Critical Linking: April 17, 2012


“As she will explain, she appears here in role as Toni Morrison, as distinct from Chloe Wofford, her birth name and real self.”

I would ask her approximately 10000 questions about this alone.


We find that customer reviews tend to be very positive at both sites and that they are more detailed at Amazon. We find that an improvement in a book’s reviews leads to an increase in relative sales at that site, and the (negative) impact of 1-star reviews is greater than the (positive) impact of 5-star reviews.

Easier to sink a boat than to sail it, as they say.


“I can now only weakly say this: if the situation ever arose when Alfred A. Knopf was the only publishing house remaining in the world and I was the sole remaining author, that would mark the end of the world of books.”

You can’t beat a letter from a scorned author to the house that scorned him—-after he made his mark.


“And if things start to suck for writers, other solutions will slide into the gaps — new competitors, new services, or authors who sell their work DRM-free and direct to the readers.”

As some guy once said…the play is the thing. All else is merely the stage.


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