The Morning Coffee – 23 June 2014

Your reading list for this Monday morning includes one response to Doctorow's Guardian piece on DRM, a competition to find tough tongue twisters, how Apple lost the ebook war, a revised Yog's law (money doesn't always flow to the writer anymore), and more.

  • An author claims Byliner ebooks screw authors. Here’s my royalty statement to prove they don’t (PandoDaily)
  • Dumping DRM is not a panacea (TeleRead)
  • Getting Your Self-Published Book into the Library, Tips from Librarian Marlene Harris (Lindsay Buroker)
  • Why Apple Has Lost the E-Book War (HuffPost)
  • I Was a Digital Best Seller! ()
  • MIT Researchers Reveal The World's Toughest Tongue Twister! (Kids News Article)
  • The Publishing Industry Isn’t Dead, But It IS Evolving (TNW)
  • Russian accents in American novels: Why are there so many right now? (Slate)
  • Sorry, journalists: When it comes to crowdfunding, reporting is absolutely crushed by comic books (PandoDaily)
  • Yog’s Law and Self-Publishing (Scalzi's Whatever author blog)

About Nate Hoffelder (10614 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."

10 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 23 June 2014

  1. For the fantastic performance of the greatest tongue twister cartoon ever – based on “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” see here:

    • Wow. Now that is an impressive tongue twister. Thanks for sharing it; I hadn’t seen that episode before.

      Animamniacs might not have had great animation but its writing was, quite often, spectacular.

  2. Yes Apple has failed so far, but they also failed with laptops and the iPod wasn’t a success until iTunes went cross platform. So as Yogi says, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
    IMHO, it is time to bag the whole ebook form factor anyway, along with PDF, and move everything to a pure HTML5 format where content producers are free to do what they want as long as it works in the browser. Some work still to be done.

    • Except iBooks has been around for 4 years now. If Apple planned to take it cross-platform they would have by now.

    • Apple with its billions can’t make a success with its store even when it removed price from the equation. It’s a hassle with authors, it’s search is bad. Contrary to what you may think, I don’t think Apple cares. As for ebooks needing an overhaul, I have no problem with them.

  3. It took 2 years for Apple to release a PC version of iTunes.
    The time involved means nothing. Yogi is right.
    And it is plainly obvious ebooks need an overhaul.

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