The Morning Coffee – 11 October 2013


by Tobyotter

There's a bumper crop of links this morning. Top stories include an editorial on aggregators like Flipboard, new inside details about LA school's disastrous iPad rollout (it _is_ as bad as you can imagine), several commentaries about self-publishing, an excerpt from Brad Stone's book about Jeff Bezos, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's weekly must-read column.

  • Are Operations Like Flipboard Scams Against Publishers? (TPM)
  • Amazon acquires math startup TenMarks to develop richer educational content (TNW)
  • Bookshops of the Future: Where Physical and Digital Co-exist. (The Literary Platform)
  • The Business Rusch: Standards (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
  • The Difference Between Plagiarism And Copyright Infringement (Techdirt)
  • The inside story on LA schools’ iPad rollout: “a colossal disaster” (Hechinger Report)
  • Is Self-Publishing the Most Important Transformation in the Publishing Industry? (VQR)
  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon: Excerpt From ‘The Everything Store’ by Brad Stone (Businessweek)
  • Microsoft plans to drop cookies, embrace cross-device tracking tools (GigaOm)
  • Scams Against Publishers (

I am particularly intrigued by the posts which argue that content creators should pull out of services like Flipboard.  The nub of the argument is that any website that operates based on ad revenue loses more in page views than it gains in readership. The same argument would apply to RSS feeds, I think.

The idea has merit, IMO, though I wouldn't go so far as to call Flipboard a scam against publishers.

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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."

4 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 11 October 2013

  1. I might have missed or forgotten about it, but I found this to be an interesting concept device worth an article, that I didn’t see here:

    Maybe you could keep an eye on this and report whether it actually materialized by the end of November.

  2. Although I am sympathetic to TPM’s argument, the truth is that I rarely read anything unless I find it via my RSS reader (Feedly, at present, since Google Reader sold us down the river.) I also occasionally read links found via Twitter, Pinterest, or Google Plus, and very rarely via Facebook. I particularly like Feedly (on Nexus 7) because I can skim through a bunch of stuff and they will be marked read. If I find something that I want to do additional processing beyond reading it, I mark it “later” and then use my desktop to preform the additional actions. It’s a pretty simple workflow, unlike going to multiple independent sites.

    • I’m not saying that I think creators should give up on RSS feeds completely, but I do think that I get almost nothing from the open feeds on this blog.

      Thanks to the demise of GR I don’t even know how many followers I have or what they are reading, so I can’t even count the feed followers as audience anymore.

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