The Morning Coffee – 4 November 2014

The reading list is short this morning, but it includes a good mix of controversy and good news – looking forward to reading your comments.

  • Book minnow opens new chapter in publishing (Telegraph)
  • A good subscription for the ebook industry: Making books social ()
  • Moscow metro opens virtual library of Russian classical literature (The Guardian)
  • There is no war between Amazon and Traditional Publishing (Studio Tendra)
  • UK Museums and Libraries Protest Outdated Copyright Laws (TorrentFreak)

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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."

7 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 4 November 2014

  1. AltheGreatandPowerful // 3 November, 2014 at 11:18 pm // Reply

    Baldur Bjarnason is an idiot. He apparently hates writing, though he slogs on foisting his blathering on us, the poor readers. I WISH he would put his money where his mouth is and just stop. Seriously, Mister B, if it hurts you so bad, please put an end to your (and our) suffering and find something better to do. Spare us.

    His lead-in was fine, if only he’d stopped after paragraph three he’d be lauded for his insightful prose. But then he stopped to rant and lost it all. Bah. Why did I bother reading it after his last stupid rant? I am DONE with him.

  2. You often lead in to your morning coffee collections with “short one today” or “not much today” or something similar. If instead you said “here’s a few good ones” you would give a better starting impression of your post. When a person opens with “this next thing is weak”, that’s their audience’s perception – maybe try something else?

    This morning, perhaps you could have said “a good mix of controvery and good news – looking forward to reading your comments”.

  3. AltheGreatandPowerful // 4 November, 2014 at 9:37 am // Reply

    I don’t get a bad impression from his phrase, it’s just a statement of fact… some days you don’t find much in the trap.

  4. AltheGreatandPowerful // 4 November, 2014 at 11:31 am // Reply

    William Ockham pointed out on TPV that Bjarnason had a much more reasoned follow-up post, so let me rephrase my initial rant:

    Baldur Bjarnason is a troll. He apparently hates us, the poor readers. I WISH he would find something better to do. Bah. Why did I bother reading it after his last stupid rant? I am DONE with him.

    • TBH I wrote off the second half of his post as more nonsense about authors by someone who wasn’t one. he expresses fond memories of a time which never existed, and then attributes run of the mill bad behavior as being caused by the decline in professionalism.

      Given what I have heard about authors behaving badly over the past 50 years, I am not convinced there has really been a change – or at least one which is distinguishable from the usual internet behavior.

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