CRITICAL LINKING: October 17, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.


“If I buy a book in a store secure in the knowledge that I can also read it with an e-ink device or a tablet if I wish, I won’t hesitate to buy that book. Which means that I won’t hesitate to go into a bookstore. Which means I won’t start thinking how print books are becoming irrelevant. Which means the future of books is eclectic and diverse, not zero-sum.”

Too damn right. Do not make us choose between a print book and an ebook. Make your products easy to buy.


“…he told me that today’s high quality book and author are being killed by three forces: Google, Amazon, and the consumer.”

And really, the first two murderers are just henchmen of the third.


“To display a list of New York Times best sellers for the week of your birth enter your date of birth and press Show me the List.”

Holy heck. The Thornbirds was insanely popular in the late 1970s.


“Thanks to Library Thing, you can now explore the [Occupy Wall Street] library online and watch it grow.”

So that proves it. There really is no escaping Tuesdays with Morrie.


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