Morning Coffee – 31 December 2018

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • When you try to teach an AI to write holiday movies, hilarity ensues
  • Someone has come up with a Sabermetrics for publishing (this is a fancy way of saying they wrote an algorithm to calculate optimum price, production volume, etc).
  • Legacy publishers’ refusal to go digital bites them in the ass this holiday season as paper shortages cause back orders for popular titles. 
  • Like a computer virus, Author Solutions clones are cropping up all over
  • This is not exactly ebook or publishing news, but I am leading a workshop in Arlington, VA on 23 March

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder 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. Xavier Basora31 December, 2018


    Happy New year!

    Paper shortage? No digital version of the titles?Not even an audiobook version? BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Hate makes you lose profits for nothing. Really just how narrow minded are these publishers?


    1. Miss M31 December, 2018

      Don’t be ridiculous. Every title mentioned in the NYT article also has Kindle and audio versions. The fact that paper is selling out shows there is still a strong market. Nate’s statement that legacy refuses to go digital is equally idiotic.
      My personal preference nowadays is digital over paper, but I do get sick of the fanboi misrepresentation here and on the other rah rah ebook blogs. If you really want your site to be a quality contribution to digital journalism, Nate, maybe you should consider dropping the throwaway sarcastic asides in the new year and concentrate on information, not subjective, opinionated sneers. Maybe present the facts and let people develop their own takes.

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