Critical Linking: April 9th, 2013


“I feel because we started writing novels really before men on the whole, they don’t want us to even be good at that.”

Is it sexist to dispute the factuality of the first part of that sentence?


When it comes to book recommendations, retailers have the literary sensibilities of a spreadsheet — they’ll just recommend the most popular books to me, or books that other people also bought, but they know nothing of the soul and sparkle of a great book. I hope this changes over time.

“The soul of a spreadsheet.” That is too good.


Among stores surveyed by DBW, Books, Inc., in the Bay Area, has sold 300-400 e-books as well as 200 e-readers at its dozen stores; Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, Mass. has sold “a couple hundred” e-books; Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y., has sold about 100. At the bottom of the range is Alexander Book Co., San Francisco, which has sold no e-books (despite selling more than a dozen e-readers).

Gah. A 5% margin on 500 ebooks is probably only around 250-300 bucks.



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