Critical Linking: February 24th, 2014

forgotten pulitzers

You would think winning a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction would ensure an enduring literary legacy. Not always – a number of Pulitzer-winning books are out-of-print. With this year’s announcement later today, has compiled a list of forgotten winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel as the award was known prior to 1948.

I was fully expecting, arrogantly as it turned out, to know most of these. Turns out, I know exactly one of them. Might make a good reading project. Check out the list here


In 2012, total industry sales in the book business fell just under 1 percent over all, but those of downloadable audiobooks rose by more than 20 percent. That year, 13,255 titles came out as audiobooks, compared with 4,602 in 2009.

Wow, so the number of new audiobooks released each year has almost tripled over the last five years.


Greenfield says not to look for a permanent slowdown in ebook growth in 2014 and beyond. “I don’t think this is a trend that will continue indefinitely,” he says. “I think as more people buy tablets, smartphones, and e-readers-and more children grow up with digital reading as a normal part of their lives-ebooks will continue to gain market share.”

I tend to agree with this assessment of the slowing growth of ebooks. I don’t know where (or if) the balance of digital to print will even out, but I think we’ve moved from the explosive growth period to the slow erosion period.



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