Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #198


TikTok’s parent company is gearing up to invest a lot of money in VR

Web3/Crypto: Why Bother? by Albert Wegner

Web5: The Decentralized Web Platform

Artificial intelligence is breaking patent law


Six Keys to Change

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending
Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

Twitter is testing shopping reminders for upcoming product drops

TikTok Emerges as Leading Media Disrupter

New TikTok update brings screen time dashboard and additional time limit settings
TikTok’s new update is all about mental well-being.

Publishing & Media

‘The Carbon Almanac’ Written By Over 300 Volunteer Debut Authors, Orchestrated by Seth Godin

Author Launches ‘600 Books of Hope’ Donation Initiative for Uvalde Students

Join the #ReadLoveSupportBinc Challenge!

IPA and PEN America on Closure of Publishing Houses in Myanmar

Supply Chain Monitor

How will the publishing industry change over the next ten years?
Writers, agents, publishers and industry experts predict how the publishing industry will change over the next ten years.

Why Are Book Sales Slipping in Big Cities?
Book sales in America’s big cities are underperforming compared to those in smaller markets.

In Times of Tribulation, Prophecy Books Multiply

The Ever-Shifting Challenge of Promoting Literature in Translation

Tertulia: (Another) Book-Discovery App

The Palace Project Launches nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content and services

Audiobook Publishers Association Reports Tenth Straight Year of Double-Digit Growth

Spotify Sees Audiobooks As A “Massive Opportunity”

How to Make Money on Spotify? A ‘White Noise’ Podcast Could Bring You Big Bucks

Education group Pearson sells Courseware businesses in Italy, Germany for $203 million

Time expects events business to cross $10M revenue mark for first time in 2022, due to sponsorships and partnerships
Time’s events business is expected to bring in at least $10 million in revenue for the first time this year, and projected to grow around 20 to 30% in 2023.

‘Forecasts on quicksand’: Ad spending slows as advertisers wade through economic uncertainty

Facebook Rethinks News Deals, and Publishers Stand to Lose Millions in Payments
Social-media company pays more than $10 million a year to a handful of news organizations to feature their content on its news tab

NYT Begins to Clarify Reporting that Relates to Book Research, Continues to “Prioritize Newsworthy Information” For Readers

Resources & Opportunities

Roxane Gay Books & The Audacity Submission Manager

National Book Critics Circle Barrios Book in Translation Prize Submissions Now Live



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Kathy Sandler

Kathy Sandler

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