Critical Linking: January 13th, 2015


That doesn’t mean we can’t use relatively simple tricks and techniques to improve our reading. These easy reading hacks may not allow you to breeze through books and articles at the speed of light, but they should help you concentrate better, process what you’re reading more effectively, and get more out of each book.

This list of hacks to help your reading might not work for everyone, but the larger point of being mindful about your habits is still useful.


The San Francisco publishing platform Medium has launched its first digital series, “Foreword,” in which Corrigan interviews authors in front of an audience. Plenty of other programs, from “The Daily Show” to NPR’s “Fresh Air,” feature writers, but “Foreword” is different — the writers in the series talk about everything but their craft. “It cannot be just another stop on their book tour,” Corrigan said by phone. “This is like if Comedy Central was crossed with TED talks — and they served drinks.”

Sounds like a great idea. I will definitely be checking this out.


Simon & Schuster is making a push into paid online video, with a new website offering online courses from popular health, finance and self-help authors. The cost of the first batch of online courses ranges from $25 to $85, and includes workbooks and access to live question-and-answer sessions with three authors: Dr. David B. Agus, the best-selling author of “The End of Illness”; Zhena Muzyka, who wrote the self-help book “Life by the Cup”; and Tosha Silver, the author of the spiritual advice book “Outrageous Openness.” The courses will be available on the authors’ individual websites and on the company’s new site, SimonSays.

The book tour/author signing hasn’t proven thus far to be the author equivalent of the concert, where authors can earn money from live appearances as musicians can. But maybe something like this could be the answer?


Did you know that Book Riot has a YouTube channel? We do. It’s new and we are having fun with it. Check it out here.