Critical Linking: May 24, 2012

Then the interview covers the do-you-write-with-a-pencil-or-a-typewriter questions. An author interview typically concludes with a series of silly, late-night-talk-show, anecdote-inducing questions that are meant to be funny and make the exchange feel “real.” This type of question works well between David Letterman and Gwyneth Paltrow; less so between an ill prepared interviewer and a first-time author.

I think if you are going to bust on a whole category, you need to give an example. Is that too much to ask?


That Book Place also has shelves and shelves carrying a mixture of new and used books, with price stickers giving the customer a variety of options. You can have a brand-new copy shipped to you the next day, or buy it used, or rent it, or get it as an e-book. If you take out a membership in the store, you can borrow a book for free, or get a copy without the Digital Rights Management (DRM) scheme that limits it to use on a specific kind of device.

Also, this fantasy bookstore will serve free-range, zero-calorie unicorn bacon.


Why do best-sellers rarely survive the “tooth of time”? One theory is that many best-sellers simply weren’t very good or interesting books in the first place; they were empty calories without nutritive value.

Man, I wish I could think of a contemporary example of a hugely successful book that won’t be admired in a couple of decades. Thinking, thinking, thinking.


The physical books sold 450m copies – it’s the largest selling book series of all time and there is still a very healthy run rate of those sales in physical copies, clearly there’s a lot of harry potter readers and fans out there, and a lot with digital readers, devices for reading books.

The Rowling smiles, high atop her giant pile of money.

Sign up for our newsletter and watch your TBR explode.
Another great year in reading is on the books! Get Book Riot's Best Books of 2017 box and treat yourself to rad reads and bookish gifts.