The Morning Coffee – 21 October 2014

With a sermon from Konrath, the death of digital magazines, and a debate over whether authors should convert their own ebooks or hire it out, the reading list is quite short this Tuesday morning.

  •  Amazon Will Slash Your Royalties!  (A Newbie's Guide to Publishing)
  • Apple updates iBooks Author, adds in support for importing ePub and InDesign files (TNM)
  • Are Digital Magazines Dead? (WIRED)
  • Should You Convert Your Ebook Yourself, Or Hire A Professional? (Learn Out Live!)
  • Why the subscription dream of a ‘Netflix for books’ still has its limits (The Observer)

About Nate Hoffelder (11466 Articles)
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 – 21 October 2014

  1. Konrath’s socratic snark can be amusing but sometimes it gets in the way of what should be a compelling argument by itself: that the best way to keep Amazon from dominating trade publishing, if that is your goal, is to make your offerings more attractive to authors and readers. Compete, dammit!

    Higher royalties and better customer experiences would go a long way towards leveling the playing field. Certainly it would be a lot more productive than hollow screeds and whining.

    • Oh, and the Observer article somehow manages to miss the whole point of subscription services: yeah, you don’t get to keep the books (or videos or music or…) because they’re *rental* services.
      No pay, no service…

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