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The Morning Coffee – 11 February 2014

Top stories this Tuesday morning include a rumor about B&N laying off 100 people at Nook Media (link), a look at how last week's Adobe DRM fiasco came about (link), a look at Sony exiting the ebook biz (link), and more.

  • Bookseller Cuts Jobs At Division For Nook (
  • Is Amazon's Top 100 Ranking System Fair? (ABCtales)
  • George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books? (The New Yorker)
  • McGraw-Hill Buys Engrade For ~$50M As It Moves Away From Textbooks, Towards A Future Of SaaS (TechCrunch)
  • Penning Up Your Books (PWxyz)
  • Sony exits and the ebook business loses an original player (The Shatzkin Files)
  • The term “digital magazines” may sound kind of dumb, but First Look Media’s approach is not (GigaOm)

2 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 11 February 2014

  1. B&N may be trying to make Nook look better for a quick sale by reducing its overhead personnel. If they are trying to flog the company to relatively small buyer, the fewer personnel remaining, especially if they are mainly technical, the better.

  2. That George Packer article was strongly (and in my opinion dishonestly) slanted not only against Amazon but against self-publishing in general. Not quite as slimy as Donald Maass, but the message seems to fit with a coordinated media campaign push against self-publishing.

    It’s really, really long and not a single quote from a happy self-published author. Just lots of hints that if you dare to publish by yourself, you might be punished by the establishment later. And why should people be scared that “over” 50% of self publishers make less than $500 a year? Jesus, that seems like a huge amount. If the fact was that only 10 percent of self-publishers make more than $100 a year I wouldn’t be surprised, since for many it’s pretty much a hobby. They really don’t get that people like to see their work out there, it isn’t about money.

    Finally, he makes no mention of the fact that as a traditionally published novelist himself (along with his non-fiction) he clearly has some skin in the game.

    So much for “serious” journalism.

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