Critical Linking: April 27th, 2014

 

AbeBooks.co.uk recently asked 555 of its customers to name the funniest book they had ever read. Right Ho, JeevesCatch-22 and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were the top three. Eight of the top 10 authors were British but Americans Heller and John Kennedy Toole also featured prominently.

Even British people find British people funnier than Americans. But nary a Canadian…

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Good news for book lovers in Beijing: the city’s first 24-hour bookstore, to be a cultural landmark, has been launched by the Sanlian Bookstore. Owned by the China Publishing Group Corporation, Sanlian is a major bookstore in the country. It has started its trial run, and the news has been warmly received by the public.

Wait, 24-hour bookstores are a thing? Are there others?

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As expected, sales for the Pulitzer Prize fiction winner, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, spiked in the week following the announcement of the prize. According to Nielsen BookScan, the book sold 15,079 copies last week, compared to 7,095 the week before the Pulitzer win, good for a 113% increase.The Goldfinch has sold over 407,000 copies to date on BookScan. Publisher Little, Brown reported that totalGoldfinch sales–print and digital combined–are nearing 1.5 million and that it has gone back to press for another 150,000 copies.

The Goldfinch has sold prrrrrrrrety well.

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