The Morning Coffee – 16 April 2014

the new yorker coverI have a short list for you this morning. Top stories include Apple losing yet another motion in the ebook antitrust case (link), why writers should attend GenCon (link), why the biggest threat to comic book stores is not Amazon (link), and as a special bonus I invite you to click on the image at right and tell me what's wrong with it.

  • Apple loses bid to dismiss states' e-book antitrust cases (CNET)
  • If you write, start planning to attend GenCon Indy this August (TeleRead)
  • Kindle Direct Publishing adds new reports (TeleRead)
  • Stand Down, Amazon Warriors: Comic Book Guys Already Killed the Comic Book Store (BOOK RIOT)
  • We are drowning in data about readers and attention, but which metrics really matter? (GigaOm)

About Nate Hoffelder (11589 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."

8 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 16 April 2014

  1. Where to begin?
    For starters, everybody is reading. Yeah, right. That is three-quarters, too many.
    Second, everybody is reading books. Nope. Half of those reading should be reading PEOPLE or Entertainment Weekly or newspapers.
    Third, no kids scraming or running around.
    Fourth, they’re near a counter (the screen listing delayed flights) yet nobody is standing in line to yell at the airline employees.
    Fifth, nobody is eating.
    Oh, and of course, no earbuds, headsets, or electronic devices from phones to Nintendoes, or at least Walkmans (if its intended to be a period piece).

    I’m thinking its a fantasy piece, set in the mythical never never land where publishing is a special snowflake, authors are nurtured by publishers (faithful guardians of literature), everybody is a fan of litfic, and all children are well behaved, studious, and above average.

    • I was just getting at the fact there are no tablets, smartphones, or ebook readers …

      • Well, yeah.
        But anybody who has been stuck in an airport in winter (or had the misfortune of being routed through Newark at any time) knows what it’s really like, gadgets or no gadgets.
        I still get flashbacks from time to time.
        Brrrr…

      • The date in the corner says Dec. 2005 & Jan. 2006, tablets and smartphones (except maybe Blackberries) weren’t really a thing back then.

  2. The real “comic book guys” who killed comic book stores already had their way, and they did it back in the ’90s. Those were, of course, the “guys” in charge of the comic book publishers.

    Start here and read the next few columns after that for a survivor’s history of how DC’s overhyped “Death of Superman,” followed by Marvel’s disastrous decision to try to funnel its entire distribution through one (badly undersized) distribution channel essentially KO’d the marketplace, and the industry’s been in decline ever since. The only thing that’s been keeping the comic book companies afloat has been all the non-comic tie-ins they’ve been able to license—or, for that matter, make themselves. It’s no coincidence Marvel started its own movie studio a few years back.

    I don’t think comic book shops will necessarily “die out” all that quickly. Comics tend to be collectible in a way that paper books aren’t, so there will always be SOME demand for the physical items. But even if they did, it wouldn’t be a huge blow to comics themselves. Comic book companies generally use them as a sandbox for developing new IP that they can throw onto TV and the movies now, because that’s where the big money is. And for that, it wouldn’t matter whether they were print or digital.

    • For a while DC had a line of Web Comics intended to explore IP concepts to see which might translate to print.

    • I didn’t know about that ancient history. Interesting.

      TBH what killed comics for me was that they cost $3 or $4 for only a fragment of a single story. I can get a complete ebook for not a lot more.

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