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Some bookish links

February 8, 2011

First, the good news!
McSweeney’s tells us the book is doing surprisingly well.

The good news is that there isn’t as much bad news as popularly assumed. In fact, almost all of the news is good, and most of it is very good. Book sales are up, way up, from twenty years ago. Young adult readership is far wider and deeper than ever before. Library membership and circulation is at all-time high. The good news goes on and on.

Book sales have declined, sure, and e-books do have a foothold but… “in 2010, in the middle of a crippling recession, with unemployment in the double digits, people still bought more than 750 million books.”

That makes me happy.

I am less happy that enough people are buying Snooki’s book that it’s on the NY Times bestseller list. Did she write it? It worries me that publishers will see her success and ask for more writing generated by TV tie-ins. Bad writing. Isn’t her 15 minutes of fame over by now?

And back to happy: If you’re on Twitter, there’s been a #saveourlibraries hashtag, mostly England-centric so far.
Here’s Alan Moore being somewhat spooky but loving libraries.

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