Morning Coffee – 7 January 2019

here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • Here are ten publishing trends worth keeping an eye on in 2019
  • The last person to use two spaces after a period has died. I uses three spaces, actually.
  • Huge swaths of old 1920s songs and movies just entered the public domain, but DJs and digital-rights activists say copyright law is still a mixed message
  • Do you know all those experienced employees B&N fired last spring? Robin Barone thinks that the way to turn around B&N is to hire them back
  • Kris Rusch ponders the reports of declining trad pub fiction sales . 

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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. Rich Loveland7 January, 2019

    Nate, you might enjoy this article arguing that two spaces after a period is not wrong. It has a lot of historical information that I admit I would like to independently research and verify. But still quite interesting.

  2. Robert Nagle7 January, 2019

    Sorry, what’s the deal about using URL shorteners? My default assumption for shorteners is that they link to Trump/Russian propaganda or gay porn or spyware. Knowing the domain helps me decide if I’ve already read the piece.

    Mark Coker has his own contrarian viewpoint about Amazon and ebook trends .

    1. Nate Hoffelder7 January, 2019

      I don’t understand your question.

      1. Richard Hershberger8 January, 2019

        I’m not Robert, but my understanding is that the question is rhetorical. He prefers to be able to hover his cursor over the link and see the URL before linking. For myself, he isn’t wrong. I don’t worry about you sending me to Trump propaganda, but I too prefer to see where I am going before I go there. It gives me more information about whether or not I want to go.

  3. RDaggle7 January, 2019

    speaking of Barnes & Noble — and when aren’t we — I was shocked to see an actual TV commercial for them a few days after Christmas. On my actual TV. Hooked up with cable.

    at first I thought somebody spiked my egg nog, but it happened:

    It was definitely not showing in primetime — more like early morning. And I was too flummoxed to recall any specifics of the ad. I can’t remember the last time I saw something like that from them.

    But it was real!

    1. Nate Hoffelder8 January, 2019


  4. Richard Hershberger8 January, 2019

    I am fascinated by how the item about book quality in that trends list takes “quality” to refer merely to grammar and typos. That seems rather a limited understanding of the concept.


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