Critical Linking: January 25, 2014

“I love your work, Jonathan,” she told Franzen, “but in a way you are smeared by English-American literature.… I think certain American literature is overrated, massively overrated, and I really hate to read them.”

I’d love to see Franzen’s response to this.

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Drawing on its massive store of customer data, Amazon plans on shipping you items it thinks you’ll like before you click the purchase button. The company today gained a new patent for “anticipatory shipping,” a system that allows Amazon to send items to shipping hubs in areas where it believes said item will sell well. This new scheme will potentially cut delivery times down, and put the online vendor ahead of its real-world counterparts.

New move in the fight against Target/Barnes and Noble?

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Digital book distribution company OverDrive will discontinue the sale of audiobooks to libraries in the WMA format, and will only sell MP3 files.

This is a big deal because OverDrive is the largest audiobook distributor in the U.S. and it essentially means that most audiobooks in libraries going forward will be in a DRM-free format.

Hey-o!

 

 

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