Morning Coffee – 16 September 2019

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

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. Steve H.16 September, 2019

    If can, please post a link to the American Library Association petition for library books.

  2. S.16 September, 2019

    Lashbrook’s article is disappointing. She makes an excellent point about the functional weakness of the Search capability in Goodreads. Amen. But then she spends paragraphs on her desire to turn Goodreads into a social media site, presumably with review moderation to filter out the spammers (dishonest reviews both positive and negative). I was attracted to the reviews on Goodreads precisely because they are so honest. Even Amazon, which at least identifies reviewers as “verified customer”, does not give you a filter so that you can see just the verified customer reviews and stats. And the indie author community is rife with stories of Amazon removing legitimate reviews for no reason. The final blow, according to Lashbrook is the unappealing appearance of GR. The site recently experimented with teal and pink page backgrounds… I fervently hope that is not the direction she advocates… but honestly, content should trump appearances. Let’s focus on adding useful functionality to GR. For example, how about adding the ability to search for books by the name of the shelves to which they’ve been added? How about adding an optional “fuzzy” search, which would allow searching for books on readers’ DNF, Did Not Finish and Didn’t Finish selves. How about an option that lets you search for books by 5 star reviews given by reviewers who have posted at least 100 reviews, or reviewers who have at least 500 books on their “Read” shelf, or readers whose average review is 3.5 stars… in other words, give users the ability to actually use the review database to search for books.

  3. Disgusting Dude16 September, 2019

    So far, it looks like the only people signing are library employees. Just about.

    1. Steve H.16 September, 2019

      I signed

  4. Xavier Basora17 September, 2019


    In fairness to that Catholic school,banning Harry Potter isn’t a bad idea when the series has crowded out much better books like the pulps, edgar Rice Burroughs, Lird Dursay etc.
    Kids really need to read much more books than Harry Potter.
    I enjoyed the series but golly can we highlight other books please?



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