Critical Linking for December 3rd, 2015

Announcing the winners of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year!

Always interesting to see what the Goodreads community picks as the best books of the year, even though Goodreads is so big now that it has sort of become just the “most read books of the year.”

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In Jan. 2016, for the first time since the end of World War II, Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) is going to be republished in Germany. The government-funded Institute of Contemporary History in Munich (IfZ) will print up to 4,000 copies of an annotated version of the text, which includes more than 3,000 scholarly notes.

If they are going to do it, this seems like the responsible way.

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Ever-larger retailers and wholesalers bring significant margin pressure, which will lead to continued conglomeration. Social media will continue to expand the writer’s ability to connect with readers; publishers will deepen their relationships with writers, but they’ll also create content of their own. As runaway books sell ever-larger numbers, publishers will earn more on their biggest sellers—which will keep driving up the advances they pay for potential hits.

The CEO of Hachette thinks books, and the publishing industry, are going to be just fine.

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