The Morning Coffee – 10 September 2014 (the Apple-Free Edition)

Your reading list this morning includes a set of apps for writers, a chart of the rise and fall of B&N's digital revenues, Cory Doctorow's latest editorial, and more.

  • 6 Great Apps to Help You Write (Mediashift)
  • Charting Nook’s Decline (DBW)
  • Cory Doctorow: Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law  (Locus Online Perspectives)
  • Reading insecurity: The crippling fear that the digital age has left you unable to read deeply (Slate)
  • A Second Look At The Giant Garbage Pile That Is Online Media, 2014 (The Dish)
  • Social media self-promotion for writers Lesson One: Do not beat up on your readers (TeleRead)
  • Stop Lying About Your Favorite Books on Facebook (HuffPost)
  • Taking A Long-Overdue Sledgehammer To The Public Library (Fast Company)

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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."

10 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 10 September 2014 (the Apple-Free Edition)

  1. AltheGreatandPowerful // 10 September, 2014 at 1:55 am // Reply

    I should know by now not to bother reading articles from Slate, but I did. What a waste of time, no, what a waste of skin! Please find Katy Waldman a job where she doesn’t have to read, because it seems that that is just too hard for her and too many of her generation. Luckily, the new breed of digital natives will rise to replace Katy and the other short-attention-span knuckleheads, because they can apparently read on every platform. What a load of tripe!

    • Well, you did give fair warning that the Slate article was a waste of time. It was. Toward the end, she gives lip service (or should that be “text service?”) to the possibility that her whole premise was flawed when she wrote “I also realize, typing this confession of pathological distractibility, that I may be pining for an Eden of immersive focus that never existed.” She should have drawn that conclusion. Pining for an idyllic past is selective memory. The author doesn’t really look old enough to properly remember the “old days.” I can…they weren’t better or particularly different. If people want to read, they read. She uses a 50-cent word “prelapsarian” to describe the pre-internet days. Really, those days were an “unspoiled Eden?” Guffaw. The phrase “flickering screen” was amusing. Maybe she needs to get rid of that 20 year old, 50 pound CRT she’s using, because no current screens flicker. (If they do, they should be junked.) When she dragged out the bogus study by the Norwegian researcher proclaiming the superiority of print over digital, she totally lost her case. (No mention was made of the fact that only two of the fifty test subjects had ever used a Kindle.) On the bright side, several of the comments were quite thoughtful.

  2. Did anyone else notice the following in the Doctorrow column?:

    … in which Amazon has simply stopped carrying Hachette e-books in its Kindle store…

    Is this correct? I didn’t think Amazon had monkeyed with ebooks, but rather just the paper.

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