Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, May 27 – June 1, 2012

 

There is an entire cottage industry built upon writers churning out articles and guides and essays about the benefits and how-to’s of self-publishing. Notice, nearly all of those articles include links to the books they’ve self-published.

There are many echo-chambers on the web, but it does seem like self-publishing’s reverberates particularly strongly.

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But in a nod to the millions of readers who have abandoned print books for e-books, Ms. Winfrey has updated the club with digital and social-media elements. The e-book versions of the selected book, for instance, will include margin notes from Ms. Winfrey highlighting her favorite passages.

Congratulations, publishing industry. The Oprah Lottery is back!

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“I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.”

Translation: Screw you, modernity.

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