The Morning Coffee – 7 August 2014

Kick off your reading this Thursday morning with a eulogy for the novel, libraries, and literature, the end of free ebooks as an effective promotion tool, the launch of the Nook Glowlight in the UK, and more.

  • Aiming to Be the Netflix of Books ()
  • Amazon Fire Phone sales: 2014’s biggest flop already? (BGR)
  • Author Entrepreneur. How To Sell Books And Products Direct To Customers (The Creative Penn)
  • Google News Gives Publishers More Control Over How It Indexes Their Sites (TechCrunch)
  • Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Stuffing (Michael Bunker)
  • Nook brings Glowlight Reader to UK (The Bookseller)
  • RIP: The Novel, Literature, and Everything Else (BOOK RIOT)
  • Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads (The Atlantic)

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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 – 7 August 2014

  1. Michael Bunker’s article really makes me re-think having some titles free. I have them available to libraries (if they can ever get there, and can be found). Plus it’s a nice post on how and why Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited are the current wave. Like the strawberry fields analogy too. All in all, important post. – thanks!

  2. The NYTimes article re ebook subscriptions does cover the current big 3, Scribd, Oyster, and KU, which is nice to see, and does see them as a natural evolution applied to books, but says,

    “But there is a hitch, and it is a big one: While the services each offer hundreds of thousands of books, many newer books are not yet available through these subscriptions.” –

    Which is only true if you’re only interested in new books from the big publishers.

    Evidently, more and more of the best selling most read books are from indies, and they’re either available on Scribd and Oyster, or Kindle Unlimited (because currently KU requires exclusivity from the smaller authors in its program).

    None of this is mentioned.

    In her features overview, she also ignores Oyster and Scribd’s ability to read online, but does mention it for KU.

    Plus, her purely cost analysis of – if you read enough for a subscription to be worth while – also ignores one of the most important benefits of having a subscription, whether it be Netflix, in music, or books: the ability to browse and explore.

    Wanted to leave a comment there, but option not offered.

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