Critical Linking: July 21, 2012

Paradoxically, then, almost the worst thing that can happen to writers, at least if it’s the quality of their work we’re thinking about, is to receive, immediately, all the money and recognition they want.

I guess it’s lucky then that not too many writers are thus afflicted.


Zola Books is a New York-based start-up that has raised $1.3 million from investors, including well-known authors like Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Josh Bazell, (Beat the Reaper) and Chandler Burr (The Emperor of Scent) and plans to offer independent bookstores an online storefront from which to sell e-books, much like Google Books.

Start-up news can become a steady drone of horizonless promises, but author-backing is something I don’t think I’ve seen before.













This hologram of quotations would be enough to attract me to a Museum of American Writers.


Now that Amazon will be charging sales tax, it can legally set up smaller distribution centres closer to more populous urban areas in states such as New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia. Two new distribution centres planned for California will service the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, dramatically cutting down delivery times.

Next-day delivery is already pretty good. Is same-day delivery that much of a revolution?

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