Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, April 7- 13, 2012

The most read stories from the week in Critical Linking….


Authors who sign up will be encouraged to use social media to promote their work, and will receive $1 for every audiobook sold from, or iTunes, on top of their royalties.

“Nothing gets attention like saying ‘we will top up your per sale income’,” said Atwood. “That’s not to be sneezed at.”

Wicked smart idea.


Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Alright folks. Here. We. Go.


“All this to say: our collective memory of past is astoundingly inaccurate. Not only has the number of people reading not declined precipitously, it’s actually gone up since the perceived golden age of American letters.”

No bar graph has any right to make me as happy as this one did.


That silence cuts both ways. A gift from Amazon is considered the devil’s kiss in many corners of the publishing world, and many grantees are in no rush to blow a ram’s horn announcing their acceptance of money, either. (Many grant recipients interviewed for this story didn’t want to say anything negative or positive about Amazon, concerned either with offending Amazon on one hand, or betraying the anti-Amazon indie ethos on the other.)

It’s like having your cake and eating it too. Except you have to hold the cake in your mouth until it chokes you.



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