Nate Hoffelder

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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. Will Entrekin1 July, 2019

    “Since MS is giving complete refunds, I am indifferent to the complaining.”

    In this case, the refunds seem a bit like a triage designed to stop bleeding that came with a limb break; it might help with the bleeding, but the limb is still broken. In this case, the broken element is the twin dilemma of not actually owning ebooks and companies’ abilities to disappear ebooks from devices.

    I can’t remember if Apple has disappeared anyone’s ebooks. I know Amazon did, several years ago, ironically enough with Orwell’s “1984.”

    1. Nate Hoffelder1 July, 2019

      “several years ago”

      you mean eleven years ago, actually

      I almost feel bad for Amazon, the way they get beat up for an _old_ mistake from when they were still figuring out how to run an ebookstore. While I will bash Amazon for their recent mistakes, this shit just isn’t fair.

  2. Peter Winkler1 July, 2019

    Ashley Stahl, the author of the article in Forbes, was traditionally published, as she makes clear. She solicited the advice on five mistakes self-publishing writers make from the CEO of the aptly named Light Hustle Publishing which is a vanity press that ghostwrites books for people. Their website promises, in part, “LESS THAN 10 HOURS OF YOUR TIME TO YOUR BESTSELLING BOOK

    Through a series of phone calls spaced out according to your schedule, you’ll join the ranks of those out there gracing the top of bestseller lists and being quoted in industry publications.”

    Their Platinum Package costs $497.

    One of her bits of advice is to avoid having friends or family write reviews of your book on Amazon. As part of the Platinum Package, you’ll receive “assist in having the book debut with enough reviews to kick in the Amazon “Customers Who Bought This Also Bought” algorithm.”

    1. Nate Hoffelder1 July, 2019

      err, sorry, I didn’t read carefully enough.


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