Critical Linking: The World’s Coolest Bookstores

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Bookstores seem to be dying faster than it takes to download the complete works of Shakespeare these days, so when one comes back from the grave it’s a cause for celebration.

Some of these “world’s coolest bookstores” are new ones to me.


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The group designed posters for art programs as well as for public parks, and organizations devoted to health and education. The posters were first made by hand before moving to the silkscreen process, which allowed for a greater volume to be printed. From 1936 to 1943, over two million posters were printed. The lion’s share of the Work Project Administration poster trove is held at the Library of Congress. 

Below, we’ve gathered some of the most striking and thought-provoking posters created for libraries in the late 1930s and early 1940s. 

I wish we could have awesome library-centric posters like this again.


The UK’s second most popular independently published author is Tracy Bloom, whose No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday follows the fallout when childhood sweethearts have a one-night stand after a school reunion, with Nick Alexander, author of the Fifty Reasons series, third. In total, said Amazon, six self-published writers are in its top 100 Kindle authors of all time, based on UK sales.

Amazon also unveiled its top-selling Kindle books in the UK, with the list topped by James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The remaining two titles in James’ erotic trilogy also make the top 10, as does Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl, Jonas Jonasson’s translated literary hit The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, and Martel’s Life of Pi.

An interesting look at the top-selling Kindle titles in the UK.

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