The Morning Coffee – 22 February 2013

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • 6 Reasons I Stop Reading (And How to Avoid Them) (Anna Staniszewski)
  • Apple Getting Sued for 'Planned Obsolescence' of iPad 3 (Mashable)
  • How Notability came close to replacing GoodNotes for me, but didn’t (Pocketables)

  • UK Booksellers Association Reveals 73 UK Bookstores Closed in 2012, 39 Opened (Publishing Perspectives)
  • Why You Should Judge a Book By Its Cover by Nick Thacker (The Book Designer)
  • And in light of Wednesday's news that 3 indie bookstores were suing Amazon and the Big 6 publishers, I bring you this article from last April:

    About Nate Hoffelder (10614 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 – 22 February 2013

    1. I like the sense of entitlement behind the PaidContent article on DRM.
      They want to start a business selling *other peoples* content and they want the content owners to conform to *their* philosophies and they want to do so without capital start-up costs.
      Yeah, it explains the lawsuit just fine.
      They even floated the same “kindle only reads ebooks from amazon” myth and got slapped for it in the comments.
      I also liked the haughty “we sell books without DRM and have had no piracy problems” claim. Also slapped for it in the comments.
      If that is how “plucky indies” think I’ll have to rethink their long-term prospects.

      • It’s like a small trucking company complaining about not getting a contract to carry expensive items because it doesn’t have adequate security.

        But I’m not sure it explains the lawsuit.

        • Oh, the lawsuit is *easy* to explain.
          Forget the claims: look at what they ask for.
          They want a declaration of Antitrust violation against Amazon and the publishers.
          So *they* can sue in civil court for “damages”.
          It’s a deep pockets money grab.
          Historically, once an antitrust violation is in the record, every court assumes you are guilty and the triall is strictly about how much you are liable for.
          So they use the “consumer harm” excuse to get a declaration that would then open the money spigot.
          Or so they think.
          It’s a cheap ambulance chaser nuisance suit, looking for a quick settlement payout by threatening a long antitrust battle leading to hordes of followup civil suits.
          Now, unless they’ve got David Boies on their side *and* raised tons of money in political donations to get the DOJ on their side, I don’t see them getting one red cent.
          They might even get a big bill for legal expenses from the defendants.

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