Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, June 10-15, 2013

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



Self-published titles make up 12% of all e-book sales, according to new findings from Bowker Market Research.

So if self-published titles are 12% of ebooks, and ebook are 20% of the overall book market, that means self-pubbed ebooks are just about 2% of all book sales. Maybe we can just calm down a little then.


Sales of George Orwell’s “1984″ are up 69 percent on Amazon, according to a list on the website. The book marked its 60th anniversary on June 6 amid a flurry of real-world news stories on secret government surveillance.

Maybe the time to read 1984 was maybe before all this stuff, eh?


According to a recent New York Post article, one parent is upset after students at York Prep in Manhattan were asked to write suicide notes from the perspective of a suicidal character in the book The Secret Life Of Bees. The assignment, which was given to ninth-grade students, asked them to justify –- from the perspective of character May Boatwright -– why they wanted to commit suicide.

I’m really surprised this went sideways.


Lissak said about 30,000 non-fiction books made it on the list to possibly be weeded out, but she does not know how many titles were actually taken off of the shelves for good. 

A tale of book weeding gone awry.



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