Morning Coffee – 17 February 2020

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. Roland Denzel17 February, 2020

    I love me some Voynich news. The manuscript that keeps on giving.

    1. Nate Hoffelder17 February, 2020

      My current theory is that a time travel from the future faked it just for kicks. (I would)

  2. Nirmala17 February, 2020

    Regarding typos, there is an old story about some monks at a monastery where they would carefully copy old original manuscripts and then store them away to preserve them. One day, several of the monks noticed that Brother John wasn’tt anywhere to be found. Finally they discovered him way back in the stacks of original manuscripts and he was crying inconsolably and curled up in the fetal position. They gently asked, “What’s the matter Brother John?”. Between anguished sobs, he sputtered, “I double checked the original manuscript and it says ‘Celebrate’ not ‘Celibate’!”

    1. Nate Hoffelder17 February, 2020

      I heard that joke, too

  3. Aaron17 February, 2020

    Wow, I went into that article about the guy displaying the NY Times on his wall assuming he hacked an old DX screen for this project, but $1500 for the e-ink screen just to display the front page of the paper?! That’s some commitment.

  4. sroman19 February, 2020

    With regard to book fairs, back in 2018 even the Independent Book Publishers Association (of which I’m a member) warned us off of paying for space at Book Expo:

    “Without pulling punches, BookExpo on the whole is rather hostile toward author publishers. Some of this has to do with author publishers who come to the show without understanding the rules (pitching Big 5 publishers, literary agents, and/or distributors in hopes one of them will publish or represent their book, for example – an activity BookExpo considers particularly gauche), but mostly it’s for the same reason the show isn’t great for very small and/or not yet established independent publishers generally: e.g., a singluar focus on blockbuster titles backed by considerable publisher-provided marketing dollars.”

    1. Nate Hoffelder19 February, 2020

      IBPA was selling that same service in 2019. They pitched it to me several times.


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