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Morning Coffee – 16 June 2020

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • It’s surprising how many of these sayings are centuries old and yet still in use today.
  • Since Chuck Wendig is being singled out as the author solely responsible for killing the Internet Archive, I thought it a good idea to share his statement from March.
  • I did not make this list of 18 worthy sites for writers.
  • Nathan Bransford delves into the discussion around the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag.
  • Alex Shepherd points out that trad pub’s promises to do better on diversity ring hollow given that the industry continues to publish the likes of Tom Cotton, Tucker Carlon. 
  • Much to no one’s surprise, the stats for print and ebooks borrowed from UK libraries differ
  • Amazon is now under antitrust investigation in both Washington and California (and let’s not forget the EU). 

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Uma Thurmond’s Feet 15 June, 2020 um 6:16 pm

"Alex Shepherd points out that trad pub’s promises to do better on diversity ring hollow given that the industry continues to publish the likes of Tom Cotton, Tucker Carlon."

So diversity of thought means nothing to you? Good to know.

Nate Hoffelder 15 June, 2020 um 6:19 pm

You are welcome to give a platform to racists and fascists, but I do not choose to support that, LOL.


Allen F 16 June, 2020 um 12:39 am

Any bets that 'antitrust investigation' noise is little more than a couple of idiots trying to be noticed by the public this election year? Bookmark it for a year and a day from now and we’ll see if it was anything more than hot air.

(I’m basing my bet on the fact the Trump hates Jeff (for knowing how to actually run a business – oh, and that paper he owns that shows how bad/dumb Trump is) and as been 'investigating' Amazon since the day he got in office – and still hasn’t found one thing he could pin on Jeff/Amazon …)


Xavier Basora 16 June, 2020 um 7:13 pm

Nate

Traditional publishing’s difficulty with diversity is because they’re all clustered in the same cities whether New York, London, Paris, Madrid etc.
Perhaps the solution is to set up HQ in say the suburbs or second tier cities/ towns.
Then as smaller companies catering to local communities they’d publish more diverse works.

But who cares, there a lot if really good stuff at kickstarter and indigigo and verkami (the Spanish kickstarter type service)

xavier


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