Critical Linking: May 5, 2012

Book publishers should make reading books as addictive and habit-forming as playing Angry Birds, said Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit”

How about just writing good books? If people don’t want to read good books, then it doesn’t really matter how addictive they are. They will be bad, addictive books. And that’s not a win.


“My brother and I came together and said there’s one thing that’s missing: a place for short stories and poems. I could advertise my construction company in that. Originally, we were going to write the short stories ourselves, but that was a tall order. So we opened it up to the writing community, and the response has been remarkable.”

It might sound like the free metro publication in fantasy-land, but this thing exists in Washington DC.


“Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves. But we bought some copies before we realized what it was. We looked at it, because it’s been called ‘mommy porn’ and ‘soft porn.’ We don’t collect porn.”

The article doesn’t make it clear that anyone involved in pulling 50 Shades off the library’s shelves has actually read it. Would be nice to know.


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