Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, July 8 – 13, 2013

Here are the most-read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…


As “Argo” director Ben Affleck preps his next movie “Live By Night” for Warners, the actor has begun negotiating to play the male lead in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” people familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Yes. This, I like.


William Lynch has resigned as CEO of Barnes & Noble effective immediately, the company announced late Monday.

And the hits just keep on coming.


But books are not bars of soap. When you go online to buy a book, you are not merely paying for a file full of random ones and zeros. You’re buying the original ideas and stories contained within that book, and frankly nobody has any idea how much those ideas are worth until people start reading them.

And this is why the pay-what-you-want model should be the industry standard.


Dan Brown’s Inferno is the bestselling print and Kindle e-book so far this year, but, unlike last year when the 20 books on our print and Kindle e-book year-to-date bestseller lists looked very similar at the top, there’s a big difference between the two for the first six months of 2013.

Would it be so hard and terrible to also tell us how many copies these best-selling books have sold? It’s not like they are nuclear launch codes or the new iPhone or something really important.



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