Critical Linking: March 19th, 2013


Ideally a bookshop needs a certain tattiness, a lived-in, homely quality, with nooks and crannies to get lost in. Great bookshops are like a wardrobe to Narnia, making browsers lose their bearings, as in Charlie Byrne’s, in Galway, or Strand Bookstore, in Manhattan, with its almost 30km of new, used and rare books.

I used to agree with this, but as I have less time these days to get lost in a bookstore, I want something well-curated and well-organized (preferably serving coffee and a place to sit).


PW surveyed six journals, ranging from well established, longstanding publications like The Paris Review to small, online-only poetry publications like Octopus, and found lots of excitement about what digital publishing can do for these journals.

Seems late in the game to notice that the web has led to a range of new literary projects. Ahem.


When the school buys them, they don’t get a physical object that can be easily shared and reused; and, on the other hand, that needs to be stored and accounted for physically and maintained. What they do get is this new kind of thing that they need to manage (pieces of software) across another new kind of thing (hundreds or thousands of devices).

I would guess thatebooks, in the long run, will be better for schools, but it’s going to be a little painful in the near-term.


In the U.S., e-retailers accounted for 44 percent of book purchases by volume in 2012, up from 25 percent in 2010.

If the trend continues, more than half of all book purchases will be digital in 2013.

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