Monday Morning Coffee – 29 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 29, 2024

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • The AI-generated book problem is so bad that Amazon KDP now limits you to uploading only 3 ebooks per day.
  • When I hear about Amazon having a spam ebook problem, I am reminded of Google’s solution to ebook piracy: manually approving new accounts. Alas, that requires people to do the work, and Amazon is too cheap for that.
  • A recent survey showed that only about 54% of Americans had read a book in the past year.
  • Comedian George Carlin’s estate is suing the creators of an AI-generated comedy special.
  • Lawyers are discussing how national borders might impact AI piracy – can you get away with the piracy by training your AI system on stolen work in a different country than the one where that system eventually gets used by customers?

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