The Morning Coffee – 5 August 2014

The reading list this Tuesday morning kicks off with a college student's take on digital textbooks, a guide to managing your ebook library in Google Play Books, and the problems Google faces in complying with the right to be forgotten laws in Europe. Other must read stories include O'Reilly's acquisition of Safari Books Online, a TV interview of Mark Coker and Hugh Howey,  and more.

  • China Book Market Snapshot: Bestsellers, E-publishing, Translation (Publishing Perspectives)
  • E-readers may edge out traditional print, despite learning quality (The Red and Black)
  • Google Play Books 101: Managing your library (Android Central)
  • Google Struggling With Right To Be Forgotten Requests - Will Now Delete Wikipedia Page From Search Results (Techdirt)
  • LeapFrog Buys Kid’s Web Browser Maker KidZui (TechCrunch)
  • Losing my Amazon Religion (stratechery by Ben Thompson)
  • O'Reilly purchases Pearson's stake in Safari (O'Reilly Radar)
  • Publishers Aren’t Paying Authors Enough: Coker & Howey (Bloomberg TV)
  • Publishers Still Waiting For The Tablet Revolution (MediaPost)
  • Small Publisher Said It Took 18 Months to Reach Deal With Amazon (WSJ)
  • The Third Front—Apple Enters the Fray (A Writer's Chronicles)

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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."

2 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 5 August 2014

  1. I hope the article “Losing my Amazon Religion (stratechery by Ben Thompson)” doesn’t get blasted for having a wishlist of concerns about a great company.
    http://stratechery.com/2014/losing-amazon-religion/

    This is a fabulously balanced article. Maybe Digital Reader can do one of its commentary-review posts highlighting it.

    The article recounts the rise and great moves by Amazon, reminding me of both my own experience in those beginning years, and, with a little perspective, how it compares well with my giddy experience of the rise of Apple.

    Then he begins to share his concerns : “I’m concerned about the internal incentives that Amazon is creating for itself. Amazon is increasingly competing with its suppliers, particularly in the digital space, and I just noted that potential partners like Apple are instead rivals.”

    Yet readily admits where he’s been wrong in the past.

    Yes, very balanced post.

    • And I meant to add, but am hurrying this morning, where I disagree with Ben is, I think the real gamble, not just for Amazon but also for Apple and Netflix and others, is not only getting into the multi-media mindset of consumers, but scoring that all important hit.

      In this respect, Amazon is like the rest of us indies –

      Always hopeful of success.

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