Critical Linking: February 7, 2013
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

While the iBookstore has always accepted self-published works, the new iBookstore category gives publishers and authors a new platform for marketing and promoting their books and highlights both the growing sales of self-published titles and the increasing significance of the category.

Someone needs to compete with Amazon as a serious alternative for self-publishing distribution. Apple is game, apparently.


People are frequently surprised (or bothered) that I’m not opposed to publishers selling direct to customers. Here’s some of, why: I understand the reality that everyone in this business is trying to do what they need to do to keep it going.

Level-headed talk here. It might be different if publishers were rolling around in cash, but everyone can see they are just trying to keep the boat afloat.


If comics are any kind of art at all, it’s the art of ordinary people.

Most of the art ever created is the art of ordinary people, but for some reason we feel the need to stipulate it when talking about comics, or knitting, or pop music, or woodworking. It’s the art of the “elite” that is the exception.

My Least-Favorite Book Critic-ish Words and Phrases

[Book Riot]

I scour dustjackets for these kinds of critic-ish gems, and find them everywhere, so they must be semi-precious stones. From book critics’ writing on In The Spirit of Happiness by the Monks of New Skete (“compelling!”) to David Ives’ (“incomparable”) All In The Timing. So here they are, in a rock collection, My Least-Favorite Book Critic-ish Words and Phrases, some of which I ::cringe:: have used myself:

“Reads like poetry.”


[Insert author’s name] is a “magician.”

“Side-splittingly funny.”

“A real original.”


“Delicious,” “fresh,” “unblemished” and, most cringe-worthy: “succulent.”

“A classic of reportage.”

“A unique voice.”



Such a “master of language.”

It is “astonishing.”

“You’ll want to put the characters in your pocket.”



[Insert author’s name] “does not flinch” from “large subjects.”

“A modern prophet.”


“A serious book.”

“IF you are facing an THEN…drop everything and read ”



“A thrill-ride.”

“The world according to ” is “”

“An uplifting exploration of ”

“A rare glimpse.”

“A stunner.”