The Morning Coffee – 26 September 2014

The Friday morning reading list includes Porter Andersen's editorial on the wrongness of bypassing paywalls, a UK survey on reading habits, the stalled Finnish ebook market, and more.

  • CNN Does Not Get to Cherrypick the Rules of Journalism (Esquire)
  • How Self-Published Authors Can Improve Our Industry (Molly Greene: Writer)
  • It’s called a page-turner, not a “swipe” turner (Carly Lo Verde)
  • Lee Child Chimes In (The Passive Voice)
  • Nearly three quarters of young people prefer print (The Bookseller)
  • One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service (GigaOm)
  • Publishers blame high taxes for slow e-book sales (Yle Uutiset |
  • Rip Off Your Friends By Dodging the Paywall (Scratch)

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5 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 26 September 2014

  1. Yes CNN. And no one mentions how CNN is compromised by taking big sponsorship $$ from Qatar.
    For example it probably will surprise you that one of the people responsible for the World Cup 2022 dangerous building practices is none other than Albert Speer’s son.
    Watch his video –
    No, I don’t think the video was directed by Leni Riefenstahl

  2. And for comparison, here is the movie by his father abut the 1936 Nazi Olympics:

    CNN (and for that matter Obama-Kerry) should be questioned for associating themselves so closely with Qatar and their dubious friends.

  3. Interesting article about paywalls. I have not seen people posting copies of paywall-protected content before, but I have seen numerous examples of ways to get around them. It never occured to me before that this is similar to pirating products.

    Paywalls have a problem – they are trying to get people to pay for things that used to be free. Music, movies, television, comic books and books were never broadly given away by their owners on the Internet, while news papers were. This is never going to be popular.

    I do not mind paying for content, but I do consider the current $10/month (average) price for each Canadian newspaper online to be far too high. The quality of the stories have fallen badly, the writing is increasingly inflammatory to draw clicks and encourage posting (more clicks), and worst of all, many seem to be advertising masquerading as news. $10/month for high-quality journalism is one reasonable, but that is not what they are offering – what they are offering is little better than what you find on free blogs the world over.

    I think Amazon’s subscription for books may be the best solution for news papers – pay a fee for access to collectect content, and the authors divide up the revenue based on what was actually read. (I hate this as an approach to getting books, but it makes sense for short-length news and opinion articles.)

  4. The Lee Child post from Joe that PG links to has some interesting give and take between the two, plus responses from Child to several commentators. Joe has kept a really civil atmosphere in the comments, creating some interesting conversation.

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