Morning Coffee – 15 May 2015

10470758366_e2a5e3f238_bMust read stories this Friday morning include a survey which revealed that readers hate Goodreads, a plea for peace in the publishing industry, a critique of the Author Earnings Report, and more.

  • Authors asking for reviews: the readers speak out. (And, FYI, they HATE Goodreads.) ()
  • Can't Everyone In The Publishing Industry Just Get Along? | LitReactor)
  • Google’s Vint Cerf Warns Against Fragmentation of Internet (WSJ)
  • In a Mother’s Library, Bound in Spirit and in Print ()
  • Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they ARE the problem (QuirksBlog)
  • Why I'm breaking up with Google Chrome (RW)
  • Why the ‘Author Earnings Report’ is Misleading (Oscar Bernie's Bookshelf)

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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."

4 Comments on Morning Coffee – 15 May 2015

  1. Turns out there is less to the anti-AE piece than appears at first glance.
    The guy showed up on TPV and it turns out he doesn’t understand sampling.
    And his core argument is that Indies can’t possibly have that big a market share because his grandmother would never buy Indie.

    It’s all vague assertions, hand-waving, and projections, pretending the AE reports are something they clearly say they’re not.

    He got dissected:
    http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/why-the-author-earnings-report-is-misleading/#comment-301305

    Repeatedly.
    He is, stubborn, though.

    • Damn. I had that link, but didn’t go back to see how the story played out. Thanks.

      • It’s still running.
        290 and counting.
        They’re bending over backwards to try to see some logic in his points but so far they’re either non-sequiturs, strawmen, or just totally wrong.

        I don’t think he’s a “data guy” at all.

  2. Now, the lit reactor piece is nice and balanced.

    But it glosses over the matter of predatory tradpub contracts. It’s not just a matter of money but rather the length of contract and the added clauses (non-compete, deep-discount, etc) that make tradpub contracts dangerous for new authors.

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