Critical Linking: May 2, 2012

Fans of eReaders will of course refute this data by claiming that their devices level out with — and could even become “greener” than — print books on a long enough timeline. This claim is indeed theoretically true after five years, and I’ll show you how.

Uhhh….unfortunately, I doubt I will be using my current ereader in two years, let alone five.


The window is closing. Time to embrace the new possibilities, be a bit brave, and get in the mix. Time to do the Kindle better than its maker. Time to be bolder than Apple. Time to form relationships with readers, treat them like customers. Time to make the shift to the digital world. The alternative is dying of thirst within arm’s reach of a well.

I’m not sure the well is within arm’s reach or not, but you have to at least extend your arm to find out.


That’s what happened to the publishing house Chesmeh, which got shut down by Tehran’s meanies in 2011 for publishing Western titles like “My Name Is Red” by the Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk. And in 2010, the authorities said no book that had been published before Ahmadinejad became president in 2005 would be allowed at the fair.

I need to read these stories to be reminded not to take the freedom I have for granted.


“I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing ‘Disco Inferno’ than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.”

Stephen King, ladies and gentlemen.


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