The Morning Coffee – 25 February 2014

Top stories this Tuesday morning include audiobooks (link),Worldreader's new ereader initiative in Tanzania (link), consolidation in digital publishing (link), how to tell whether you're in a Dashiell Hammett novel (link), and more.

About Nate Hoffelder (11474 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."

2 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 25 February 2014

  1. Joe Wikert’s article about searching a book on a Kindle reader seems much ado about little. He writes of an “awful user experience” using the Kindle search tool. As I posted on his site, it seems better than the user experience with printed books where to search for something in the book means going to the index at the back, searching, and ending up with a list of page numbers. At least the Kindle also provides a short extract for each location.

    • Hi Henry. Thanks for your opinion about my article. As I mentioned in a reply to your comment on my site, I think your point highlights an issue that continues to plague the book publishing industry: Everything is measured against the limitations of print rather than the potential of digital. Why should we settle for something that might be a bit better than print but really doesn’t begin to leverage the options in digital? As I also mentioned in the reply on my site, this is exactly why I’m glad so many startups are being launched by people outside book publishing. We need to take our blinders off and not settle for something a bit better than the print experience. If the TV industry thought like book publishing pros we wouldn’t have the powerful visuals of that medium and would instead still be watching radio shows in front of a camera.

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