Critical Linking: June 6th, 2013


California and Texas may have been the states with the most bookstores in 2012, but the state with the most bookstores per capita was Montana.

You could have given me ten guesses and I still would have missed this by a country mile.


As an author with a half century of literary success behind me, I can assure you the only way to make it in this industry is to meet as many publishers as you possibly can and then fuck them.

Funny stuff from The Onion, though why make this by Joyce Carol Oates? Seemed kinda arbitrary.


Months after being apparently retired from Amazon’s e-reader line, the 9.7-inch Kindle DX is back in stock.

So strange. Though some people really love to read on e-ink, so this large format might find a niche. Possibly especially among those who like/need a large font?


Real progress on the digital front would require companies like Apple and Amazon to collaborate to create a consistent format – and for now, they won’t, thanks to a combination of paranoia and proprietary and competitive concerns.

What I wouldn’t give for a file format standard for books like .mp3 is for music.



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