Critical Linking: October 20, 2012

What Humble Bundle has believed since their launch in 2010 is if you simply treat the customer with respect, then they will reciprocate in kind. It was a risk for sure, but a risk everyone involved felt was worth taking. 

They’ve made more than $970,00 on this e-book bundle, using a pay-what-you-will model. I’d say it was worth it.


Evans’ latest book details her life as a Christian wife and her attempts to adhere to the teachings of the Bible in as literal a way as possible. In the book, Evans outlines the details of her experiment, from making her own clothes and abstaining from gossip to remaining silent during church services and even pitching and living in a tent in her yard during her menstrual period. 

I’m actually kinda shocked that she had the nerve to use the word “vagina” at all.


Professionally insightful, ethically-driven, book mad, passionate, commercially astute and informed — such things are not merely the corporate context of older houses, these are the necessary, financially critical components of the new small houses, too. Many of the new houses have refugees from elsewhere in the industry, now that the cost of entry has altered and the key relationships no longer need the increasingly demanding weight of a full London overhead. Small is good. In fact, small is often perfect.

It is always nice to see small presses get recognition.


…the project takes its name from the protagonist of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, a character who himself becomes “unstuck in time.” And like awesome librarian Doctors Who—with time all great big, wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, and stuff—BPTL founders aim to have their library “leap through time and space to connect the very best elements of bookmobiles with current needs.” They also firmly believe, as time-traveling librarians must and as they told me in a recent interview, that “books, movies, and music…unstick us in time.”

Houston has a ton of great food trucks. There are even mobile boutiques. A book mobile would make a perfect addition!


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