Critical Linking for November 16th, 2015

We recently asked subscribers of the BuzzFeed Books newsletter to tell us about a book that restored their faith in humanity. There’s something here for everyone, so take your pick — and get ready to be inspired.

#1 on this list of 31 books that will make you feel better about humanity is familiar. Though never thought of it as a “feel good” book.


It was lattes, cappuccinos and muffins. Today, though, after two agonizing stabs at fulfilling those dreams, the coffee shop space sits empty. Ramsey County drew national acclaim in the 1990s for placing a coffee bar in the Roseville library, and it still thrives. But two decades later, librarians are close to giving up on the oh-so-Minnesota marriage of caffeine and literacy.”

Really feel like this should have worked.


According to Nielsen’s data, from Q1 2014 to Q1 2015, self-published books have grown from 14% to 18% of the overall market. In that same period the Big Five’s share has grown from 28% to 37%. 

Boy, that means the middle is sure getting squeezed.

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