Morning Coffee – 23 March 2020

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • A few weeks back Macmillan proposed new contract terms for libraries. The ALA’s position is that the existing terms are already unfavorable to libraries, and the new terms are even shittier.
  • If you’re looking for a class to take during the quarantine, Yoast has made their SEO training course free. 
  • In the age of COVID-19, livestreaming is the new chatting over coffee
  • If you’ve been thinking about updating your author blog so it’s now an author website, I have a few ideas
  • Barnes & Noble is expected to cut staff in response to the Coronavirus epidemic.
  • Amazon has announced that it is prioritizing shipments of essentials goods during the current crisis.  PW (and pretty much everyone else) has misinterpreted that to mean Amazon is deprioritizing books, which is not the same thing. 
  • If COVID-19 has disrupted your job to the same degree that it impacted mine, I have advice for you on moving forward

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. Allen F23 March, 2020

    Amazon is deprioritizing a lot of things. Hard drives that used to say ‘get it tomorrow’ now have a date of a week or more.

    Good on Amazon. If trad-pub fears for readers not reading their books maybe they should lower their ebook prices. As an added advantage the COVID-19 isn’t able to go through the internet and get you …

  2. Disgusting Dude23 March, 2020

    Amazon prioritizing essentuals means depreioritizing non-essentials.
    And since they do their own book pickup it is doubtful they’ll be sending trucks to pickup books when they could be moving food and stuff.
    The PW report expressly said the Amazon letter warning of reduced and delayed reorders went to publishers so it most definitely includes them.
    They’ll ship what they have on hand as long as it doesn’t get in the way of shipping essentials. But when a title runs out, they’re not reordering. And they won’t be ordering new releases. Why else would they send the letter to publishers?


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