Critical Linking: January 7th, 2012

The price gap for many tablets has also narrowed, making them even more attractive to consumers. Google, for instance, sells a version of its Nexus 7 tablet for just $199, and Amazon now offers a $159 model of its Fire device, which is $20 less than the most expensive Kindle e-reader and $40 more than the priciest Nook. And the arrival of the iPad Mini recently brought the entry price of Apple tablets to $329, down from $499 at the original iPad size.

Unless you insist on e-ink, there is really very little reason to even consider a dedicated ereader over a tablet at this point.


After he turns 60, Quentin Tarantino will stop making films and turn to writing, he told NPR’s Terry Gross on Wednesday on the program Fresh Air. In addition to screenplays and books, Tarantino specifically noted he planned to write book reviews.

“Something stopped me in school a little bit. Anything that I’m not interested in, I can’t even feign interest.”


if the audience doesn’t rise to the occasion and offer up a few questions/paranoid manifestoes for the author to respond to, fuck them, they’ve had their chance. Don’t let the poor author just stand there listening to crickets—shut it down and get him or her the hell off the stage.

God, yes. THE WORST.


The Retail segment, which consists of the Barnes & Noble bookstores and businesses, had revenues of $1.2 billion, decreasing 10.9% over the prior year.

Hang in there, B&N. Please.

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