Critical Linking for July 1st, 2014

 

50 Signs You’re Addicted to Reading

Fun, silly list. Though #38 hits close to home.

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BookStats estimates that US publishers made more money from online orders and e-books in 2013 ($7.54 billion) than they did from old-fashioned physical retail ($7.12 billion). While the difference isn’t huge, it suggests that a large chunk of the American population is content with buying books that it hasn’t seen in person.

The $64,000 question is what is the baseline percentage of books that will be bought in person? Are we getting close? Or is it somewhere just above 0%?

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Here’s some good news to start the week: The school board in Grants Pass, Oregon has approved Sherman Alexie’sAbsolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for use in 10th-grade English classes after it was initially rejected by the district’s curriculum council. Each board member read the entire book, and all but one “found the subject matter not nearly as objectionable as they had been led to believe.”

Gee, it seems that you have a better idea about whether or not to ban a book when you’ve actually read it.

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