Morning Coffee – 13 March 2015

4729193047_4266ef4dca_m[1]Here are 6 stories to read this Friday morning.

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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 Morning Coffee – 13 March 2015

  1. Total BooX? Really? That name sounds like the title of an cringeworthy educational TV show from the early 1990s. The sort of thing they’d wheel in the big TV for and make you all watch in silence. The general tone of his speech seems to match those shows as well, just with 21st century social media buzzwords instead of the bright colours and glitter of my childhood.

    That said, the concept seems promising, assuming they can get the pricing right.

    • The problem with charging for only what people use is that the completion rate for a lit of books is less than 60%. Publishers are going to end up losing a lot of money if they go down this road.

      • Not if they raise prices dramatically, which is what the article is looking to justify. The core idea being that if people “typically” only read ten percent of a book they purchase, then anybody reading 10% should pay full current price. And, of course, since anybody reading more is getting more than typical value, they should pay more.

  2. Curse this lack of an edit function. ‘an cringeworthy’? I need more coffee.

  3. The Scholarly Kitchen piece touches on a few interesting ideas but it conflates fiction and non-fiction and it barely alludes to the true intent of the piece. Look carefully past the fiction smoke screen and the buzzwords near the end and it is yet another piece advocating higher book prices for libraries and universities.
    No real interest in aligning publishing practices to consumer needs and habits.

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