The Morning Coffee – 10 March 2014

Top stories this Monday morning include a look at the horrible fine print for the Amtrak writing fellowship (link), the story I should have written about the LA Times Festival of Books (link), how Smashwords authors can opt out of Scribd (link), an interview of the founder of Medium (link), and more.

  • 16th century warfare manual reveals readers were just as interested in cats as we are...but as weapons (MobyLives)
  • “All aboard! Irrevocably, Absolutely, In Whole or In Part! (Scratch)
  • Fan artist complains of Anita Sarkeesian’s unauthorized use of Dragon’s Lair fan art (TeleRead)
  • Has everyone conceded the US ebook market to Amazon? (Dear Author)
  • Next Month: International Conference on Use and Re-use of Digital Content (LJ INFOdocket)
  • Publishers Weekly Ignores The Real Scandal At LA Times Festival of Books (David Gaughran)
  • Removing anonymity isn't the answer for negative reviews (TeleRead)
  • Opt-in, turn-on, opt-out? (Indies Unlimited)
  • What kind of reader are you? Big Pub thinks they know. (Randall Wood, Author)
  • With Medium, Evan Williams Is Tackling the Future of Writing Online (

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11 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 10 March 2014

  1. I’ve been told that Amtrak says they’re going to be revisiting the language in that rights grant.

    My suspicion is that they just copied and pasted a boilerplate from somewhere without fully thinking through all of the implications of it. They’re train people, not literature people, so they’re not exactly experienced at this.

  2. The Scribd opt-in, opt out article has some misinformation in it. He makes it sound as easy to get a book out of the app and DRM-stripped as say, buying and stripping a book from Amazon. It’s not that easy. I tried, and I couldn’t quickly figure out how to get to the book to load it into Calibre. I’m sure it’s possible, but it would require tools the average user doesn’t have. Unless I missed something?

    • I haven’t tried it, but if I were going to strip the DRM I would first try to drag the ebooks into Adobe DE on my PC. If that app can open the ebook then I can probably strip the DRM.

  3. Tried that too. There’s nothing to drag. I’ve opened a book on my desktop and tried to drag it from that view. I’ve also tried dragging a book from library view. Again, nothing to drag. I tried dragging from History view in my browser. Again, it didn’t work.

    I plugged my tablet into my computer and searched for a book. Nothing. I opened up every folder to see if it was hidden somewhere under an odd file name. Nope.

    Not that I want to pirate Scribd books. I just wanted to see if, in principle, it could be done, and if it was something the average reader would be able to figure out easily.

    • I would bet that the web browser version is streamed and not downloaded.

      But if you downloaded the ebook to your tablet and read it offline, it has to be there somewhere.If you can’t find it then there’s a good chance that Scribd obscured it inside of some type of database file.

      In which case there’s little reason to be worried about piracy.

      • Exactly. Which is why I had issues with the article in question. They made it sound like piracy would be rampant with downloading from Scribd. Many people commenting on the article were “so grateful” for the information, and it just infuriates me when misinformation like that is out there. I know. Get over it. 😉

  4. I saw the documents_cache and figured the same thing. Thanks for looking.

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