The Morning Coffee – 23 September 2013

A_MSprqCYAAW8pY[1]Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • The "Fiverr Report" on Indies Buying Fake Reviews Is Total BS. (Failure Ahoy!)
  • Goodreads Strikes Back (Feral Intensity)
  • How to automatically archive quotes from ebooks in a single document (eBookFriendly)
  • How To Cite A Tweet In Academic Papers (Edudemic)
  • Kobo Writing Life: A Year Later (PW)

  • Reuters is suffering the same fate that newspapers are — it’s just doing it more slowly (paidContent)
  • Spain passes new anti-piracy laws, raises maximum penalty to six years (Ars Technica)
  • This $20 app turns your cheap Kindle into a full Android tablet (VentureBeat)
  • And for your Monday fun, here are a pair of Franzen "the modern age is terrible and we're all doomed" rants and rebuttals.

    • Jonathan Franzen: what's wrong with the modern world (The Guardian)
    • The Hilarious Hypocrisy of Jonathan Franzen (David Gaughran)

    This second pair dates to February of this year.

    • Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society (Telegraph)
    • Franzen, E-books & Bathtubs (IndieReader)

    About Nate Hoffelder (11470 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."

    1 Comment on The Morning Coffee – 23 September 2013

    1. I’ve come to the realization that people who rail against e-books, like Franzen does in the article above, have turned dead-tree books into a fetish. One imagines he would be complaining about papyrus scrolls because they’re not permanent like a clay or stone tablet if he were alive back then.

      And what was with that crack about instant gratification? Does driving to the book store or waiting for the next box from Amazon to be delivered build character? You still have to read the book. I’m not a speed reader, so that’s hardly instant for me.

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