UK Ebook Sales Fall 17%: Critical Linking, April 28, 2017

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Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed book sales.

Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011 – the year the ebook craze took off as Jeff Bezos’ market-dominating Amazon Kindle took the UK by storm.

Holy housecats!

Harlem’s Apollo Theater is probably America’s most crucial venue for the sharing of black music, performance, and experience, a space from which some of the country’s best art and social commentary is disseminated. Now, the New York Times reports that the theater will be adding Ta-Nehisi Coates to the catalog of artists who’ve come through its doors. In April 2018, a multimedia adaptation of Between the World and Me — the author’s 2015 letter about blackness in both today’s America and throughout its bleak history of racialized brutality, penned to his teenage son (and ultimately millions of readers) — will be performed at the theater.

Well that’s exciting!

Science fiction writer William Gibson is to use the dream of a Hillary Clinton win in last year’s US presidential election as the launch point for his next novel. Gibson, who coined the word “cyberspace” in his 1984 debut Neuromancer, will reimagine the world under a Clinton presidency in his next novel Agency, as well as London in the distant future.

*is suspicious*

“I’m not sure that that was exactly what I was trying to say, or what we were trying to say,” Moss told HuffPost on Tuesday, hours before Hulu released the first three episodes to stream. “I wanted to say ― and I’ll just say it right here, right now ― OBVIOUSLY, all caps, it is a feminist work. It is a feminist show.”

Elisabeth Moss walks back her previous comments about The Handmaid’s Tale not being a feminist show.

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