Monday Morning Coffee – 4 July 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.

July 4, 2022

Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.

  • SFWA has changed their name from “of America” to “Association”. They have also changed their membership guidelines
  • I just found a nifty site which will generate an image based on text input
  • There’s a fascinating copyright lawsuit underway right now concerning a photo reproduced as a tattoo
  • BookFunnel has a refresher on what will happen when Amazon stops accepting Mobi files as input
  • If your schedule allows it, there’s a copyright and tech conference you should attend in NYC in September.  (I would go if I could.)
  • Amazon’s ebook return policy continues to get media attention.  I’ve checked, and this is at least the third time authors have complained about this policy in the past decade or so.
  • There’s this art project in Norway to plant a new forest just so it can be cut down a century from now and turned into books. What pretentious twaddle.
  • Remember a few months back when I said that computer-generated narration is just a couple steps away from being as good as automated ebook conversion? Spotify’s acquisition of Sonantic suggests that day is even closer than we’d think. 

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