Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, September 21-28th, 2013


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


The free app, published by RRKidz, features more than 300 books, and 50 video field trips as well as classic clips from the TV show aimed at kids aged 3-9. According to iTunes, users have accessed more than 3 million books and video field trips in less than a year since launch.

Awww….Reading Rainbow lives….as an app!


His works are an integral part of our literary canon, but a third of British people were unable to name Charles Dickens as the author of Great Expectations in a new survey.Thirty-one per cent of adults were clueless as to the authorship of the Victorian classic, while one in six were unable to identify William Shakespeare as the writer of Hamlet.

I shudder to think of the stats if this were done in America.


The uptick in literary reading rates that occurred between 2002 and 2008 has been reversed.

Booooooooooo. (Here are the full results)


“Staffing is the trickiest part,” says Ray, who had to get an alcohol-awareness license. “All of our booksellers are bartenders.”

Many of them were likely already bartenders. They’ve just made the jump from amateur to pro.  


After years of steep decline, independent bookstores have turned the corner — to a point. Sales grew 8% in 2012 and are on track for similar gains this year, according to the American Booksellers Association. The uptick is welcome news for the industry, which has been in turmoil throughout recent memory.

Good. Maybe we’ve hit the bottom, at least for now, of the erosion if independent bookselling?



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