The Morning Coffee – 23 August 2013

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • Some Thoughts on Quebec's Attempt to Legislate Fixed Book Prices (Three Percent)
  • Wanna Buy a Used Textbook Company? (Thad McIlroy – Future Of Publishing)
  • Why My Own Blog Is Better Than Facebook Or Twitter (Marc Gunn)
  • About Nate Hoffelder (11369 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."

    6 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 23 August 2013

    1. I only wish Amazon could come up with a way of supporting our indie booksellers rather than threatening their livelihoods too.

      That from the guy who went over to the dark side. Yeah, I do too. People were so proud to come into my little book store and tell me “I don’t read books anymore, I have a Kindle”. I wanted to say something awful, but didn’t, even tho it was clear that they were proud that there were never going to be a customer. So why were they in the store telling me this? I never figured that out. Could they be that proud of spending some $ and buying a Kindle? I guess. It’s not like they won the lottery. Well, I haven’t gone over to the dark side. But I do have more time to read since I closed the store.

    2. People love innovation. Heck only Amazon has managed to figure out how to make some people buy the same book twice, one in Kindle format and a steeply discounted audible version. If that’s not innovating. 🙂

      Seriously, who else has done that?

    3. Im not unstanding why its Amazon’s job to save indie booksellers. They are more than free to sell on Amazon’s site. The problem for me is physical books take up to space. Ebooks are about convenience, about having searacble content, on occassion letting my reader, read it to me while I work around the house.

      Paper books as a product no longer work for me. I recently bought two books in paper because they arent in ebook format. First thing I sat out to do is convert it to ebook format.

      I do feel for the indie book stores, but i felt for the tv repair men when tv’s became cheap and disposable. You wouldnt go back to the old tube TV’s to keep repairmen in business and that is how I view paper books. Its quickly becoming an obsolete technology.

      Now if they can figure out how to allow you to sell the ebook you bought and lose your copy of it, then the resell market can grow and that could help indie book stores that sell used books.

      Anyway, just my thoughts, now im off to finish converting one of those paper books.

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