Monday Coffee – 3 February 2020
Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.
- David Gaughran questions the value of going viral.
- Salinger tried to secretly publish a book in 1996, but he didn’t count on Amazon seeing the Library of Congress filing for the book, and creating a listing. Madness ensued.
- Ligatures in programming fonts are such a terrible idea that I am surprised anyone would even think of using them.
- Engadget just published a retrospective review of the original Kindle.
- Cory Doctorow delves into how copyright law has been distorted to serve the interests of major corporations.
- Macmillan CEO and Apple co-conspirator Jon Sargent held an AMA at ALA Midwinter. I missed it (I was in a meeting) but PW was there.
- The tales coming from the worker side of Amazon’s 15 year old Mechanical Turk service are just as horrifying as from other parts of the gig economy.
- EFF explains how Yourtube’s automated copyright filter continues to violate users' fair use rights.
- Researchers are now using Wattpad as a source for analyzing trends in book culture.
- The (legacy) US book publishing industry is as white bread today as it was four years ago.