Critical Linking: December 10th, 2013



Too much.


Nearly 70 percent of consumers feel it is unlikely that they’ll give up on printed books by 2016, according to a new report from Ricoh and analyst firm IT Strategies with the University of Colorado at Boulder. The main reasons for preferring print are that these consumers like the look and feel of a real book, they don’t have to strain their eyes to read print and they like putting books on the bookshelf.

Kind of a strange timeframe isn’t it? Why 2016?


While Canada saw the largest percent increase for most weeks it is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States that saw the biggest spike in units sold, increasing from slightly less than 3,000 units to over 32,600 units in the week ending November 2.

A lot of fascinating information in this study of the effect of the Nobel Prize win on Alice Munro’s book sales. Perhaps the most startling? In the weeks leading up to the win, Munro only sold about 90 copies a week in her home country of Canada.


Among this year’s conflicts, presented here in rough chronological order, a few themes emerge: clashes over the function of online literary criticism, questions about gender and literature, and struggles over who controls an artist’s legacy and fortune.

The more things change….actually they don’t seem to change. At least not with this stuff.

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