Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories April 1st – 5th, 2013

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


“This Fortune 500 company, operator of 689 retail bookstores and a very active website, is a major supplier of adult pornography and child erotica.”

You think B & N would be in better shape if more people knew it was one of the “dirty dozen?


Cormac McCarthy? “Horrible,” he says, looking at Blood Meridian. “This is probably the most pulpy, overwrought, melodramatic cowboy vs. Indians story ever written.”

If I gave you 100 guesses who said this, you still wouldn’t believe it.


Kobo says that 460 stores have signed up for the program and that it plans to have 1,000 signed up by the end of the year. That’s much more than Google ever had and it’s a vote of confidence in the industry for the strategy: sell the e-reader, sell the ebooks.

And I bet Kobo won’t give up in a couple of years, just when everyone’s gotten used to them.

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