Critical Linking: July 22nd, 2014


If you liked Electric Literature‘s Game of Books infographic that compared the length of A Song of Ice and Fire to classic novels, you might enjoy this infographic that lays out the length of some famous novels, poems, and plays from literary history.

If you are ready to stare at this infographic of the lengths of some notable literary works, I hope you have some spare time on your hands.


Last week, Amazon informed us that for ten dollars per month, Kindle users can have unlimited access to over six hundred thousand books in its library. But it shouldn’t cost a thing to borrow a book, Amazon, you foul, horrible, profiteering enemies of civilization.

Man, Kindle Unlimited has unleashed some of the most narrow-minded, simplistic reactions I’ve seen in awhile.


In a potentially major gain for the ebook-bundling concept, BitLit today is announcing its first deal with a Big Five publisher. HarperCollins (US) has entered what is being described as a pilot programme with the Vancouver-based BitLit to offer discounted ebook editions of print books that readers already own.

BitLit, where you get a discounted ebook with proof of owning the same print title, is an interesting idea, though it seems like an awkward transitional step. One of these days, we’re going to get proper bundling.

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