Morning Coffee – 2 November 2020

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • A hardware hacker built a color E-ink picture frame to prank his mother (it didn’t work).
  • Dracula is often depicted in horror movies as having a close connection to Frankenstein’s monster, but few know that an early vampire story actually does have a close literary connection to the novel, “Frankenstein”. 
  • Kieron Smith thinks will deprive bookstores of their originality and personality. 
  • Powell’s Books is launching the one thing no one needs during lockdown: a fragrance. 
  • The Freewrite Traveler E-ink netbook has launched. It costs more than I paid for my iPad and BT keyboard, and does less.
  • Julia Evans penned a great blog post on email marketing.
  • B&N has agreed to end its legal fight with its former CEO.  (No one won.)

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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. Disgusting Dude2 November, 2020

    The idea behind the Traveller has some appeal–particularly for big media journalists–but the execution doesn’t. They effectively designed the product backwards: keyboard first, screen afterwards.
    The screen size and lack of lighting pretty much kills it even with those who’d like the form factor.

    They needed to do something closer to the HP JORNADA 820. High res and front lit.
    The extreme battery life might justify the cost in several niche markets. Especially if Android based.

    1. Nate Hoffelder2 November, 2020

      Nay, they should have gone for something closer to the Jornada 728. It was pocketable, had a quite usable keyboard, and even in 2009 it had ten plus hours of battery life.

      But aside from preferring a different model, I am mostly in agreement.


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