Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #193

Innovation

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

www.technologyreview.com

Technology

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

play.google.com

What You Don’t Know About Amazon

www.nytimes.com

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

risnews.com

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

www.theverge.com

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

adage.com

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

www.androidpolice.com

Clickbait ads have no place in publishers’ monetization strategy

digitalcontentnext.org

Publishing & Media

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

www.shelf-awareness.com

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

publishingperspectives.com

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

www.npr.org

Teens are fighting book bans with ‘banned book clubs’

www.washingtonpost.com
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

www.mcsweeneys.net

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

www.thebookseller.com

Twitter Kicks In With Fox Sports for Exclusive World Cup Content, Announces Deals With E!, Condé Nast, WNBA and More

variety.com
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.

www.cnbc.com

‘An immediate drop in content’: A new study shows what happens when big companies take over local news

www.editorandpublisher.com
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

www.thebronxisreading.com

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

www.votervoice.net

The Bookseller launches survey on working conditions in publishing

www.thebookseller.com

AudioUK to measure state of UK audio production with expanded census

www.thebookseller.com
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

popular.info

How to Show up For Abortion Access

docs.google.com
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