The Morning Coffee – 22 October 2014

With only 5 links, there's not much to read this morning, but the demise of another boutique digital publisher, Chuck Wendig's guid on how to respond to a bad review, the Passive Guy's take on Hachette post S&S-Amazon, and the other links are all worth reading.

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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."

5 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 22 October 2014

  1. Some new events in the Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author case: the file was moved to federal court:

    Dear Author also filed its opposition:, along with a subpoena for Google: for this information:

    The federal hearing will be on October 29th at 1:30 pm.

  2. I think really there are one and a half ways to respond to negative reviews:


    Unless the review mentions some error or formatting issue, in which case I think it’s acceptable to

    1) Apologize for the issue.

    2) Offer a free copy of the corrected version, as well as a second copy of any other book in your catalog, as a thank you for reading and demonstration of commitment to reader satisfaction.

    (The above is Exciting Press’ policy regarding negative reviews.)

  3. Just realized:
    November (and the XMAS shopping season) is just around the corner.
    Which means shipping schedules are going to get tighter by the day. Those 2-3 weeks it takes Hachette to ship orders is going to seriously impact the book gifting season. Some may to turn to B&M but some are just going to gift a different book.

    In fact, even if they finally start negotiating now it is going to be pretty hard for Amazon to fully stock up in time for the holidays. There’s 8 weeks left and even a clean negotiation with S&S took 3 weeks and it takes Hachette 2-4 weeks to ship out an order so it is virtually impossible for Amazon to stock up before cyber monday.

    The rest of the year is shot…

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