Monday Morning Coffee – 28 August 2023

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.

August 28, 2023

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • Not all books printed in the 19th century with green covers are contaminated with arsenic, but about 0.03% of the University of Chicago’s special collections are.
  • PW and Bookscan are claiming that the BookTok boom is over.  I think they fundamentally misunderstand BookTok, and are only seeing it as a fad rather than what it is: a replacement for and complement to book review blogs. (BookTok is not going away.)
  • Booksellers along the Seine in Paris are refusing to move their stalls at the demand of Olympic security.
  • Jamie Canaves thinks that we should be worried less about whether AI will be good enough to replace creatives and more about whether those who use AI so they can avoid hiring a person will even care.

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