The Morning Coffee – 24 November 2014

Top of the morning to you. Bottom of the glass to me.

  • 23 Things I’d Rather Read Than Another Think Piece On What’s “Wrong” With Children’s Literature (BOOK RIOT)
  • 4 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors to Watch Out For (HuffPost)
  • ALLi Launch Ethical Author Code (The Independent Publishing Magazine)
  • How Paperback Books Helped the U.S. Win World War II (WSJ)
  • Re/code’s decision to end reader comments sure to have the digital-first police up in arms (Talking New Media)
  • Royalties, Oh Royalties, Wherefore Art My Royalties? (The Watershed Chronicle)
  • Sproutkin Ditches Its “Netflix For Kids’ Books” Service, Moves Into Digital Subscriptions (TechCrunch)
  • The Week That Was: Ethics Are Not Just for Authors (The Independent Publishing Magazine)
  • This Is How An Ad Gets Placed In Your Facebook News Feed (Buzzfeed)

The Morning Coffee – 21 November 2014

While you are pouring your beverage of choice this Friday morning, check out the stories I have for you. To start, Book Riot asks questions about the Goodreads gender study, and later DigiDay takes a look at how some US web publishers localize their UK sites, and finally JA Konrath closes out the list with his latest post on everything  (and the kitchen sink)that is wrong in publishing this week. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 19 November 2014

The Wednesday morning reading list includes a bunch of stories worth reading, like note-taking on the iPad, booksellers responding to HC’s direct retail efforts, and more.

  • Booksellers Edgy About Harper Direct-Sale Program (PW)
  • Finding More Readers Through Wattpad by Anne Pfeffer (Jane Friedman)
  • How to take dependable notes with the iPhone and iPad (GigaOm)
  • The Self-Publishing Delusion (Writer’s Diary)
  • Vellum ebook publishing app gets update and images (TUAW)

The Morning Coffee – 18 November 2014

Here are 6 stories for you to read this morning.

  • Amazon Won’t Be Earth’s Biggest Bookstore. Facebook Will. (The Passive Voice)
  • Digital rights management: it’s not as if wanting to read is a crime (The Guardian)
  • Malcolm Gladwell: Amazon Has Turned on Us Writers: Video(Bloomberg)
  • Robert Gray: Just Say No to Robot Booksellers (Shelf Awareness)
  • Vice Launching Sci-Fi Site (PW)
  • Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet” (The New Yorker)

The Morning Coffee – 14 November 2014

Must-read stories this morning include a fun take on the differences between American and Caunaudiaun spelling, growing support for e-tax laws, and a critical take on conferences.

  • 6 Key Terms in Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Contract (MarcyKennedy)
  • Amazon, Indies, Barnes & Noble Unite for E-tax Fairness (PW)
  • Anyone else have a problem with Canadian/UK spelling? (YOURS IN STORYTELLING…)
  • The Economist Espresso: Our new daily edition for smartphones (The Economist)
  • On conferences (Studio Tendra)
  • Pitching Literary Festivals, Genre Boundaries And Crime Fiction. With Clare Mackintosh (The Creative Penn)

The Morning Coffee – 13 November 2014

With posts on clickbait, how to deal with critics, and news of Amazon’s victory in the auction for the dotBookTLD, the reading list is short but sweet this morning.

  • Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud (The Register)
  • Digital Census: 10 key findings (The Bookseller)
  • The many different ways publishers define ‘clickbait’ (Digiday)
  • Samsung closing South Korean e-book service in December (ZDNet)
  • You’ve Got Hate Mail: 5 Ways to Deal With Critics by LL Barkat (Jane Freidman)

The Morning Coffee – 12 November 2014

You’ll find a good mix of debate and news in this morning’s list; looking forward to reading your comments.

  • Amazon’s Literary Reputation Takes Another Blow (Vulture)
  • Cory Doctorow: “We’re all sharecroppers in Google’s fields for the rest of eternity” (
  • Electronic dictionaries: What changed because of the move from print to online and apps? (Slate)
  • Ending reader comments is a mistake, even if you are Reuters (GigaOm)
  • We Live in a Clickbait World, And That’s OK (SocialTimes)
  • Why phablets will eventually replace tablets and smartphones (VentureBeat)