Critical Linking: November 28th, 2013


The world’s most valuable book sold Tuesday for $14.16 million at Sotheby’s in New York, according to the auction house. The rare Bay Psalm Book is the first book ever written and printed in what is now the United States. Its sale set a record for a book sold at auction, Sotheby’s said.

Cool that the plan is for it go into long-term loan at a library. That “philanthropist” gig sounds fun.


Three unpublished stories from reclusive U.S. author J.D. Salinger have been leaked online, with the source apparently an unauthorized book that sold on eBay, Internet news source BuzzFeed reported on Thursday.

Not unknown stories (they were available in a couple of academic libraries), but the eBay to file-sharing to Reddit chain as reported by BuzzFeed is a sign of the world we live in.


Sales for the third quarter ended November 2 at Books-A-Million fell 3.5%, to $100.4 million, and its net loss deepened to $7.1 million, from $2.8 million in the third period of 2012. Same store sales fell 8.5%. The results were an improvement over the second quarter when total sales declined 8.6% and comps dropped 12%.

Most focus on Barnes and Noble, but Books-a-Million is doing much worse. 


Author R.L. Stine is returning to the evil street that made him famous in the 1990s, and fans are looking forward to the new ways he’ll terrorize Shadyside High School teenagers on “Fear Street.”

Is R.L. Stine one of those authors people follow post-adolescence? I guess we’ll find out.



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