Critical Linking: July 30, 2014 
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

Leaf through our picks for the most mindblowingly beautiful picture books after the jump, and since we can only draw from our own personal knowledge and tastes, and we know there are scores upon scores of gorgeous children’s books out there (thank goodness), be sure to add any other favorites of yours.

Just some beautiful stuff here. (Old link, but it was new to me).


So, at $9.99, the total pie is bigger – how does Amazon propose to share that revenue pie? We believe 35% should go to the author, 35% to the publisher and 30% to Amazon. Is 30% reasonable? Yes. In fact, the 30% share of total revenue is what Hachette forced us to take in 2010 when they illegally colluded with their competitors to raise e-book prices. We had no problem with the 30% — we did have a big problem with the price increases.

Amazon is losing the public relations battle in its dispute with Hachette. Do you think the general public is going to be swayed by “we just want to make books cheaper?”


Three hundred thousand books are published in the United States every year. A few hundred, at most, could be called financial or creative successes. The majority of books by successful writers are failures. The majority of writers are failures. And then there are the would-be writers, those who have failed to be writers in the first place, a category which, if you believe what people tell you at parties, constitutes the bulk of the species.

I wonder if this rubric for success is all that important for most writers. What if a successful book is one the writer is glad to have written?


Welcome to the Flamingo Rampant Book Club! Over the course of a subscription year, we will send you six BRAND NEW books – one every other month, each written specifically for this book club. These books will celebrate the great and wide variety of LGBTQ2S kids, families, and communities. That means when our books feature lesbian mums or gay dads, they get storylines: travels, adventures and mysteries to solve, rather than entire books pointing out that we exist.

Very cool (and much needed) Kickstarter project.

What happens when you decide you’re going to pick up and read books based solely on their covers?

It’s time for another episode of the Dear Book Nerd podcast. Crank up your volume and listen as resident book nerd Rita talks with author Cindy Pon about all things book reviews and book review etiquette.

It’s time for another episode of the Dear Book Nerd podcast. Crank up your volume and listen as resident book nerd Rita talks with author Cindy Pon about all things book reviews and book review etiquette.

When I talk to college students now, it’s hard not to push up my glasses and lecture them on the importance of doing the required reading while they still have the time and structure that college provides. But I try to remember that I came back to these books on my own and discovered that it’s never too late to read the books you were supposed to read in college.

Book Riot editor Amanda is a comic newbie, and today, she’s breaking down some of the terminology of the comics — single issue vs. trade vs. graphic novel — world for other new readers. Check it out.

There’s a new trailer for THE MAZE RUNNER. Check it and 2 other recently released trailers for YA books coming to film out here:

Have you missed some of the latest news on books being adapted into film? No sweat. Here’s a round-up of the latest and where these project stand in Hollywood.

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Critical Linking: July 29, 2014

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

The selection of 20 titles was voted for by the public after the Baileys women’s prize for fiction launched a campaign to find the novels, by women, “that have most impacted, shaped or changed readers’ lives”. After contributors including Mary Beard and Joanna Trollope chose their own most influential title, thousands of people – male and female – voted for their own selections, with Lee’s story of Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman, taking the top spot.

An interesting list of life-changing works by women, with a familiar title at the top.


“One Saturday night, Tsukuru and Haida were up talking late as usual when they turned to the subject of death. They talked about the significance of dying, about having to live with the knowledge that you were going to die.”

An excerpt of Haruku Murakami’s forthcoming novelColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is up over at Slate.


German typewriter manufacturers are enjoying a boom in sales following the NSA spying scandal. A German defence manufacturer switched to typewriters last year, while last week a leading politician called for the government to use the old technology.

I love some good old-fashioned tradecraft.


In the meantime, no matter how much we want to act like we don’t like it, we should be more thankful than anything to the celebrities that talk up books. They’re the ones doing the best job telling their fans to stop watching them on television or at the movies, and go pick up a book. It’s something we should welcome, and wish to see more of.

Really hard to make an argument that famous people talking about books is a bad thing.

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