Morning Coffee – 25 January 2019

Here are a few stories to read this Friday morning.

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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. Richard Hershberger25 January, 2019

    Wattpad: “The company will use what it calls Story DNA Machine Learning technology to take “the guesswork” out of the publishing equation, said Allen Lau, the company’s chief executive and co-founder. Whereas traditional publishing is based on individual editors’ tastes, Wattpad’s technology will scan and analyze the hundreds of millions of stories on the app to find themes or elements that might determine a story’s commercial success, Lau said.”

    That sounds utterly dreadful. Pandora makes a similar claim about analyzing songs to find ones that we will like. My personal experience is that the results are most kindly characterized as “eccentric.”

    1. Nate Hoffelder25 January, 2019

      it does sound dreadful, yes

      1. Disgusting Dude25 January, 2019

        Are you sure it will really be worse?
        If nothing else it won’t be giving out publishing deals to the cousin of the editor’s old college buddy.

        1. gbm25 January, 2019

          Remember GIGO.

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