Critical Linking: August 13, 2012

 

1. Be financially sustainable.

Is it just me, or is it a bad sign when the number one idea for saving bookstores is so….obvious?

____________________________

Apple Inc. is considering funding a prize for women’s fiction in the U.K. after mobile-phone operator Orange withdrew its sponsorship in May…

With more than 100 billion in cash sitting around, this seems like a pretty good place to drop some of it.

____________________________

But literary tomb-robbing is no fit occupation for anyone, talented or not. It’s not unethical. It’s just that no good ever comes of it.

Except for say Hamlet, The Iliad, Wide Sargasso Sea, and virtually every superhero comic book that’s ever been written.

____________________________

The Chinese immigrants in Flushing, Queens, devour books with titles like “Romantic Flower” and “The Heart With a Million Knots.” The Russian women in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, clamor for a diet guide advocating plenty of meat. In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a bookseller cannot keep a tell-all by the wife of an adored Polish politician on the shelves.

It’s not all 50 Shades all the time, everywhere.

Sign up to Today In Books to receive daily news and miscellany from the world of books
Book Riot is sponsored by Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony. Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable  story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together. Go here to learn more, or just click the image below:
VIEW COMMENTS