Morning Coffee – 6 July 2016

27832751110_9f30fe0720_hHere are eight stories to read this morning.

  1. Amazon Is Quietly Eliminating List Prices (The New York Times)
  2. Amazon KDP and Kindle Unlimited: What It Means for Authors and Publishers (Written Word Media)
  3. 'Bright orange beasty' Trump gets his own picture book  (The Guardian)
  4. Documentary About Freeing Happy Birthday From Copyfraud Comes Out Day After Song Declared Public Domain (Techdirt)
  5. Hyphen is nearly the best DRM-free ePub reader available for iOS (Teleread)
  6. So what is the deal with distribution and what do you need to know? (Hey, There's A Dead Guy in the Living Room)
  7. Was Roald Dahl the Best Children’s Author of All Time? (The Daily Beast)
  8. Why is Hollywood ignoring this incredible black science fiction writer? (Fusion)

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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."

12 Comments on Morning Coffee – 6 July 2016

  1. About the Octavia Butler piece:

    Because the best and most thoughtful SF does not transfer well to video. And most certainly not Hollywood-style video.

    Heinlein doesn’t get his stories made into movies. (And, no, the hack job of STARSHIP TROOPERS doesn’t count.
    Asimov doesn’t. (Ditto for NIGHTFALL and I, ROBOT.)
    Clarke got 2001 made because he wrote it with Kubrick.
    Lensmen has never made it to production.
    Foundation? Nope.
    Honor Harrington never got there. (Got a couple of comics, though.)
    Dune got butchered.
    Philip K. Dick made it…except the movies barely resemble his stories.

    Butler is in good company.
    And it’s probably a good thing.

    • Heinlein doesn’t get his stories made into movies.

      What about “All You Zombies”? Or, “Puppet Masters”?

      • Were they anywhere as good as the book or were they butchered like STARSHIP TROOPERS?
        Movies are too short to do justice to the best SF. And on occasion, idiot directors corrupt the whole point of the book.

        Now, TV miniseries can on occassion get close to the book. But even those get iffy.

        • “Puppet Masters” was not awful. It was less than completely faithful, but it was not awful.

          And OMG, are you telling me that you haven’t seen “Predestination”? You HAVE to see it. It’s one of those movies which could not possibly be as good as it is.

  2. Nate, goodereaders says that Amazon is developing a kindle 8″ liquavista screen for October or November… what’s your opinion?

    • Where’s the Kobo device they said we would get for Mother’s Day this year? What about the new Voyage and new basic Kindle we were supposed to get last November?

      I could list a bunch of other examples, but basically this Liquavista Kindle story is just as bogus as the other “hardware leaks” reported by that site. They make up these stories out of whole cloth.

    • That doesn’t even make sense. Why would Amazon release a premium ereader and then within just a few months release another one? Goodereader site is the master of click bait and they never apologize for the mountains of lies they spew. And people still keep going and reading their content!? Why are you doing this? It’s the definition of insanity.

  3. Maybe you are right… but hopefully. They have to hit, haven’t they? 🙂

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