Morning Coffee – 11 July 2016

28112885191_fbad52c74f_hHere are seven stories to read this morning.

  1. Ebooks and ‘the tyranny of messaging and notifications’ (Teleread)
  2. Fair Use Threatens Innovation, Copyright Holders Warn (TorrentFreak)
  3. How to Host a Vintage Library-Themed Party (Book Riot)
  4. Publishing’s scary self-delusion (madgeniusclub)
  5. Twenty Years Ago, Trolling Was Repeatedly Posting ‘Meow’ in Usenet Groups (Motherboard)
  6. Why Do Ebooks Cost So Much? (Amazing Stories)
  7. Why we need Reading Mode on our Smartphones instead of Flight Mode (Eboocz)

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About Nate Hoffelder (11463 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."

1 Comment on Morning Coffee – 11 July 2016

  1. On the why ebooks cost so much article… well the article doesn’t answer the question. Mostly just berates readers for not seeing the value in paying full price. We should all be good little boys and girls and say “shut up and take my money!”

    But actually dismissing the comparison to print prices is stupid. An ebook is overpriced if I can buy the same book new in print for significantly less. For example I’m currently reading Zero Point by Neal Asher. The kindle edition is $14, and I found it on trade paperback new for $2.50 + shipping. By Michael Sullivan’s reasoning the kindle edition is not a rip-off, but to me it clearly is. It doesn’t matter that agency pricing is keeping the ebook price up, all that matters to me is that I can buy two if not three books in print for the price of one ebook.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with buying any ebook that is $10 or under. But we are all right to feel that if it’s not matched or cheaper than the print copy than we’re being ripped off.

    The fact that royalties are bad for authors is not my problem. At least when I buy the ebook the author receives some money. If I buy it second hand or check it out of the library the author receives nothing. I think that alot of ereaders are the avid readers that previously were buying second hand and using the library. Getting royalties from those readers is a good thing even if you have to price ebooks lower than you want.

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