Morning Coffee – 5 April 2021

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

P.S. If you need a tech VA or help with your website, email me at [email protected] Got a story that I should include in next week’s list? Shoot me an email.

P.P.S. Today is my birthday. I am now the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything years old.

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. Disgusting Dude5 April, 2021

    About the Maryland law: Lots of billable hours to follow. For consitutional lawyers, to boot. Should be anice boost to *their* economy.

  2. Angelic5 April, 2021

    Happy birthday! Any new developments on that for-writers book review thing you were working on pre-COVID?

    1. Nate Hoffelder5 April, 2021

      Alas, that ended up not going anywhere. As much as I liked the idea I could not bring myself to actually follow though and run the site.

  3. Allen F5 April, 2021

    On the Maryland bill, all the publisher has to do is set the cost too high for the libraries to want to consider them (and can they legally ‘force’ self publishers not in Maryland that sell on Amazon to go through the hoops to sell to their libraries? I wouldn’t mind my ebooks in libraries, but I’m not so sure of any law forcing me to …)

    “a publisher who offers to license an electronic literary product to the public to also offer to license the product to public libraries in the State on reasonable terms that would enable public libraries to provide library users with access to the electronic literary product.” (and who gets to say what these ‘reasonable terms’ are?)

    And before they try to say “Amazon must comply”, Amazon is merely a reseller of most of what they sell – not a publisher. (Yes, Amazon has a publisher arm as well, but they publish very few a/e/p/books compared to what Amazon sells.)

    1. Disgusting Dude5 April, 2021

      Lawyers love “reasonable terms”.
      Billable hours galore.
      For that matter, who would consider Macmillan or Penguin terms “reasonable”?
      Meaningless ADS pandering.

      They’d do way better setting up a statewide purchasing agency to replace the spineless library shoppers unwilling to leverage their purchasing power.


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