Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. 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.

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  1. fahirsch26 October, 2018

    Re: “Kindle vs iPhone”. Or rather any “Ereader vs SmartPhone”: In my opinion the killer feature is that I can read without being bothered by notifications, emails, or whatever.

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    1. Thomas26 October, 2018

      A phone also has that killer feature. It’s called Airplane Mode.

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  2. Richard Hershberger26 October, 2018

    As for the first link, what it really contains is an interesting and informative discussion of how the changing book market has shifted the incentives of major traditional publishers to consolidate imprints within the company. The characterization of this as “consolidating their way to oblivion” is tendentious and misleading, and doesn’t follow from anything within the actual linked article.

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    1. Darryl27 October, 2018

      That’s true. But this is Nate’s blog, and as he sometimes does, he is using the link title to give his own opinion on the issue. Anyone who is not new to reading his Morning Coffee posts should not be at any risk of being mislead. Those new to these posts may initially be be mislead but there is no harm done. They soon learn if not to appreciate at least tolerate Nate’s link headlines. Or they go elsewhere.

      As it happens I agree with Nate on this one. Consolidating imprints, merging with and taking over each other, cutting mid-list authors and emphasising intellectual property in attempted “rights-grabs” are all akin to re-arranging the deck chairs on the titanic. The Big 5 are not going to die overnight. The sheer length of copyright protection and their effective ownership of many copyright guarantees their relevance for some time, irrespective of how low their overall share of the market may ultimately become.

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      1. Nate Hoffelder27 October, 2018

        my descriptions are the equivalent of color commentary, yes.

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