Critical Linking: August 29th, 2014


It’s disheartening to realize that you missed out on a lot of classics, despite the fact that you technically “completed” them, because the timing or presentation just wasn’t right. These are some of the top offenders, and here’s why we’re giving them a second chance.

I really should go back and give Ethan Frome another chance. (Who am I kidding, this is never happening).


“The city drops folks from three shelters off here every morning and picks them up in the evening. So they come here because of that,” said Badalamenti, a social worker who in May became the D.C. Public Library’s first health and human services coordinator.

Social workers in libraries make a ton of sense, and I’m surprised it’s so rare.


The posters are something of a tide-shift in Mockingjay’s marketing. These images are being released after a series of in-universe (and super-creepy) promos like the“together as one” TV address from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and images of Panem’s “Heroes.”

The marketing for Mockingjay is some of the best I’ve seen for a movie franchise.


Pointing to the need for pricing flexibility at a time when bookstores face a growing number of economic challenges, some booksellers question whether it’s time for publishers to stop printing suggested retail prices on book covers and dust jackets. They argue that publishers should instead offer net pricing, like many bargain book wholesalers do, and let bookstores determine the margin they need and the price their community will pay. While it might not alleviate showrooming—customers checking their cell phones for the lowest prices—removing printed prices could help bricks-and-mortar stores’ profitability.

Extremely interesting. Books are one of the last products that regularly have the price printed on the packaging, which restricts pricing flexibility.


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