Critical Linking: April 14, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

So Kahn decided to read them, 100 years of No. 1 bestsellers, from 1913 to 2013, and post reviews on his blog, Kahn’s Corner. As of the time of this writing, he’s up to 1966 and Jacqueline Susann’s “The Valley of the Dolls.”

As reading projects go, this is a compelling one.


There’s not enough information on just how much this pilot has increased ebook loans, but there is some early data to show that pilot is generating sales. In Derbyshire, for example, 464 ebooks were loaned in the first monitoring period, leading to about 20 sales to library patrons.  According to Cox, many of the patrons bought the ebook while they were  still only part of the way through reading the loaned ebook.

Only problem with this is there is no way to know how many ebooks library patrons would have bought had the ebooks not been available from the library.


Catchphrases, jokes and expressions of outrage spring up, gain currency and become outmoded in the blink of an eye. How can a novelist capture a conversation that moves so fast, that seems to boast almost superfluous linguistic versatility? How can fiction reflect the subtle hierarchies and allegiances of the constantly mutating online crowd?

Good long piece on fiction and the internet.

Critical Linking: April 10, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

Before Game of Thrones, no one named babies “Khaleesi.” In 2012, it beat the name ”Betsy.”

Also, Draco has seen a real surge in popularity. Life imitating art.


What is particularly sad about this state of affairs is that the literary world and the video games world could greatly benefit each other. Even a conversation, let alone the beginning of real collaborations and dialogues, would help each contend with their respective shortcomings.

Compelling argument for more interplay between books and video games.


It is being billed as the most comprehensive visual survey of American libraries ever published. Since 1994 Robert Dawson has been photographing the public libraries of America. Over the years he has traveled to 48 states and imaged hundreds of them.

What an incredible project.

Old ladies suddenly learn to use their elbows as weapons. Gentlemen who hold doors for you suddenly pretend they don’t see you and grab that book you’re reaching for. Looking for some children’s books for $0.25? You and half the people in the city.

Harold Ramis on why he loved libraries. Yep.

Critical Linking: January 17, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

Most Anticipated: The Great 2014 Book Preview

The Millions published their always excellent preview for 2014 while I was on vacation, so just linking to it now. Looks like a great year.


 The “YA dystopia for teenage girls” genre has come full circle and is sinking its teeth into 1984. Equals will be a “slightly updated version” of George Orwell‘s dystopian classic, with the main update being, according to its director, that “it’s about love in a world where love really doesn’t exist anymore.” Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult are starring.

Slightly. Never mind that the title is already different. 


Pushpendra Pandya is a copywriter and librarian who has recently started a new project: a crowdsourced library that aims to provide a book sharing service to its members.

Very cool.

Library vending machine!