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.


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!


“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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