Critical Linking: July 29th, 2013


Hannibal Lecter, the cannibal in the novel “The Silence of the Lambs,” was inspired by a doctor at a Mexican prison, author Thomas Harris said, according to the Times newspaper.

This makes it scarier.


Most of the prisoners who write us weren’t wrongfully convicted. They very well might deserve the sentences received but the ones who write us have nothing, no family or friends for support, no money, no options. We are their last resort, and whatever they did, they are serving their time. We can afford them basic human kindness and maybe a chance to learn, and so every Wednesday, cold, tired and hungry (except when I am hot), I send books to prisoners.

Well done.


The changes appear largely to be in response to an campaign launched this week to be 10% lower than Amazon’s on “the roughly 360,000 books sold on both and,” according to Internet Retailer. Overstock has said the anti-Amazon campaign will last indefinitely although its site says “one week only.”

Someone is taking shots at Amazon by going lower in price. Good luck with that.


Nielsen reports that they have it on good authority that fiction eBook sales will overtake print by 2014. According to theirUnderstanding the eBook Consumer July Report, Nielsen estimates that for next year, eBook sales of fiction will amount to 47 million units, some 300,000 ahead of the paperback figure and 48% of total fiction sales. However, it is very interesting to note that tangible books may actually make more money.

Powered largely by genre, I would think.


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