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. Gordon Horne8 April, 2019

    Re: Amazon Reviews (and listings)

    Last year I was trying to find a replacement copy of The Mouse and His Child. A search on Amazon only turned up listings that had the description and reviews for the book, but the attached product was a stage play based on the book. I reported it to Amazon.

    Just rechecked now out of curiosity. The book is visible now. The stage play doesn’t not show up at all in the search results, also boughts, or related items. That seems to substitute one problem for another as I assume the stage play still exists.

    I’m guessing this is another symptom of over enthusiastic use of algorithms.

  2. Sunita8 April, 2019

    On the study of teen wellbeing and screentime use, they use real-time self-reporting as well as time diaries, which are both quite different from retrospective self-reporting (and have been found to be more accurate). They are not only using “second-hand data,” they are also conducting their own data collection. Although meta-analytic studies (which are technically “second-hand”) are also widely used medical and social science research, so that wouldn’t necessarily be disqualifying.

    Therefore, I think you’re being too quickly dismissive of their results. I haven’t read the entire paper but looking at their data and methods section suggests that they are taking the normal criticisms and problems into account.

    1. Nate Hoffelder8 April, 2019

      I fixed it – thanks for the correction

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