It’s Time For Something New

I've had the greatest fun running this blog for the past six years, but over the past few months I've come to realize that it's time for me to move on.

I'm still trying to decide on the path I will take in the next stage of my life, so any advice, pointers to opportunities, or suggestions would be deeply appreciated. I am reachable by email, or on Twitter.

All I know at this point is that I will likely be writing less on the blog. The link posts will continue, but the other posts will have to come second to whatever project I work on next.

If you'd like to meet in person, I will be at DBW in a few weeks, and at BEA in Chicago in May. (I will also attend a couple DC-area edtech conferences, COSN and Computers in Libraries.) I would love to buy you coffee.

About Nate Hoffelder (11371 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."

49 Comments on It’s Time For Something New

  1. Thank you for being there. Whatever you’re doing next, I’m sure it will be just as fun and useful. And it’s not like I have any reason to cancel my subscription. 😉

  2. Why is it time for you to move on? Are you getting bored of the subject…revenues not good…or is there a burning desire for something else?

    Since you’re not sure what that something else is, I’d be a little wary of this move.

    I’d be surprised if a more reputable (high-paying) site didn’t pick you up.

  3. Sorry to hear that as I enjoy the blog regularly, but I know how it is. Best of luck with whatever’s next!

  4. Sorry you’ll be shutting down The Digital Reader. It’s the source of a lot of provocative ideas (but good luck on your future endeavors).

  5. Good luck. You’ve always had interesting bits and pieces on the site that I will miss. Is part of the reason for cutting back the loss of advertising revenue? And why not do a meet up at Politics and Prose one evening for DC residents to thank you personally?

  6. Any indication to what sort of new? In case we have contacts?

  7. Truly a loss. Was always interested to see what you were talking about on any given day. Best of luck. I’m sure, at some future date, I’ll be pleasantly surprised to see your name in the byline of an interesting article.

  8. Nate, I’ll certainly miss your terrific articles.

    In terms of exploring other avenues, you’re a terrific writer. Have you considered self-publishing yourself? Probably non-fiction but whatever you might enjoy. Goodness knows you know a lot about the business. Some of your editorials are incredibly detailed and well paced. You could almost put together a book or two about self-publishing or ebook marketing with a cut and paste of your previous work. But it’s also clear you can write a lot of words every day, often with amazing research and reporting. Why not crank out a few ebooks for sale on whatever topic you want?

  9. How about this idea…
    apply at KDP to be a publisher-advocate/champion? It might provide a great reality check to Amazon. 🙂

  10. Nate, I wish you success in your next thing, and I hope you still posts links on this blog.

  11. Nate- I really appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into this blog. As an aspiring author the information you’ve provided has been top notch. Whether it was a link to an article or something you wrote, it was always good. Best of everything in whatever is next for you.
    Catch you on the Twitterverse …

  12. I am really going to miss reading the blog. 🙁 Best wishes in your next adventure! I know you will be a success at whatever you decide to do!

  13. All the best to you in your new endeavours, Nate! I have appreciated your contributions over the years.

  14. Nate – this has been one of my ‘must read’ blogs! Truly appreciate the hard work you’ve put into The Digital Reader. Best of luck in the next chapter of your life.

  15. I wish you the best of luck and I’m sure that you will be a success no matter what you end up doing.

    You created the best ebook blog on the web and I hope you are proud of what you have done. While there are a few ebook blogs still running, nobody has the insightful commentary and scrupulous integrity that you display. I remember the days when you just started up and were way behind, and finally surpassed, TeleRead! Good work!

    Paul Biba, former Editor-In-Chief, Teleread.com
    For personally curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news by the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead follow me on Twitter: @paulkbiba

  16. Nate – I’ve enjoyed your blog and consider it one of the best. That said, for a long time, I changed jobs every 4 years because I’d get bored. So, although I’ll miss your ereader-oriented posts, I applaud your desire to try something new. Enjoy what’s to come!

  17. Maybe after all these years, our common topic (e-ink technologies, ebooks, etc.) is in a terminal stagnation. The hardware part for sure it is, and the software one… is a commodity. No more, no less.

    I am specially sad since I was very optimistic with EPD displays and ereaders in all kind of education, from school to college, from developed world to underdeveloped one

    I almost don’t post about it since several semester. I didn’t give up entirelly, but there are no news who really catch my attention.

    ALthough I’m pretty said for saying this, I’m afraid that our common topics are almost not worth of our attention. It’s too late for a meaningful change or restart.

    I’m afraid that your move is the correct one. I have been reading your blog since “always” and for sure I’ll miss it, but it’s a totally rational movement

  18. Sorry to see you go. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

  19. Looked in every day. It will be like missing a step… every morning. Good luck!

  20. Will really miss your posts. Your site is one of my favorites. Best wishes for your next endeavor.

  21. Good luck with whatever you do next. You will be missed.

  22. Grrrr!

  23. Thank you Nate , you have been my go to guy through Sony readers etc. You performed an excellent , non profit based service. Please post on FB page when you next surface ! Life is what happens while you are making other plans J. Lennon. Fair Winds and Following seas.

  24. Please, if possible, continue the Morning Coffee posts. I don’t know how I’ll down my cup of Columbian without you! Thanks so much for so many interesting mornings. Good luck wherever you land.

  25. Restlessness is an occupational hazard of the very clever and broadly-interested. I’ll certainly miss you, Nate, but I understand and wish you the very best.
    — Will O’Neil

  26. You will be sorely missed Nate. I have been addicted to this blog for the past two years. I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do next.

  27. Well, best of luck to you then! As a frequent visitor over the years I will miss your postings here a lot.
    But I’m sure you’ll show up somewhere else with something worth having a look at. Thanks for the work you put in this blog!

  28. Best wishes. I will miss this blog and it’s viewpoints!

  29. I come every day and will miss this blog. I would like to thank you for every articles you write. I know that you will have a good performance in your next project too.

  30. It just goes to prove that we can’t have nice things. Your email is at the top of my early morning reading and something I look forward to when I first get up. I hope the future is bright for you!

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