The Morning Coffee – 19 February 2015

3198627048_91f72806dd_m[1]Thursday's reading list begins with a paper tiger Amazon competitor, ends with 9 surprising Shakespeare adaptations, and packs 5 stories in between.

  • Amazon Challenger Jet.com Raises $140 Million Ahead Of Launch (Forbes)
  • Blog aggregator Notey raises $1.6M from Xiaomi VP and more (Tech in Asia)
  • Digital Books Are Up in the Air (American Libraries Magazine)
  • Indie Bookstores Fill Void Left by Borders (PW)
  • On Pretending to Be a "Real" Reader (BookRiot)
  • Story Tropes Bingo for (Almost) Every Genre (Book Riot)
  • The Two Hours' Traffic of Our Stage: 9 Films You May Not Know are Shakespeare Adaptations (LitReactor)

image by Hryck.

About Nate Hoffelder (11598 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."

4 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 19 February 2015

  1. Nate, I assume you think Jet will be a “paper tiger Amazon competitor.” I find that interesting. If Jet is a “paper tiger” even though it has a savvy CEO and clearly can attract financing, and Jet cannot succeed against Amazon even with those advantages, how can anyone seriously make the argument that the way to keep Amazon from monopolizing ebooks is to just open an online ebookstore and beat Amazon at its own game — which has been the claim for years. Either Amazon can be beaten at its own game or it can’t.

    • The hype surrounding Jet reminds me of the tech bubble of the late 90s. The company hasn’t actually done anything, and yet it is worth a billion dollars.

      But even if it does have something up its sleeve, I don’t see it as a serious threat to Amazon. At best it is going to be Amazon’s next acquisition target, but I think it’s more likely that Jet’s idea for a multi-retailer membership program is unworkable. It’s also not new, and I wouldn’t describe any of the existing similar efforts as threats to Amazon.

    • Apple had 75% of the download music market and while that % is steady the download music market dropped 13% last year with the streaming market steadily increasing. The same market forces could come into play for Amazon especially if the publishers do not allow subscriptions for Amazon but do for its competitors.

  2. Story Tropes Bingo for (Almost) Every Genre (Book Riot) – animals that are landscape, sexy lamp test – and way way more, nice link, Nate. Thanks!

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