Morning Coffee – 16 April 2018

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  1. Publishers Weekly Includes Two Vanity Publishers in its List of Fast-Growing Independent Presses (Writer Beware
  2. The perfect crimes: why thrillers are leaving other books for dead (Guardian
  3. Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years (The Atlantic
  4. How Beethoven’s ‘mistake’ became one of our most famous tunes (The Conversation
  5. The Billion-Dollar Romance Fiction Industry Has A Diversity Problem (NPR
  6. ‘You are what you read’ book on constructive journalism surpasses its crowdfunding target (

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Frank16 April, 2018

    Nate, your recent post about “with-talk-to-books-google-wants-to-replace-english-lit-professors” does not display properly.

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 April, 2018

      It looks okay to me. What do you see?

  2. Frank16 April, 2018

    Your other pages work fine, but the “Talk to Books” article I see:

    **deleted a lot of stuff**

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 April, 2018

      I think it’s a caching issue.

  3. Anonymous!16 April, 2018

    RE: the question in the article, “Seriously, PW? Why do you keep doing this?”

    Probably because the publishers paid for ads, so PW gives them a nod. PW, another thing that’s just a joke.

  4. Scott16 April, 2018

    RE: “Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years”

    One thing to consider is that they haven’t gotten worse, so considering the tyranny of technology that has arisen in that time, not losing ground should maybe be seen as a small marvel.

    Also, maybe school systems should actually encourage students to excel in reading, not just to “do better.” From 4th to 6th grades my daughter consistently tested in the top 1% or 2% in the national standardized tests, but because she was only ever in the top 20% or so of math scores, and STEM interests drive all the gifted programs, the school system could do nothing for her in terms of providing reading assignments that met her level and kept her interest. We opted her out of all tests at that point.


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