Critical Linking: January 16th, 2014


Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

Ok, so this link is 18 months old, but I just found it. And seriously, how cool is the internet sometimes?


“I fully expect Wal-Mart to buy Barnes & Noble,” he said.

Now THAT would be interesting. Not sure it would be good, but interesting for sure.


November bookstore sales fell 4.2% compared to November 2012, dropping to $818 million, according to preliminary results released Tuesday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first 11 months of 2013, bookstore sales were down 1.7% compared to the same period of 2012, dropping to $11.70 billion.

Well, that’s not good. Especially since retail in general was up 4% over the same period.


According to Amazon, sales of foreign-language e-books in English-speaking markets (including the U.S.) were expected to rise 40% in 2013 compared with 2012, once final sales are tallied. Meanwhile,, an Amazon subsidiary, said that foreign- language audio book sales are increasing at a more than 25% annual rate.

Bookstores don’t stock Spanish-language books in anything like representative numbers, ebooks are solving a real problem here. And up 40% year over year is a serious number.



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