Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #197
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The new movement wants to free us from Big Tech and exploitative capitalism — using only the blockchain, game theory, and code. What could possibly go wrong?
At a bright two floor physical exhibition at a gallery in Soho New York, SuperRare is bringing NFTs into the real world. Across town at the Frieze Art Fair, NFT pioneer Kevin McCoy shares what it took for digital-native artists to play in the traditional art market and his outlook for the future of the metaverse. Doreen Wang reports. #NFTs
TikTok LIVE subscriptions is a new program that allows creators to generate recurring revenue via payments from their top fans. It offers subscribers a range of perks including subscriber-only chat, custom emotes, badges and more.
The CEO of Meta Platforms needs Reels — his short-form video feature — to fund his metaverse.
The big-box retailer has been testing how drone deliveries could drive e-commerce growth and turn stores into a way to outmatch Amazon on speed.
Amazon, stuck with too much warehouse capacity now that the surge in pandemic-era shopping has faded, is looking to sublet at least 10 million square feet of space
“We remain committed to our customers in China,” an Amazon spokesperson says, although Kindle sales will end June 30, 2023, and apps will stop downloading a year later.
Publishing & Media
The e-commerce giant has increased its prices, while the number of independent booksellers continues to rise.
How to Track & Monitor Your Amazon Product Page: 9 Things We Learned from Tracking 150k Books for 3 Years on Amazon
HT @victoriastrauss There are things here to help publishers and self-publishers, incl. info on how sales rank correlates to units sold. 45% of Amazon book sales go to third-party sellers.
AP Stylebook adds inclusive storytelling chapter with updates on covering race, gender, sexual orientation and more
RT @michellemanafy AP Stylebook updates include a new chapter on inclusive storytelling, which includes updates on covering disabilities; race; gender, sex and sexual orientation; and religion. The chapter also provides advice on overcoming biases
The Authors Guild applauds the passage of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (S8369/A9368) in New York State. This legislation provides essential protections for all freelance workers across the state, including authors, freelance writers, and journalists, as well as any freelancer who works with an entity based in New York.
The International Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers and the European and International Booksellers Federation have strongly condemned the detention of Belarussian publisher and bookseller Andrey Yanushkevich and his associate Nasta Karnatska for selling copies of George Orwell’s 1984. They were reportedly detained after they opened a general bookstore in Minsk and continued to sell copies of the novel, which was banned, along with other publications, on May 19.
The Readmagine publishing conference in Madrid discussed several dynamic issues facing the industry, from the challenge of increasing inclusivity to reducing the book business’s environmental impact and more.
U.S. Copyright Office Announces Study to Evaluate the Current Electronic Deposit and Best Edition Rules
RT @PENamerica “Authors of color say they’re writing books they wish they’d had growing up.” Those stories are being banned, challenged, and removed from classrooms and libraries across the country.
The letter, signed by 1,300 children’s and YA authors and read into the record at a congressional hearing, spoke of the harm to kids from book censorship.
RT @ncacensorship This legal action could profoundly limit the availability of books in Virginia. Prohibiting the sale of books cannot be tolerated under the First Amendment.
RT @sljournal School librarians: Please take a few minutes to fill out our anonymous controversial books and collection development survey.
Amid Uvalde’s Heartbreak, Authors Gather to Support Teachers — www.publishersweekly.com
Reeling from the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Tex., literacy specialist Kylene Beers emailed four friends to help process the devastating situation, and they swiftly coordinated a free panel in support of heartbroken teachers.
RT @Dolen A Buffalo, NY survivor and his mother have started this anti-racism booklist and book drive for kids. You can even donate if you’d like. Love this. Shout-out to Zawadi Books and Alice, Ever After Books.
MT @PRHSecondaryEd NOW AVAILABLE from @PenguinClassics and @DisruptTexts: the “What is a ‘Classic?’“ educator’s guide written by @triciaebarvia and @juliaerin80. The guide explores the implications when a text is bestowed the label of “classic.” #teamPRH
For 50 years, Alexander’s been having terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days — www.npr.org
Judith Viorst’s best-selling kids’ book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was published 50 years ago. At 91, Viorst reflects on the book’s legacy with the real Alexander.
The Freadom Festival, a book festival focused on Black literature, will make its debut in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, June 18.
Discover 70 novels from the Commonwealth written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. There are discussion guides for reading groups available for each of the seven decades.
MT @englishpen We’re thrilled to announce PEN Presents, a programme to support sample translations following research into underrepresentation in translated literature. #PENPresents will fund the work of translating samples & promote new translations to publishers.
The Little Group, the parent company of global wholesaler Gardners alongside firms including Browns Books and the Hive website, has bought wholesaler Baker & Taylor UK for an undisclosed sum.
The Return of (Some) Comics Festivals — www.publishersweekly.com
Small independent comics conventions are beginning to return to in-person events after being on hold for two years. But many of these much-loved shows may not be able to return.
How on earth do you turn a graphic novel into an audiobook? We sit down with Penguin Random House Audio’s executive producer Nick Martorelli to get to the bottom of this tricky conundrum. #teamPRH
Penguin Random House UK has donated its entire audio back catalogue to Calibre Audio, a charity providing a free-for-life audiobook service to anyone who has a disability that makes reading print difficult. #teamPRH
MT @sabrod123 This is big news. “Univision is selling many of its Spanish-language radio stations — including Miami’s ultraconservative Radio Mambi — to a group led by Democrats.” Stations are located in 10 of biggest Latino markets including: Miami, NY, LA, Chicago.
HT @michellemanafy The user experience of your digital services and platforms matters if you want readers to stick around. Learn how to build audience feedback into your news products
MT @michellemanafy ICFJ has developed Leap, an innovation lab to give newsrooms across the world the space to explore challenges. @ICFJ wants ease the risk and costs that inhibit innovation, especially for small and mid-sized independent news organizations.
This is due to declining traffic, dwindling consumer purchasing power, 2 key changes to the Google algorithm, and supply-chain kinks
The century-old business magazine had aimed to go public through a blank-check company based in Hong Kong but changed course after the market flipped.
Creem magazine, Detroit-born rock bible, makes big return with digital archive, print edition — www.freep.com
More than three decades after the demise of the cheeky, Detroit-bred rock publication, Creem is back with an ambitious print and digital effort.
The roasts are based on its most popular series, What a Day. #BrandExtensions
Resources & Opportunities
Are you an entrepreneur, intrepreneur, or dream of starting a biz? Sign up for this virtual event on 6/8 1pm ET to hear Success Stories to Grow Your Biz & Make $$$. Free for @WMG_NYC members, $15 for non-members. With powerhouse women: @NOWaccountLara, @LorinePendleton, @cabotventures, and Terrez Thompson
RT @WMG_NYC Curious about our scholarship, fellowship, & mentorship programs? Join WMG Scholars Committee Chair Nevin Mays on 6/13 to learn about our diverse initiatives to support the future female media leaders — and join a discussion of what we might do next!
MT @bronxisreading The 5th Annual Bronx Book Festival is fast approaching and we cannot wait to see you all there! Check to see some of the amazing keynote speakers who will be in attendance, and click the link to RSVP and see the full festival line up!
MT @PRHSecondaryEd Thursday, 6/9 from 9am to 3pm ET @nhannahjones, the creator of The 1619 Project, will be at the @SchomburgCenter for Chancellor’s Day. The event is meant to share resources to support teaching inspired by the Juneteenth Holiday. #teamPRH
MT @datajournalism Here’s another great event to keep an eye on. The @BrownInstitute is hosting the Computation+Journalism 2022 Conference from June 9–11. Check out the program and meet with top journalists and researchers. #datajournalism
MT @FeministPress Looking for a fall gig where you can learn more about feminist publishing? We’re currently hiring for our remote + paid apprenticeship program! Deadline to apply is July 1.
Hey publishing peeps: Did you know that @Everytown has an Everytown Authors Council, which is open to authors, illustrators, editors, agents, + others in the literary community? If you’re interested, DM me and let me know your preferred email address and I’ll put you in contact w the Authors Council. Thanks!!
PEN America, the Online News Association, and the International Women’s Media Foundation have teamed up to create step-by-step videos and hands-on workshops to help you defend yourself against online abuse.
RT @farai Looking to learn how to defend yourself from hacking & doxing online? This June & July, grab your phones & laptops and sign up for #DigitalSafetySnacks, a series of bite-sized hands-on videos & workshops from @ONA, @IWMF, & @PENamerica!
MT @diversebooks Good news, writers! The deadline for the #LitUp Fellowship with @ReesesBookClub has been extended to June 30! If selected, you’ll participate in an all-expenses paid writers retreat and workshop your manuscript with bestselling authors.
MT @_Pitch_Blaque Authors/agents/editors! We are busy sliding into DMs and Inboxes to ask for your support in helping us amplify Black writers with #PitBLK. If we haven’t gotten to you yet & you want to engage, please complete our industry professional Google form.
MT @MarkLevineNYC There’s unfortunately still no way to officially report the results of your covid home tests in NYC. But now you can report results and symptoms (for flu too) and see trends in your area, at http://outbreaksnearme.org. Crowdsourcing project by epidemiologists at @BostonChildrens.
PSA for anyone w a Canon printer that suddenly won’t stay on:
1) Turn off your router,
2) change the DNS setup manually to 000–000–000–001.
All fixed, you can turn your router back on.