Critical Linking: February 6th, 2014

 

What speed do you read? Compare your reading speed to the national average.

This reading speed test has been around for awhile, but it’s been making the rounds again. Still interesting.

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“Digital books and the availability of inexpensive used books has changed the business model for lots of used bookshops and the lower end of the market, but the higher end hasn’t been affected,” Whitmore explains. “If someone’s looking to buy a presentation copy of a Hemingway book or Fitzgerald and spend $20,000 or $50,000 on it, that book’s not competing with digital media.”

It makes sense that as physical books become somewhat less common that the truly remarkable print books will be even more valued.

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There were 79 degree-granting programs in creative writing in 1975; today, there are 1,269!

Just think how many fewer “MFAs are the worst” articles there were back in 1975.

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Dutch research firm GfK. has stated that 10% of digital books in the Netherlands are actually paid for. The bulk of the content out there is pirated from file sharing websites or Bit-torrent. “On average, a Dutch e-reader contains 117 e-books, 11 of which are paid for,” says Algemeen Dagblad.

Holy mackerel. 90% are pirated!?! Bad job, the Netherlands.

 

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