library is to be loudly applauded for it!

*loudly applauds*

 

 

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