Critical Linking: October 16th, 2014


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the spin-off trilogy set in the Harry Potter universe, will be released individually in 2016, 2018, and 2020, according to a tweet from Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara is quoted as saying the project will be “at least a trilogy,” leaving room for further films in the franchise after 2020.

Get ready for a Harry Potter universe of movies not unlike Marvel’s universe of movies. For better or worse.


The National Book Awards shortlists — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature — were announced Wednesday on Morning Edition by Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and former president of the American Booksellers Association. Read more about each of the finalists below.

Seems like a pretty good set of shortlists.


Now, McSweeney’s is officially becoming what it has unofficially been for years: a nonprofit in the mold of small, independent nonprofit publishers like Graywolf Press, Heyday Books and Copper Canyon, Mr. Eggers said on Thursday.

Probably a smart move for McSweeney’s. Probably not a great sign for publishing.


According to the survey, ebook sales made up 23% of unit sales for the first six months of this year, while hardcover’s accounted for 25% and paperbacks 42% of sales. So not only did overall print book sales outsell ebooks, both hardcovers and paperbacks outsold e-books as well.

This data, like much similar data we’ve seen recently, suggest that ebooks will be a major part of the future, just maybe not THE future.


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