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Monday Morning Coffee – 1 August 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Mailerlite has a great post on email triggers (automation you can use with your mailing list).  Authors need to learn more about readers. Here’s how they can do that. Bookstat, the book market analytics firm that grew out of the Author Earnings Report, has been acquired.  Amazon is shutting...

Monday Morning Coffee – 25 July 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Given that the piracy lawsuit against the IA will be the first time that the legality of Controlled Digital Lending will be tested in court, it is really weird to see this addition to Fair Use be described as “something libraries could lose”. (You can’t lose what you did not have.) Kluwer explores...

Morning Coffee – 18 July 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. In a landmark ruling, UK copyright law has been applied to characters in a work for the first time.  Authors are often told to start their story in the middle of the action, but what does that really mean? Eric Goldman takes a look at the first cases filed with the Copyright Claims Board.  Someone...

Morning Coffee – 11 July 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. BookFunnel has a really good explainer for why some side-loaded ebooks look bad on the Kindle.  The HarperCollins union is going on strike.  BookRiot ponders how Goodreads makes money.  Publishers and the Internet Archive have both filed for summary judgment in the lawsuit over the IA’s Open...

Monday Morning Coffee – 4 July 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. SFWA has changed their name from “of America” to “Association”. They have also changed their membership guidelines.  I just found a nifty site which will generate an image based on text input.  There’s a fascinating copyright lawsuit underway right now concerning a photo reproduced as a tattoo. ...

Morning Coffee – 27 June 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. The Brazilian tax code has been compiled into one of the world’s largest books.  Over 50% of adults have not finished a book in the past year. Given what’s going on, I can’t blame them. Booky Call is being called “an app that’s like Tinder for Book lovers”, but it’s really just a book discovery...

Monday Morning Coffee – 20 June 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Spotify comes for audiobooks – they just closed on Findaway this week.  Victoria Strauss published an in-depth background on the new Copyright Claims Board.  On a related note, the EFF has concerns about the CCB. The Pocketbook Era has a 7″ screen, speakers, and text to speech.  Jane Friedman...

Morning Coffee – 13 June 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Does Scrabble (or rather, its point system) need to be fixed?  The UK Society of Authors has come out against hybrid publishers. My position is that authors should understand that they are effectively hiring the hybrid publisher to do work for them, and act accordingly. Publishing Contracts 101. ...

Morning Coffee – 6 June 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Amazon is going to shut down the Kindle store in China – next June.  (Given how much can change in a year, I would not give this much attention.) Books continue to get made into movies, but the ownership of the production companies has changed.  There’s a new Nook.  John Wilker questions whether...

Monday Morning Coffee – 23 May 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Rhode Island is pushing forward on its library ebook licensing bill. Low-content books (such as planners and notebooks) no longer require an ISBN in KDP.  Beware free stock photo websites. Amazon’s new Fire tablet is a little better than the last model, but not enough to be worth upgrading if...

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