CRITICAL LINKING: November 22, 2011

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


“There have certainly been extensively researched books on single libraries before, but no previous project includes a database that supplies, to ordinary casual Web visitors, this kind of in-depth history about a library’s acquisitions and patrons.”

I don’t know why the reading habits of folks in Indiana more than 120 years ago are interesting, but, dang it, they really are.


“Believe it or not, the 2012 Tournament of Books is almost here.”

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! (My three suggestions: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, The Curfew by Jesse Ball, and West of Here by Jonathan Evison)


“As far as the storytelling experience goes, e-books fall far short in one area: the page turn—which is crucial to the pacing of a children’s story.”

There should be a word for the extended pronunciation of a word that parents do as they flip the page.


“During the reading period our panel communicated by email, conference calls and by an online, secure spreadsheet. After reading a book we logged on, gave each title a numerical rating along with a mini-review: strengths, weakness, great bits, serious fails.”

I would pay good money for this spreadsheet.


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