Morning Coffee – 1 July 2015

5478688211_7c9ca4d60c_bHere are nine stories to read this morning.

  • 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-publishing (Word Nerds)
  • Apple's mistake was getting into bed with the book-publishing cartel (Fortune)
  • Does Amazon’s New Payment Scheme Require Literary Surveillance? (The Passive Voice)
  • Google Expands Its Educational Platform “Classroom” With A New API, Share Button For Websites (TechCrunch)
  • National curriculum is damaging children's creative writing, say authors | Books (The Guardian)
  • Plus ça change (@4fifty1)
  • Reader surveys that show print preferred over digital not worth the paper they are printed on (Talking New Media)
  • Russians Who Read Still Prefer Print Over Ebooks (Publishing Perspectives)
  • The World's 57 Largest Book Publishers, 2015 (PW)

image by James Cridland

About Nate Hoffelder (11222 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."

11 Comments on Morning Coffee – 1 July 2015

  1. Thanks for mentioning me!

    • Just wanted to note that it’s great to see these kinds of articles. It’s so easy to forget, when one knows so much about indie publishing and the process, that sometimes “Hire an editor and cover designer” still isn’t common knowledge.

  2. I wonder if the author of the Fortune piece realizes that the evidence they cite actually proves Apple *wasn’t* an innocent victims of the publishing cartel?

    • He also thinks Apple was trying to enter the “book publishing” market, and that all the publishers settled. Given that, it’s not too surprising he can see Apple as an innocent lamb led astray.

    • Apparently he didn’t. That’s unfortunate, because Ingram is usually better than that.

      • But he’s working/freelancing(?) with Phillip Elmer-DeWitt and Roger Parloff these days, neither of whom struck me as very objective when editorializing on the case. I always called them Streitfeld #2 and #3 when trying to read their work.

        • Thanks, I didn’t catch the detail that Ingram was working wither other writers. That does change things. I don’t always agree with him but I don’t recall that he had ever called Amazon innocent before.

          ” Streitfeld #2 and #3 ”


          • At Fortune-

            Elmer-DeWitt and Parloff are listed as senior editors.

            Ingram is listed as a senior writer.

            Jeff John Roberts is listed as a writer.

            Maybe one of the first two edited Ingram’s article. In the meantime, I think I’ll go find out what Laura Hazard Owen is doing these days.

          • She’s at Nieman Journalism lab now. Here’s her latest article.

            But don’t leave me! Please?

  3. National curriculum is damaging children’s creative writing, say authors ….
    This means, they say, that children are taught “not to use simple words such as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘small’ or ‘big’ but to always find other more ‘interesting’ words to replace them – such as ‘wonderful’, ‘terrible’, ‘minuscule’ or ‘enormous’”.

    This is a good point. It is preferable to use plain, direct words which say as much as possible in as little space as possible. It is easier to give a speech using plain, simple words, than “flowery” words, as plain, simple words are more easily remembered. Brief, concise, and to the point- as one of my professors once said.

    Though as a child I was accused of using too complicated words, this was not a consequence of my seeking to use complicated words per se, but that I was using words I encountered in my extensive reading.

  4. Thanks for the link to Laura’s article.

    Are you sure about the other? I’m an ad blocker! I did just disable it on your site though as yours wasn’t one causing me trouble. I totally forgot to do that earlier.

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