The Morning Coffee – 17 December 2012

tolkien-tattoo-9[1]Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • Ebook Marketing Thoughts — What’s Changed and What’s Still Working?  (Lindsay Buroker)
  • The Missing 20th Century: How Copyright Protection Makes Books Vanish (The Atlantic)
  • Monetizing Piracy: It seems simple, really (Scholarly Communications @ Duke)
  • Psy’s Gangnam Style shows that copyright infringement can be a boost (Indie BookSpot)
  • Swedes Think Different: A New Model for E-lending (The Literary Platform)
  • P.S.For those who are interested, the Morning Coffee post is also available as its own RSS feed.

    I'm curious to see what might be done with that single post.  With the right scripts it should be possible to parse the links, grab the related articles, and assemble them into an ebook. I don't know how to do it, myself, but I have seen similar tricks.

    P.P.S. You can also find this post at the head of the summary email that goes out every morning. That email, as some may have figured out, is timed to catch most of Europe in the a.m.

    Not all bloggers think of the global audience, but this one does. And the timing of the email was an easy way to better support readers outside the US.

    About Nate Hoffelder (11481 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 – 17 December 2012

    1. “P.S. … its own RSS feed.”

      Great! Thank you! Keep up the good work!

    2. I’ve had an idea about using the single posts and also developed a rather crude proof of concept. Using BeautifulSoup, a Python ‘screen scraping’ library, I can read the post, extract the links and send them individually to Instapaper. Using Instapaper automatic delivery, I can then get them sent to my Kindle in periodical format.

      This could potentially be used for any posts from any RSS feed which are simply a link or collection of links.

      This is currently tied to my own Instapaper account and run locally on my own PC but I intend to develop this further in January. I will run it on Google App Engine and allow users to sign up with their Instapaper credentials.

      The way of identifying the relevant links is a bit of a cludge at the moment. I’m curious to know if the links to the items will always be in the same format.

      • I tried something like that but it didn’t work. My pre-processing step kept eating content, and if I fed it directly into Instapaper it grabbed the links post itself, not the content linked to.

        If anyone is interested, I also briefly looked at Readlist. They have a fairly easy to use tool to build an ebook out of a set of links. I didn’t like how the content looked afterword, so I never used it.

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