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On the Books July 14: 'A Dance With Dragons' sells nearly 300,000 copies on first day, Bill Keller is tired of your literary aspirations

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++It seems the entire continent of Westeros has purchased a copy of George R.R. Martin’s latest entry in the groundbreaking A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Dance With Dragons, which was notoriously long-in-the-making, sold 298,000 copies on its first day, including print, e-books, and audiobooks. Reviews have been pretty much uniformly glowing, which just goes to show that good things do come to those who wait…and wait, and wait, and wait.

++Bill Keller’s latest missive from his Glenda the Good Witch-style cultural bubble at the New York Times is about how annoying it is to have so many friends and colleagues who write books. Preach it, Bill!

++The Guardian put together this gallery demonstrating the disheveled appeal of battered books.