Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #194



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

How Starlink Scrambled to Keep Ukraine Online
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

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

YouTube is testing a memberships gifting feature with select creators

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

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

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

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

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

Trade facing industry-wide burnout, Bookseller survey finds

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

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

Nice profile of Worldreaders founding

Karnataka textbook printers pause operation amid paper shortage

Author proofs hit eBay

The Powerful, Complex Partnership Between Publishers and Libraries

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

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

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

75 books by Black authors released/releasing in 2022

Women’s Prize Trust unveils Discoveries longlist
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

The Accessiverse: On Accessible Comics

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

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

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

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

Resources & Opportunities

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

At-Home Rapid COVID Test Kit Distribution Program

Helping Families Find Infant Formula During the Shortage



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Kathy Sandler

Kathy Sandler

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