Monday Morning Coffee – 1 January 2024

by Nate Hoffelder

After a decade of running The Digital Reader, Nate is a veteran web publisher with experience in design, maintenance, recovery, and troubleshooting. What little he doesn't know, he can learn.

January 1, 2024

With both Christmas and New years falling on the first, I was seriously tempted to skip this link post twice. The I remembered how much I liked doing it.

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • Here’s the story behind that photo of a school board president getting sworn in on a stack of banned books.
  • Apple is offering to pay news publishers $50 million to use their stories to train Apple’s AI.
  • Do you remember the author who published a Lord of the Rings fanfic and then sued because Amazon’s prequel had details in common? He got his comeuppance.
  • Here are the five dumbest copyright stories of 2023.
  • Mickey Mouse entered the public domain with the start of the new year. Here’s what you can do with him.
  • There’s a problem with the study that showed print reading has a greater impact on comprehension than digital reading: It compares reading print books with reading (for example) social media.

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1 Comment

  1. Widdershins

    I wonder if Apple is also going to pay the creators of the content the publishers may throw its way? … rhetorical question, I know. 😀


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