Critical Linking: May 12, 2012

“I read 80% of my books on my tablet. I own all of the devices, but the one I enjoy most is reading on my iPad, except if I’m outside.

– Ellen Archer, CEO of Hyperion, January 4, 2012

Fascinating to see which devices publishing movers and shakers are using. More iPads among them than the general reading population it seems.


There was a time when I actually believed, because I was an ass, that as a critic I was an avenging angel with a flaming sword, and that part of my job was to help rid the culture of books that were sucking up more of the literary oxygen than they deserved.

Unfortunately, the people who need to hear this are too busy pouring lava on their flame-swords to listen.


While many want to lament the future of the book, it’s important to realize the future is very bright. Books will, however, look significantly different in the near future, and they will look very little like they ever have in the past.

Songs to stone tablets to papyrus to paper to….annotated conversations?

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