The Morning Coffee – 15 January 2015

5040454621_41e393ddda_m[1]Must read stories this Thursday morning include a debate over 5 truths _everyone_ talks about, the occupational hazard of blogging, Amazon's jilted landlord, and more.

  • 5 Self-Publishing Truths Few Authors Talk About (The Passive Voice)
  • 7 Stunning iOS Apps For Fiction Lovers (HuffPo)
  • Intentional Insanity: The Occupational Hazard of Writing Online (Betabeat)
  • New York Builder Sues Amazon For $25 Million And Reveals Retailer's New York Plans (Forbes)
  • Publishers Are Lining Up Behind 'Netflix for Books' Services. But Why? (WIRED)
  • What we can learn from UMass Amherst’s decision to select Amazon as its bookstore provider (Akademos)

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About Nate Hoffelder (10619 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."

1 Comment on The Morning Coffee – 15 January 2015

  1. I had a set of expectations for what I would be reading when I read about the occupational hazards of blogging. There was absolutely zero overlap between what I was expecting and what the actual post included. When I think in terms of jez and gawker, and def Salon, I can sort of see what he is writing about. But when I think about who I regularly read (Krugman, Nate, Bill McBride, etc.), it just seems utterly irrelevant. There are a bunch of hazards of blogging that have nothing to do with mindlessly pursuing clickbait (figuring out how to prevent spammy/trolly comments from surfacing without making regular readers go through too many hoops to contribute, managing uncomfortable interactions with authors etc. whose work one reviewed, finding ways to anonymize stories about friends and family so they can be blogged about without completely pissing off everyone one knows, commenting on appalling behavior in a recognizable way without giving more traffic to the bad actors, identifying a focus for a blog while still keeping it broad enough to not become irrelevant over time, recognizing when a subject is so hot that you’re really better off just not saying anything, etc.). Maybe someday I’ll find something about those.

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