Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #104


Guggenheim Museum bilbao installs outdoor banners that help purify the city’s Seems like a great idea that we should do everywhere! The current impact of these outdoor advertising campaigns could be equivalent to the air purifying effect of over 700 trees.

Google is quietly experimenting with holographic glasses and smart The search giant has been working on or funding a new generation of wearable technology. #innovation

Patents point to iPhone replacing physical driver’s license and
New patents filed by Apple point to a system that could theoretically store a digital copy of government identification on an iPhone or Apple Watch.


Hackers Convinced Twitter Employee to Help Them Hijack After a wave of account takeovers, screenshots of an internal Twitter user administration tool are being shared in the hacking underground. #twitterhacked #twitter

Facebook readies global launch of its TikTok
Facebook will launch Instagram Reels, its answer to TikTok, in the United States and more than 50 other countries in a matter of weeks. says it sent the TikTok ban email to employees in Inc said it sent an email earlier on Friday that requested employees remove the TikTok app from mobile devices that also had access to company emails in error.

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Apple News launches new audio features, expands local news offerings for
Apple is introducing audio stories on Apple News+, a daily audio news briefing, and curated local news collections.

Publishing & Media

‘I stuck my foot in the door’: what it is like to be black in UK publishing ICYMI ‘More African’ covers. Adding racist characters. As authors and industry insiders share their experiences, readers can see how the books they read are changed by white publishers.

I Am a Book Critic. Here’s What Is Wrong With “Black Lists” — and What Is ICYMI We are in the era of Black Lives Matter, but anti-racism books should not hold value only in relation to troubled times.

Hear Our Voices Book RT @HearOurVoicesBT You’ve been asking for me & I’ve arrived! Hear Our Voices is a book tour company dedicated to getting OwnVoices ARCs to OV reviewers. Diverse representation is important, especially for OV reviewers, so we want to ensure you get the chance to connect with stories meant for you!

Black Agents & Editors’ Group (BAE) — A community for agents and editors of African descent working in UK book

RT @bronzebygold Very excited to be introducing BAE — a community for Black agents and editors. We will be providing advice and mentoring to aspiring editors/agents, and fostering a sense of belonging in the publishing industry. Meet some of our members her

CBS Television Studios signs first of its kind content deal with NAACP
CBS Television Studios has signed a multi-year agreement with civil rights group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to create content for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, the first such production deal for the NAACP.

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Keanu Reeves is now a comic book writer Here’s a first look at his action-packed ‘BRZRKR’ series.

Amazon is changing their Kindle Special Offers Program For over a decade, Amazon had subsidized the cost of a Kindle with a program called Special Offers, which put ads on the home screen. Via @goodereader.

SiriusXM buys Stitcher for $325 million, steps up its march into Less than a month after picking up Simplecast for its podcast distribution and analytics tools, SiriusXM said it has reached a deal to acquire Stitcher from E.W. Scripps for $325 million. #podcasting

UK’s National Literary Trust Research Finds Benefits of Audiobooks for A survey of 60K kids by UK’s National Literary Trust Research said that 70% reported that listening to audiobooks made it easier to understand the content, especially boys and children who receive free meals at school. Via @pubperspectives.

KidLit TV Launches At Home
KidLit TV has created KidLit At Home, a free online destination that curates video content from children’s book creators across the web in one central location.

Book Launches Get More Authors, shut out of holding in-person events at bookstores, have adapted to the digital book event, and book launches are getting more creative and collaborative as a result. #BookMarketing


Books impresario Lisa Lucas named publisher of Pantheon and Schocken The head of the National Book Awards will lead the prestigious imprints in 2021, reporting to Knopf’s Reagan Arthur, who succeeded Sonny Mehta this year. #TeamPRH

Klarna, Cosmopolitan Magazine Stage Summer Sale for Millennials, Gen The 48-hour “Hauliday” event will invite Cosmopolitan’s readers to shop incentives from Klarna’s 4,200 U.S. retail partners. #magazines

The N.Y. Times doubles down on TV and film HT @BoSacks With 10 scripted TV projects in development and 3 feature documentaries coming this year.


Friends, Collaborators Remember Magic School Bus Author Joanna The author of the beloved science series died at age 75.

Resources & Opportunities

AAP, CLMP, and NBF Join Forces to Provide $3.5 Million in Emergency Funds for Literary Organizations and Publishers The Literary Arts Emergency Fund: @nationalbook, @POETSorg and @CLMPorg, funded by @MellonFdn, will be distributing $3.5M will give one-time grants to literary arts organizations, publishers, and nonprofits in need of relief. Apply through August 7!

New York Public Radio is looking for a great Host, Morning Edition. RT @alecchamilton Want to come work with me? We are looking for a new permanent host for WNYC’s Morning Edition. Is it you? Do you have thoughts on who it should be? Let me know. BIPOC especially encouraged to apply.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces Teacher’s Corner, an Online Professional Learning Environment for Educators

‘Parents’ Launches Book Club, New List “100 Books to Inspire Your Kids”


Michelle Obama’s podcast will debut on Spotify on July Its first season will focus on the relationships that shape people.

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