Critical Linking: February 2nd, 2014

 

“For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron,” Rowling says in an interview with Wonderland magazine, previewed by the Sunday Times and due out next Friday.

“I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility.

She goes on to say that Hermione should have ended up with Harry. Huh. Anyone else think that neither of these two guys are really a match for Hermione?

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A vigorous competition to host the library is already underway. Hawaii, where Obama was born, and Illinois, his longtime home, have been lobbying the Obamas both publicly and privately. New York, where Obama went to college, also has expressed interest.

It has to be Chicago, right?

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Brooklyn Public Library’s collection is shrinking because of unreturned books. According to a report in The Daily News, the library systems counted 70,144 books unreturned books in 2012 across the system’s 60 branches. This was up from 61,543 books that weren’t returned in 2011

And since 2009, the collection is down almost 1 million titles.

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Recently, Audible.com brokered a deal with the W F Howes signed author David Hewson,  to publish his latest book, Flood, well ahead of its print or eBook release. This is part of a growing movement to put the emphasis on the audio format.

Audiobook purchases are growing much faster than the book business at large. And if you are an audiobook person, you know that prices are much higher than for print or ebook.

 

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