The Morning Coffee – 28 July 2014

There are 8 links on the reading list this morning, including a post on how to save books, a review of the 3 ebook subscription services in the US, socialism as a rescuer of the publishing industry, and more.

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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."

4 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 28 July 2014

  1. The Fever Dreams piece is amusing.
    He didn’t want to buy Amazon so he ended up at a used book store. Which provides zero income to authors or publishers. Yes, let’s see more of that. 🙂

    • I was amused by both that and the sense of privilege in “Oh, just go to your local used bookstore or indie.”

      Sure, I’ll jump right on that – the nearest indie bookstore is two hours away by train, their selection sucks, and their prices are astronomical (I can buy a new paper book from Amazon, and after shipping it’ll probably still come out cheaper than buying a used copy of the same book there; Kindle – or other e- – books are cheaper still, of course. Plus the author gets whatever pittance they negotiated from their masters in NY, unlike a used copy, which nets the author nothing.) But hey! By paying more money, none of which is going to the author, I’m doing my part to save the future of writing, right?

  2. Nice array of articles Nate!

    Liked the Fever Dreams piece, reminded me of shopping for used books at Half Price Books (since the early 80s). How his boys were introduced to paper copy books and chose titles was really cute.

    But most, esp liked REVIEW of the eBook Subscription Services (Dear Author). Author does a nice comparison job, and yet also pointed out the exclusive strictures on small self-published authors vs other writers.

    Comment thread is interesting, lot of library folk.

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