Morning Coffee – 10 August 2018

Morning Coffee - 10 August 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Friday morning.

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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."

9 Comments on Morning Coffee – 10 August 2018

  1. Richard Hershberger // 10 August, 2018 at 10:14 am // Reply

    That essay on digital presses is very odd. The suspicion with non-traditionally published books is that we, the readers, are being asked to pay to read the slush pile. Sometimes this is unfair, but often it is. This essay unintentionally makes the “slush pile” case, with non sequiturs, weird paragraph breaks, sentence fragments, ambiguous pronoun antecedents, et cetera. It is, in short, badly written. It also clearly is unedited. Minimally competent copy editing would have fixed many of the problems.

    Yes, I know that J. K. Rowling got a bunch of rejections. That tells us something interesting about traditional publishing. But what exactly? I’m not sure, but I know that it does not tell me that I want to read the slush pile.

  2. Yeah, the slant on the “Build Your Own Small Press” is amusing if not exactly surprising. Of course one of the major callouts is “A self-publisher is just a publisher who ended up not becoming a publisher.”

    When really it’s the opposite: “self-publishing” is a small press founded by one author whose list consists solely of his or her own books. And that’s where a lot of small presses started, as noted in the article.

    I hope someday we fully move away from the “self-publishing” phrase.

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