The Morning Coffee – 25 March 2014

Top stories this Tuesday morning include DBW noticing that Apple has supplanted B&N as the second largest US ebook retailer (link) - a conclusion which I reached 2 months ago, a look at floppy book sequels (link), a silly copyright infringement claim (link),, and more

  • 5 Tips for Running a Little Free Library (BOOK RIOT)
  • British Library Says It's Copyright Infringement To Take Photos Inside The Library (Techdirt)
  • Is Apple Now the No. 2 Ebook Retailer in the U.S.? (DBW)
  • Kids take plot into their hands in new interactive eBook (iKids)
  • Long Awaited Book Sequels... That Completely Flopped (HuffPost)
  • Mark Haddon launches online petition against prisoner's book ban (The Guardian)

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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."

3 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 25 March 2014

  1. The DBW methodology is pure hearsay, as the ambulance chasers would put it. Anecdotal. And relying on individual small publishers as industry bellwethers? By their own admission, a swing of a relatively few books can make a big difference there.
    Your approach of looking at reported sales revenue at least is based on facts, not hand waving. And, while market share is hard to estimate, total US market size isn’t; there are enough numbers floating around to make a good guess at exactly what Nook’ s dollar-based share adds up to.

    • What’s even more interesting is that DBW maintains an ebook best seller list, so they should have already had a pretty good idea that B&N had been supplanted by Apple. After all, they cannot handicap the various best seller lists without knowing relative market shares of the major ebookstores.

      • Bestseller lists are worthless. Promotional tools mostly and easily gamed by industry insiders. That they went for alternate evidence tells you they don’t trust their own list.

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