Monday Morning Coffee – 4 April 2022

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.

April 4, 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • Google’s new rules on in-app purchases mean that the Audible and Nook apps will soon be losing their integrated stores
  • A disappointing amount of legally-binding regulation in the US is actually under copyright, and thus difficult to access. Luckily, a district court judge just ruled that posting said regulations online is covered under fair use
  • George RR Martin needs to read this list of ways to fail as a writer (he’s broken rules 1, 2, 4, 10, and 14.) 
  • Betty Crocker is a well-known American brand, but she is also an excellent example of content marketing
  • Writer Beware has a good overview of the steps authors need to take to revert the rights on one of their books.
  • Hisense just released a phone-sized ereader with a 6.7″ screen
  • Russia’s counter-sanction of legalizing piracy following the invasion of Ukraine will likely have little market impact (there’s already high rates of piracy in the country). 
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same. Authors are up in arms over the “new” trend of readers returning fully-read books. There’s even a petition to get Amazon to change its return policy. Fun fact: this new trend has been around since the Kindle store launched, and as I wrote 9 years ago Amazon already limits ebook returns

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