Critical Linking: May 4, 2012

A new public service is emerging online: authors and readers who are sifting through the morass of self-published books out there to find the quality titles amid the dross.

The image I have here is of people looking through garbage cans for glass bottles.

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“ ‘Fifty Shames,’ “ he said, “paid more than my first two books that took several years to write. It’s just kind of mind-boggling to me.”

If you can’t beat ’em, parody ’em.

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Expert ratings are correlated with Amazon ratings, suggesting that experts and consumers tend to agree in aggregate about the quality of a book. However, there are systematic differences between these sets of reviews.

That sound you hear is Ron Charles smashing his computer with a bacon-hammer.

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Why do so many people say they’ve always dreamed of owning a bookstore?

Maybe I am under-thinking it, but isn’t it that book nerds would love to spend their days surrounded by books?

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