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Also, before we get to the book links, one of my very best friends has started a new premium line of men's boxers called President for Life, which you should definitely check out. It's been awesome to see him get this off the ground and needless to say the style is impeccable. His mission statement is here.
On to the links!
E-books are still in the minority, and many people swear they'll never switch away from print. Here's a look from the opposite direction: A rare books dealer on the pleasures of reading e-books.
From io9, a really great post by Charlie Jane Anders on the 7 deadly sins of worldbuilding. Also from io9: Some very cool vintage book covers.
Has the center of gravity in the book world started tipping away from New York and London, at least in the literary imagination? A researcher mapped mentions of cities in novels by year and found their place ebbing.
No surprise, but 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James topped the authors earning the most in the past year, with a whopping estimated $95 million. James Patterson wasn't too far behind with $91 million.
With some pushback on the idea that e-books are declining and even before a very disappointing earnings report from Barnes & Noble, there has been some talk about what the publishing landscape will look like if and when bookstores go away. Here are three different takes on why it might not be a bad thing (at least, presumably, if you're not a bookseller), including must-read by Mike Shatzkin on how losing bookstores would be a much worse thing for publishers than for readers.
Starting with the premise that only 9% of technologically disrupted organizations ever recover, an interesting article in Futurebook looks at what publishers should be doing in order to survive. (via Stephen Parrish)
Royalty statements can be completely bewildering to read, but luckily agent Joanna Volpe is here to help.
According to a study, 38% of readers will finish a book no matter what. Are you one of them?
Don't forget about the discussion forums! Want to ask me a question? Need some help with your query? Want to brainstorm or vent about the writing process? Stop on by! Admission is free.
And finally, I'm probably the last one to know this but you've probably seen this famous excited baby GIF around the Internet:
What I never realized is that the full video is even more hilarious (via Mashable)!
Have a great week!