Critical Linking: September 5th, 2013


With Goodreads on Kindle, you’ll be able to

  • see what your Goodreads friend are reading,
  • share highlights to Goodreads from inside the book
  • rate books
  • see your want-to-read, currently-reading, and read shelves
  • add your Amazon book purchases to your Goodreads shelves, all without putting down your Kindle.

Seems to me that this will be great for heavy Goodreads users who have Kindles. And maybe move some people from Kindle to Goodreads and vice versa.


The wonderful wordplay of Dr Seuss will be appearing electronically after Random House Children’s Books announced that 41 of his books will come out as e-books, starting on September 24.

Among the first group will be his classics The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, followed by additional publications in October and November.

Now we can all sentimentally give high school grads digital copies of Oh, The Places You’ll Go


Fifty years ago, editors just picked the books and the sales department had to sell them. Thirty years ago, editors picked the books, but checked in with the sales departments about what they thought about them first. Ten years from now, marketing departments (or the marketing “function”) will be telling editors that the audiences the house can touch need or want a book on this subject or filling that need. Osprey and some other vertical publishers are already anticipating this notion by making editorial decisions in consultation with their online audiences.

Only in publishing does giving people what they want seem heretical.


When Franco finally took the stage at the Comedy Central roast last night, he poked fun at himself (and, consequently, his brand) by saying, “The joke’s on all of you. This is not a roast. This is my greatest most elaborate art installation ever. I’m not the real guest of honor, these aren’t real comedians and we’re not even on a real network. What you’ve seen tonight was my brilliant opus to sequester an artistic visionary and subject him to the mindless incoherent trashings of talentless abnormalities. I call it Genius Unscathed and this is my masterpiece.”

Back on the James Franco bandwagon over here.


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