Critical Linking: January 2nd, 2015


What you need to read to understand the world right now.

Ignore for a moment the hyperbole and the fact that it can’t possibly be the case that the 5 books to read to understand the world right now are all written by Americans. Now, that aside,  this is a list of really interesting books that have sorta flown under the radar this year.


It said: “HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologises for this omission and for any offence caused.”

Boy, that’s a heckuva statement to have to release.


The economist Thomas Piketty, the author of the surprise best-seller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” has turned down the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration offered by the French government. “I do not think it is the government’s role to decide who is honorable,” Mr. Piketty told Agence France-Presse, adding, “They would do better to concentrate on reviving growth in France and Europe.”

I don’t know why, but I always like it when people take stands in turning down awards.


In 2015 we’ll have to see whether “glut” largely continues to be seen as a Kindle Unlimited problem. But if more people aren’t buying and reading more books, it will be a problem for most authors and for all ebook subscription services.

This article nicely encapsulates why while I’m not bearish on ebook growth, I’m not exactly bullish either.


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