The Morning Coffee – 30 January 2014

Top stories this Thursday morning include a new direction for Flipboard as it changes its aggregation AI (link), news about Amazon's venture into POS retail (link), a rant about HTML (link), another rant about authors being taken advantage of (link), and more.

  • Amazon to Offer Kindle Checkout System to Physical Retailers (
  • Few Buyers Reading eBooks On Tablets (Self Publishing 2.0)
  • Flipboard wants to tame the unruly stream by becoming more like a traditional magazine (GigaOm)
  • HTML is too complex (Studio Tendra)
  • Rant: Hiring an editor (Janet Reid, Literary Agent)
  • A Step by Step Guide to Evaluating Your ePub Files on Kindles, iPads, and Smartphones (The Book Designer)
  •  There isn’t enough money to keep educating adults the way we’re doing it (Clay Shirky)
  • Will Water Be Your Next Printer Ink? (Txchnologist)
  • Writers Guild of America tells US government that copyright shouldn't trump free expression (Boing Boing)

P.S. Do you know what I find most interesting about the Amazon retail rumor? It's how this project would fit quite nicely with the retail stores rumors (the WSJ missed that link). This payment platform could also work well if Amazon embarked on popup stores or booths at trade shows, wouldn't you agree?

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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."

2 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 30 January 2014

  1. Amazon is already playing in the payments processing business, both for affiliated and unaffiliated vendors so it’s not that big a leap. And, given that they have an advertising and promotion business, Amazon Local, they can offer packaged services and gain traction that way.
    Obviously they’re not going to get any business from Wal-Mart or Target but smaller local and regional retailers might find value. Especially if it allows consumers to pay via cellphone instead of credit/debit card and the transaction fee is lower than for cards. Conceivably, Amazon might simply lease the hardware and make their money that way.

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