Critical Linking: The Most Read Posts, February 25 – March 2, 2013

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…



Furthermore, we accepted that you maximized your margins with accounting tricks, by having small suppliers submit invoices, which must then be sent to another EU country, so you can contractually get extreme discounts. We accepted that new publications surface on your own “Marketplace” as remaindered books. And that you exclude damaged books bought on consignment that you have not treated well, removing them from subsequent sale.

Some Germans are piiiiiiiiiiissed at Amazon.


Just as her new novel, “Doc,” was being released in 2011, she got word that her publisher was not interested in any more books from her. She had been with Random House since 1996 and published five novels with the New York house. During that time, she had won an Arthur C. Clarke Award and an American Library Association Readers Choice Award. Entertainment Weekly had chosen “The Sparrow” as one of the 10 best books of year.

But that didn’t matter. Random House was done with her.

Boy, sure makes you rethink trying to write a novel if someone like Mary Doria Russell gets dropped by her publisher.


Physical visits remain strong with an overall 10-year increase of 32.7 percent from FY 2001-FY 2010. On average, Americans visited a public library 5.3 times per year, a ten-year increase of 21.7 percent.

I wonder if revitalization of city-living, particular among young families who would have fled to the suburbs 20 years ago, has played a role in these strong increases.


The first move Barnes & Noble (aka Nook Media) needs to make is to alert app developers that they will be closing their Nook App Store.

It was foolish of them to even create that. They got off the eBook path there and had ambitions beyond their ability to pull them off. They didn’t know when to say No.

The worst thing to do when you aren’t really sure what to do is to try to do everything.


The poem is signed “C Brontë” and dated 14 December 1829. It is written on a small slip of paper 3×3 inches in size and cannot be read easily without a magnifying glass.

And it’s apparently worth more than $60,000.

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