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Morning Coffee – 27 November 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Jeffrey Wassetrom argues that assigning historical fiction along side history books (aka sanctioned historical fiction) can help fill in the gaps in the historical record.  Grammarly, a startup with an AI editor so bad it is the perfect example of how AI will never replace […]

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Morning Coffee – 22 November 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Writers are lucky that they don’t have to deal with copyright as it affects music, where you can own the govt-granted monopoly rights to a song but not the rights to the recording of said song.  Rachel Thompson has some tips for how authors can […]

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Morning Coffee – 15 November 2021

 

Here are a few stores to read this Monday morning. Spotify is buying Findaway. (I had thought Kobo/Rakuten would buy them, actually.) In related news. Storytel just bought audiobooks.com. Draft2Digital’s Universal Book Links now includes print books.  Amazon has now added its multi-format series pages to more of its retail sites.  American conservatives have moved […]

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Morning Coffee – 7 November 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Sunday morning. (I am posting early, and with good reason.) The hot story this week will be Apple adding an explicit content label to some romance books. Given Apple’s history, this has the potential to be a disaster. There’s a dad on TikTok who has been posting […]

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Apple Now (Randomly?) Labeling Some Romance eBooks as Explicit Content

 

If you have published a romance novel, you might want to check your listings in Apple Books. Apple has started applying its “explicit” label to some romance ebooks. The change was first noticed by author Regina Kammer yesterday in the RWA forums.  I doublechecked, and can confirm that her listing on Apple Books shows a number […]

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Monday Morning Coffee – 1 November 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Not all fictional characters are protected under US copyright law. Are yours?  Here are seven social media tips for authors.  The ebook library management tool Calibre turned 15 years old on 31 October.  I have been using it on and off since mid-2007, back when […]

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Morning Coffee – 25 October 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. This post on inheriting copyrights wildly understates the complications.  Famed Spanish thriller author Carmen Mola has been revealed to be a fraud perpetrated by three male Spanish screenwriters. It’s not just a pen name; they created a whole persona, and used that persona even in […]

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Morning Coffee – 18 October 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Here are six common types of plagiarism in academic research.  The just-announced Tolino Vision 6 is a re-branded Kobo Libra 2 (which is itself Netronix hardware).  Amazon is now going to add its proprietary version of a QR code to the back of the books […]

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Morning Coffee – 10 October 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Did you know that Sherlock Holmes gets fan mail, and someone actually has the job of answering it?  With the launch of the Sage this past week, Kobo now offers ereaders in 4 different screen sizes ranging from 6″ to 10.4″. I was going to […]

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Morning Coffee – 4 October 2021

 

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning. Dutch booksellers are having to sell books old school after their software vendor was taken out by a cyber attack.  Animal Farm notwithstanding, books with animals as main characters are reportedly going extinct.  This list of books the “Moms for Liberty” group want banned from […]

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