Critical Linking

Critical Linking: February 16th, 2012

Jeff O'Neal

CEO and co-founder

Jeff O'Neal is the executive editor of Book Riot and Panels. He also co-hosts The Book Riot Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @thejeffoneal.


“After all, we’re reading everywhere, not just in books or magazines or newspapers, or on e-readers and tablets or even smartphones, but walking down city streets, searching for movies on Netflix, and on our television screens. We’re living in an age not just of hypertext but hyperliteracy.”

Language is so powerful that it will fill any place we can put it.


“The book is so inextricably linked with our concept of knowledge that for many people it is hard to separate one from the other. But for human knowledge to reach its full potential, we may have to let go of the book-as-object first, or open our thinking to a radically different definition of what a book is.”

Tablet, scroll, codex, book. Don’t obsess over the glass, just enjoy the wine.


“53. The House at Pooh Corner.”

Milne doesn’t even crack the top 50!?! And I am screaming about a list of children’s’ books!?!


“While ebook circulation accounts for only two percent of circulation on average (vs. 67 percent for books and 29 percent for media), the net gain for ­ebook circulation over all libraries in the survey was 102 percent; libraries serving populations of 500,000 or more averaged an eye-opening 159 percent.”

Impressive pace.