Critical Linking: July 19th, 2013


Beachgoers in Dorset were surprised to come across the latter on Monday—as a skull the size of a London bus suddenly appeared on Charmouth beach, part of Dorset’s Jurassic coast, famous for its dinosaur fossils. Alas, it’s not a real dragon skull—it’s an ad from movie and TV streaming service BlinkBox, which is celebrating the arrival this week of the third season of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones on its site.

I’d make some sort of Game of Thrones joke here, but I don’t know the books or the show. But….GIANT DRAGON SKULL, AMIRITE?


In a statement the firm said: “We, Russells Solicitors, apologise unreservedly for the disclosure caused by one of our partners, Chris Gossage, in revealing to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari, during a private conversation that the true identity of Robert Galbraith was in fact J K Rowling. 

Loose lips sink ships….and sell books in certain circumstances.


Books-A-Million is getting in the print-on-demand business with the Espresso Book Machine from On Demand Books. One EBM is slated to go into its Portland, Maine store; a second will be added to a location that is still to be announced.

Next, I want someone to put one of these things in a coffee shop. 


“For decades, our goal was to seduce our customers,” company CEO Joe Fox told reporters while standing outside his houseboat. “Seduce them with our square footage, our discounts, our deep armchairs, and our cappuccinos. But brick-and-mortar bookstores are becoming a thing of the past, and our lack of capital resources has forced Fox Books to petition for reorganization relief under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.”




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