The Morning Coffee – 16 October 2012

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • E-Books in France: Shunned or Just Getting Started? (Publishing Perspectives)
  • Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: Self-publishing, cell phones and startups (paidContent)
  • On this day in 1956, programming changed for good [Remember FORTRAN?] (
  • ServerBeach takes 1.45 million edublogs offline just 12 hours after sending through a Pearson DMCA notice (
  • Switching consumers to digital books is hard enough — get ready for magazines (GigaOm)
  • Taiwanese Designer Invents A Book Quote Vending Machine (LitReactor)
  • About Nate Hoffelder (11466 Articles)
    Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

    3 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 16 October 2012

    1. Remember FORTRAN? I’m so old, the first program I ever wrote was in FORTRAN! (On punch cards, no less.)

      • FORTRAN is still in active use in Engineering. IT languages come and go–BASIC, Pascal, C, C++, C#, JAVA, and what-not–but FORTRAN endures. There are zillions of program lines of FORTRAN code in use by engineers all over the world and there is no appetite for rewriting from scratch. FORTRAN will probably outlast civilization.

      • Had/got to use punch cards at the end of their life. Last used Fortran in 88 or 89 as part of a 3D graphics package for mapping geologic formations. Ah, the memories.

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