Critical Linking: September 23, 2015

While analysts once predicted that e-books would overtake print by 2015, digital sales have instead slowed sharply.

Now, there are signs that some e-book adopters are returning to print, or becoming hybrid readers, who juggle devices and paper. E-book sales fell by 10 percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Association of American Publishers, which collects data from nearly 1,200 publishers. Digital books accounted last year for around 20 percent of the market, roughly the same as they did a few years ago.

This bears out my personal experience–I’d definitely call myself a hybrid reader–but I don’t think you can take too seriously data that doesn’t include the sales of self-published ebooks.


So it seems only natural that Marvel has asked Mr. Coates to take on a new Black Panther series set to begin next spring.

Black! Panter! Comic! From! Ta-Nehisi Coates!


I don’t denigrate anyone for reading any kind of fiction … I don’t think anyone should. There’s a similar thing: Not everyone’s up for watching ‘Breaking Bad’ Sometimes you just want to watch something else, something simpler, like a ‘Law & Order.’

Jonathan Franzen on his “female parts,” literary and genre, and random people showing up at his house (!!).


The auction for the recent Emmy winner and Entertainment Weekly cover star’s book concluded last Friday, with the winning bid falling between $8-10 million, a source confirms to EW.

Get it, Amy Schumer.

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