Critical Linking: March 8, 2014

Author Anne Rice and others have signed a petition created by a Change.org user named Todd Barselow which urges Amazon to require identity verification for commenters. The petition focuses particularly on book reviews.

Errr, well, a lot of people depend on anonymity to protect *themselves* from bullying.

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Campbell posted a video on his Kickstarter page called, “It’s Over” which documents the burning of 127 copies of his book. “For every message I receive about this book, I will burn another book,” explains the video. Campbell apparently received 127 inquiries from backers looking for their copies of the book.

I guess an email notification wasn’t a good option?

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Second, the books we share come in to you small installments that can be read in the small breaks you get throughout your day — whether on a commute or waiting on line at the supermarket. A 500-page novel may seem daunting to dig into when tackled head-on, but when broken into 15-minute segments, it seems a lot easier.

Third, we push the installments to you at a schedule which is convenient to you: whether it’s every day before work or on weekend evenings.

Seems like this would be a thing people who feel like they “should” be reading more would be into?

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Yesterday when the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books unveiled its list of authors scheduled to appear at this year’s event April 12-13, independent booksellers in the area were shocked to see “buy” buttons next to the author names that click through to Amazon. Although the e-tailer is not listed as a LATFOB sponsor or exhibitor, the Festival has quietly become an Amazon affiliate, earning a commission on book sales by the e-tailer originating from its website.

What people never discuss in these conflicts is that (if money does talk) lots of *readers* are pretty down with Amazon, even if booksellers aren’t.

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