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BLACK PANTHER Becomes Highest-Grossing Superhero Movie of All Time in U.S.: Critical Linking, March 27

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Disarmed by Izzy Ezagui, from Prometheus Books.

“Black Panther” is also the fifth highest-grossing movie ever in the U.S., not adjusted for inflation. The highest-grossing film in domestic history is 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made $936.6 million, followed by “Avatar’s” $760.5 million, “Titanic’s” $659.3 million,” and “Jurassic World’s” $652.2 million.


Independent booksellers are expressing frustration and disappointment with Chronicle Books for its handling of comedian John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. Oliver announced the immediate availability of the book at the end of his Sunday, March 18 show, but to the surprise of independent booksellers, Oliver said that the book was only available at that time through Amazon.

Good grief.

Authors and publishers protested the change when it was implemented, but a number of industry members who have followed the issue say that the policy is not going away. “They are here to stay,” said Fran Toolan, CEO of Firebrand Technologies, referring to the third-party buy buttons. For one thing, Amazon allows third-party sellers to compete for buy buttons in all of its other categories.

Amazon will continue to allow third-party sellers to “win” the buy buttons on its book pages.

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