The Morning Coffee – 9 October 2014

The reading list this morning ranges from the humorous to the snarky, from the technical to the critical.

  • 5 Things NOT To Include If You Set Your Story In Seattle (Bad Menagerie)
  • Adobe’s Half-Assed Response To Spying On All Your eBooks (Techdirt)
  • Nook and OverDrive partner to provide digital magazines and newspapers to libraries (OverDrive Blogs)
  • Simon & Schuster launches social media initiative with Milq … who? (TeleRead)
  • Verifying our tools; a role for ALA? (Meta Interchange)
  • Who is still blocking text-to-speech access? (I Love My Kindle)

The Morning Coffee – 7 October 2014

The reading list is short this morning.

  • Amazon to face EU investigation over Luxembourg tax deal: FT (Reuters)
  • Apple Facing Trial Over Whether Its Use Of DRM Violated Antitrust Laws (Techdirt)
  • Digital piracy now about access more than cost, says New York Times (TeleRead)
  • Google’s ‘In The News’ Results Box will pull from Reddit (TNW)
  • Have we fallen out of love with e-readers? (The Independent)

The Morning Coffee – 6 October 2014

There are 8 links this morning.

  • [Are the silos winning?] (Scripting News)
  • Check It Out with Michael Kelley: How Libraries Preserve E-books (PW)
  • Daria Morgendorffer’s Reading List (Aerogramme Writers’ Studio)
  • Does Social Media Sell Books? Gillian Flynn’s Agent Gives Her Perspective | (HuffPost)
  • How to get your indie book into Barnes and Noble (Toby Neal)
  • A mixed bag on apps: What The New York Times learned with NYT Opinion and NYT Now (Nieman Journalism Lab)
  • Popular on Amazon: Wildly misleading self-published books about Ebola, by random people without medical degrees (WP)
  • The Story Thus Far: The Sony Pivot (The Passive Voice)

The Morning Coffee – 3 October 2014

Here are 8 stories to read this Friday morning, including yet another call for Amazon to be investigated for antitrust violations, Google removing snippets from their search results in Germany, Chuck Wendig’s satirical take on branding, and more.

  • Authors Guild Calls for Antitrust Scrutiny of Amazon (PW)
  • Google Removes News Snippets From Complaining Publications In Germany; Publications Claim It’s ‘Blackmail’ (Techdirt)
  • HarperCollins offers authors higher royalties for direct sales (TeleRead)
  • How To Brand Yourself As A Writer — Wait! No! As An “Author” (terribleminds: chuck wendig)
  • Little Critter Library is a Kid’s eBook Subscription App for iOS (The eBook Reader Blog)
  • No, I don’t want to read your self-published book (The Passive Voice)
  • The Perfect Bookstore Loses to Amazon (Go To Hellman)
  • Why Amazon Can’t Refuse to Sell Hachette Titles — and Hachette Can’t Refuse to Supply Amazon (Transplanting a Seattleite)

The Morning Coffee – 2 October 2014

Here are six stories to read this morning.

  • Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services? (TeleRead)
  • AuthorRise Shows Promise for Indie Writers by Frances Caballo (The Book Designer)
  • A note about confidentiality clauses (Courtney Milan’s Blog)
  • The NYT admits its app strategy has holes, pulls plug on one app, puts users of another on notice | (TNM)
  • Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design (Smashing Magazine)
  • What About Hachette’s Responsibility? (The Watershed Chronicle)

The Morning Coffee – 1 October 2014

The reading list is slightly longer today, and includes a paean against publishing a first novel, responses to Mike Shatzkin’s latest missive, and more.

  • Bookstores, publishers sue to stop law against “revenge porn” (Ars Technica)
  • Four Methods For Choosing What To Read Next (BOOK RIOT)
  • The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries (Times of San Diego)
  • How NOT To Publish Your First Novel (IAIN RYAN)
  • The motivation of the publisher-bashing commentariat is what I cannot figure out (The Passive Voice)
  • Pearson’s REVEL aims to replace the traditional textbook [Educause 2014] (Education Dive)
  • Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online ()

The Morning Coffee – 30 September 2014

The reading list is short this Tuesday morning.

The Morning Coffee – 26 September 2014

The Friday morning reading list includes Porter Andersen’s editorial on the wrongness of bypassing paywalls, a UK survey on reading habits, the stalled Finnish ebook market, and more.

  • CNN Does Not Get to Cherrypick the Rules of Journalism (Esquire)
  • How Self-Published Authors Can Improve Our Industry (Molly Greene: Writer)
  • It’s called a page-turner, not a “swipe” turner (Carly Lo Verde)
  • Lee Child Chimes In (The Passive Voice)
  • Nearly three quarters of young people prefer print (The Bookseller)
  • One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service (GigaOm)
  • Publishers blame high taxes for slow e-book sales (Yle Uutiset |
  • Rip Off Your Friends By Dodging the Paywall (Scratch)