Critical Linking: January 31, 2015

Another year of waiting for The Winds of Winter to blow is in store for fans of George RR Martin, as his publisher confirmed there are no plans for the much-anticipated latest volume from his A Song of Ice and Fire series to appear in 2015.

Whomp whomp.

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With little fanfare, Target has ended the two plus year old deal with Barnes & Noble to carry Nook hardware in stores.

Another one bites the dust (a little harder).

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The move shows Simon & Schuster doubling down on forms of multimedia that books now compete with in an increasingly mobile-driven landscape. Earlier this month, Simon & Schuster announced a series of paid online video courses called SimonSays, featuring tutorials led by some of the publisher’s best-known authors. The new imprint appears to take that approach one step further, positioning such multimedia as a regular part of authors’ content offerings, not just marketing material surrounding their books.

Multimedia content instead of marketing material for books? I’ll be keeping an eye on this.
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