Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #193


Meta has built a massive new language AI — and it’s giving it away for free


Google Is Offering Publishers Free Creation of Machine-Narrated Audiobooks During Beta Launch

What You Don’t Know About Amazon

Amazon Reports Inflationary Pressures Added $2B in ‘Incremental Costs’

Amazon has made an app for the Fire TV that’s meant to help people decide what to watch, without an hour of scrolling through separate streaming services

Some Amazon Prime Video shows will begin adding virtual product placements thanks to a new ad format for connected TV.

Amazon stops selling digital goods in its Android app to escape Google’s Play Store tax

Clickbait ads have no place in publishers’ monetization strategy

Publishing & Media

Don Weisberg Leaving as Macmillan CEO; Jon Yaged to Become CEO

France’s 12th ‘Digital Barometer’: 27 Percent Have Tried Audiobooks

All Ways Black: How one Instagram account is championing Black literature

Teens are fighting book bans with ‘banned book clubs’
Students around the country say it’s crucial to read about difficult and challenging ideas.

The school board of Rapid City, South Dakota, plans to destroy about 400 copies of books. In response, McSweeneys is offering Rapid City-area high school seniors free copies of any of the books that are going to be destroyed

PRH and Parton’s Imagination Library to donate books to refugee children every month

Twitter Kicks In With Fox Sports for Exclusive World Cup Content, Announces Deals With E!, Condé Nast, WNBA and More
As Elon Musk waits in the wings, Twitter announced a series of content deal including with Fox Sports for exclusive World Cup content.

Vice Media has hired financial advisors to seek a buyer, may sell itself in pieces, sources say. It was once valued at $5.7 billion.

‘An immediate drop in content’: A new study shows what happens when big companies take over local news
From Alden Global Capital to Sinclair Media, tales of corporate media takeovers of local news outlets — and their chilling effects — are everywhere. A new study published late last month in New Media & Society journal provides further evidence of the devastating consequences of corporate ownership.

Resources & Opportunities

The Bronx Book Festival 2022 — The Bronx is Reading

Petition for booksellers to condemn book banning and offer support to schools & libraries

The Bookseller launches survey on working conditions in publishing

AudioUK to measure state of UK audio production with expanded census
Trade body AudioUK has launched its latest Audio Production Census, aiming to capture the state of the audio production sector through the activity of podcast, radio and audiobook producers.

These 13 corporations have spent $15 million supporting anti-abortion politicians since 2016

How to Show up For Abortion Access
You’re reading this because you have learned about the leaked *DRAFT* SCOTUS opinion and you’re asking yourself the question “what can I do to support abortion access?”



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Kathy Sandler

Kathy Sandler

Sr Mgr, Content Applications, Penguin Random House * Innovation * Technology * Publishing * Opinions expressed are my own