THE EREADING BLOG

04

January

2017

By: Richard Starr

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The Future of Google Play® Books – As Predicted

Over at The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder takes a closer look at the looming possibility that Google Play® Books may never re-open to publishers.

I think this is highly likely. In fact, I expressed this opinion in various forums more than five years ago during much of the chaos surrounding the Google book scanning court case.

Nate does an outstanding job of looking at the various factors surrounding what I personally believe will be the ultimate failure of Google Play® Books.  It's well-worth the read.

For the record, I believe Google will eventually decide to sell their majority stake in Google Play® Books while retaining partial ownership. Time will tell.

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Ebook Subscription Startups…Some People Just Want to Throw Money Away

LOGO-1-DigitalReaderThe always interesting Nate Hoffelder over at the Digital Reader reports that publishing conglomerate Bonnier is starting up an ebook subscription service in Sweden.  Yes, in Sweden.  Since the worldwide pool of people who truly care about ebook subscriptions apparently isn't small enough, Bonnier has decided to narrow the field even more and stick to their home country. 

After I wrote this, I found myself tapping the face of my watch to see how many seconds had passed because I wanted to make sure Bonnier's little venture hadn't already failed before I could hit "Publish".  UPDATE: Nope, not yet.  But keep checking your watches...

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02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Nate Hoffelder Takes a Literary Snob to Task

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Nate Hoffelder of the excellent blog, The Digital Reader, takes a former writing professor and literary snob to task.  Well done, Nate.  Truer words were never spoken.  This is the same kind of tool who got punched out by Harlan Ellison while he was in college, after he told Harlan he had no talent.

Commenters tracking down the good professor's poor-selling work on Amazon was just the icing on the cake in this story.

The moral of all this?  Never smack down people's dreams.  And don't talk smack about them later.  It may come back to bite you.

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