Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #194

Innovation

Technology

OpenSea is on a new quest to ban copymints, armed with AI, Twitter threads, and Discord chats

www.fastcompany.com
The world’s largest NFT platform is rolling out new safeguards to protect authenticity and build trust within the community.

Inside Elon Musk’s Big Plans for Twitter

www.nytimes.com

How Starlink Scrambled to Keep Ukraine Online

www.wired.com
Elon Musk’s intervention demonstrates how satellite internet could route around war or censorship far beyond Ukraine.

UK reveals plans to force Google and Meta to pay for news

pressgazette.co.uk

Google paying more than 300 EU publishers for news, more to come

www.reuters.com
Alphabet unit Google has signed deals to pay more than 300 publishers in Germany, France and four other EU countries for their news and will roll out a tool to make it easier for others to sign up too, the company told Reuters.

To improve publisher ad revenue, Google will begin rolling out optimized pricing by default

whatsnewinpublishing.com

YouTube is testing a memberships gifting feature with select creators

techcrunch.com

Dirt, an entertainment and culture newsletter that was the first to fund itself solely through NFTs (selling more than $100K in NFT sales), raises a $1.2M seed to invest in more Web3 projects

www.axios.com

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type — Before You Hit Submit

www.wired.com
A surprising number of the top 100,000 websites effectively include keyloggers that covertly snag everything you type into a form.

Publishing & Media

Amazon added Epub support + removed Mobi support from its email conversion service

www.mobileread.com

Did you know there’s a Tetris port for the Kindle?

github.com

Lagardere Board Considers Spinning Off Their Radio Group Into Separate Company to Protect Its “Autonomy” (Presumably from Conservative Vivendi Owner Bollore)

www.lagardere.com

Legible offers a way for you to “curate your very own personalized ebook collections and share links to your curated bookshelves with the world.”

medium.com

Trade facing industry-wide burnout, Bookseller survey finds

www.thebookseller.com

Publishing staffers surviving, not thriving as cost of living crisis bites, Bookseller survey finds, and many argue low wages are holding back diversity efforts

www.thebookseller.com

Allen Lau Leaves Wattpad’s Top Spot; Jeanne Lam Remains in Place

publishingperspectives.com

Nice profile of Worldreaders founding

www.alumni.hbs.edu

Karnataka textbook printers pause operation amid paper shortage

www.deccanherald.com

Author proofs hit eBay

www.bookbrunch.co.uk

The Powerful, Complex Partnership Between Publishers and Libraries

www.publishersweekly.com

Conservative parents take aim at library apps OverDrive & Epic, meant to expand access to books

www.nbcnews.com
E-reader apps that expand access to books for students are now under fire by conservative parents in a culture war over book bans in schools.

Book Censorship News

bookriot.com

Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s Partnering with S.Dak. Indie to Distribute Free Banned Books

www.shelf-awareness.com

Baker & Taylor Launches Paw Prints Publishing, Children’s Imprint

www.shelf-awareness.com

75 books by Black authors released/releasing in 2022

melanininya.com

Women’s Prize Trust unveils Discoveries longlist

www.thebookseller.com
The longlist for the Women’s Prize Discoveries programme has been revealed, in a year that sees entries from women aged between 65 to 74 exceed those in the 18–24 category.

Q: Can You Revoke a Creative Commons License? A: No. Er… Sort Of? Maybe? — The Scholarly Kitchen

scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org

The Accessiverse: On Accessible Comics

epubsecrets.com

Marie Claire owner Future has acquired Who What Wear, a US-based digital-only women’s lifestyle publisher

www.inpublishing.co.uk

Bloomberg Media has unveiled Bloomberg UK, a new brand to take on the Financial Times and the Sunday Times

www.nytimes.com

Merger of News Media Alliance (NMA) and The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) is a go!

www.editorandpublisher.com

What to Make of the Retreat of BuzzFeed New: It’s not really about Facebook or SPACs — it’s worse than that

dicktofel.substack.com

Resources & Opportunities

Cookbook Publishing Q&A with a Literary Agent 5/24 at 1pm ET

www.eventbrite.com

At-Home Rapid COVID Test Kit Distribution Program

docs.google.com

Helping Families Find Infant Formula During the Shortage

www.hhs.gov

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Kathy Sandler

Kathy Sandler

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