Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #199
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Adobe Photoshop On the Web Will be Free to Everyone — gizmodo.com
The browser-based version of this popular photo editor will include its core features.
Walmart and Roku have teamed up to allow viewers to purchase products with their remotes while streaming TV programs
Pinterest has struck one of its largest content deals ever — a multimillion-dollar, multiyear deal with Tastemade that will result in 50 new TV shows, live videos and events
Amazon will launch its Prime Air drone delivery service later this year for about 3,000 customers in rural Lockeford, California, near Sacramento. The news comes about a month after rival Walmart said its DroneUp delivery network will expand to 34 sites in six states by the end of the year.
Amazon is advertising for positions in a new local ads group to build relationships with local media companies and agencies.
The ecommerce giant is starting a new Local Ads division that could be a boon to small businesses and a blow to competitors.
More than 1.5 billion people watch YouTube Shorts every month, Google says, indicating the service reached a scale to rival TikTok
As Facebook looks to copy more features from TikTok, the popular short video service says it’s not a social network
Snap Inc , the parent company of photo messaging app Snapchat, is testing a new subscription service called Snapchat+ that would give subscribers access to exclusive and pre-release features.
Are Those Twitter Prompts Working? Yes, According to a Study — www.adweek.com
The social network began encouraging users to reconsider potentially harmful or offensive replies in May 2020.
Lack of communication between TV sets and streaming devices causes estimated waste of over $1 billion in ad dollars.
In myth, the cryptocurrency is egalitarian, decentralized and all but anonymous. The reality is very different, scientists have found. #Bitcoin
Microsoft will no longer support the once-dominant browser that faded away as users found faster, less crash-prone alternatives.
Publishing & Media
TikTok for Authors: The Ultimate Guide [+ Advice from Authors Doing Well] — kindlepreneur.com
Is TikTok worth it for authors? Learn this and how to build your author TikTok account so you can reach more readers and sell more books.
Many printing and packaging companies are struggling to procure the paper they need, the grades they require, at the time they would like, and in a sufficient quantity necessary to fulfill customer orders. For the foreseeable future, the days of paper plenty are over. #paper #printing
A recent report from NPD BookScan found that U.S. print book sales of LGBTQ fiction reached nearly 5 million units in 2021, doubling 2020 sales.
United Talent Agency (UTA) is expanding its global footprint by snapping up UK literary and talent firm Curtis Brown Group
Insider Intelligence spoke with Sanyu Dillon, executive vice president and CMO at Penguin Random House US, about brands building cultural fluency, entering the metaverse, and building digital communities with younger audiences. #teamPRH
As a book influencer Cree Myles is trying to change the imbalance and lack of diversity in the publishing world by highlighting diverse works. #teamPRH
HarperCollins and the Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ+ young people, are set for a yearlong partnership.
Watch out for this: “Hide the Pride” urges parents to remove LGBTQ books from libraries by checking them out and hiding them at home.
Professor and author Harvey J. Graff argues that recent book banning efforts are having a widespread impact.
RT @ncacensorship Books with LGBTQ+ characters, themes and storylines are the most likely to be challenged. Often for “sexual content” even when they don’t contain any sex at all. Learn more about how to defend LGBTQ+ stories. #ReadWithPride
MT @ALALibrary “We are a diverse, pluralistic society. We should hold our public institutions accountable for that diversity and ensure that everyone is included at the library. Everyone should find books that reflect their lives, their needs.” #UniteAgainstBookBans
They ruled: Libraries should continue to be safe spaces for students to develop and champion beliefs of all individuals and to elevate students and readers of all levels through text or graphic novels alike. Students and/or parents may opt out of individual titles at any time.
When Libraries Are a Battlefield: Standing Up for Kids’ Right to Read — www.publishersweekly.com
Amid the surge in censorship and banning, we spoke with librarians across the country who are defending books and the readers who want, and need, to read them.
The Brown Bookshelf to Spotlight Black Kid Lit Creators’ Thoughts on Juneteenth — www.slj.com
Author and educator Torrey Maldonado has once again asked his industry friends why Juneteenth matters.
Australian Author John Hughes “Unintentionally” Plagiarized The Great Gatsby And Other Famous Works In His New Novel
Australian author denies he is a plagiarist and says he has been ‘influenced by the greats’ of literature
MT @WomensPrize We asked and you answered! Only 19% of readers of the bestselling female fiction authors are men, and we asked you to vote on the ultimate woman-penned reading list for men. Check out the list and pass it on: https://bit.ly/Essential_Reads_for_Men
Celebrating 100 Years of ‘Ulysses’ — www.publishersweekly.com
2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses.’ Here are six recently published books — and one soon-to-be-published one — geared toward deepening readers’ appreciation for Joyce and his masterwork.
MT @diversebooks WNDB is excited to announce the 2022 Internship Grant Winners! Each recipient will receive a $3,000 grant to support them during their internship with a WNDB partner plus extensive resources to support them as they move forward in their careers.
Several independent booksellers in England partnering w the Children’s Book Project for this year’s “Pass the Magic” campaign, in which bookshops receive donations of “gently used” children’s books in an effort to combat book poverty among children
A guide to making literature events more accessible has reached its second funding goal following support from the industry and organisers will now work on the project with Penguin Random House UK. #teamPRH
The IPA and Dubai Cares Africa Publishing Innovation Fund names its new grants and outlines coming engagement in accessible publishing.
MTV Books, first launched in 1995 in partnership with Pocket Books, is now housed under the Branded Publishing Group at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and has a renewed focus on its page-to-screen pipeline. #BookToScreen #ReadTheBook1st
Kit Harington will reprise role if unnamed HBO series goes ahead, potentially extending George RR Martin’s world beyond source material
Readly launches podcasts, further expands into the U.S., adds IAC’s DotDash Meredith, w 23 magazines including People and Better Homes & Gardens
Digital magazine and newspaper app, Readly, is launching podcasts on its platform. The first phase will be in collaboration with three leading British publishers, Future plc, Immediate Media, and Guardian News & Media. Readers can listen to 25 podcasts.
Dotdash Meredith’s CEO Neil Vogel: “We’re going to have fewer magazines. We’re not … trying to turn around things that are not workable.”
Digital news survey: the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal get half of US subscriptions; 19% in US paid for online news in the last year
RT @PENamerica In a new Pew Research Center report, 57 percent of journalists said they are “highly concerned” about press freedom being restricted in the country.
The Wall Street Journal will unveil a commerce website called Buy Side from WSJ, featuring hundreds of product reviews.
The Washington Post and Imagine Entertainment plan to create film and TV content based on the news brand’s archives
It’s the Post’s first major move into premium video.
The New York Times has “something we call a live blog,” says Joe Kahn, who has taken over as executive editor. It’s an “evolved form.”
Resources & Opportunities
HT @_Pitch_Blaque #PitBLK is an answer to a call from within the Black Writing Community for a Pitch Event that centers Black creators. We aim to spark the recognition and celebration of untapped talent within an industry that has historically marginalized Black creativity and objectified Black culture. #PitBLK #juneteenth2022
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is trying to raise $100K by 7/4. BINC helps booksellers and comic retailers by providing assistance as they face the financial and emotional impact of the pandemic, inflation, lack of affordable housing, high cost of healthcare, and the strain on their mental health. #ReadLoveSupportBinc #LoveBookstores
RT @GettingWordNow Black writers begin somewhere. @GettingWordNow is a coalition of 5 Black literary organizations supporting Black authors, poets, and essayists. Join us from #Juneteenth to July 4th to #FundBlackLiterature. Visit http://gettingword.org to learn about our work and donate today!
MT @clairerwade Submissions are open for the 2nd Disability Issue of @thebookseller. The theme is increasing accessibility & inclusivity of disabled people within the publishing industry. I’m looking for article pitches by disabled authors, agents, editors, publishing employees & booksellers….£120/500 words. Please send a one paragraph pitch and a short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m particularly interested in pieces about: *the obstacles disabled people face — whether that’s to do with getting published, navigating the process, attending events, lack of opportunities etc. As well as raising the issue I’m keen to include ideas on what’s being done well and how it can be extended. Closing date Friday 8th July 2022.
MT @wordisdiversity Youth leaders and creatives: there’s still time to apply for this special weekend edition of the Speak Your Truth Summer Program by Denver-based org Sacred Voices! #poetry #leadership #youth #mentalhealth #ethnicstudies #writing #creative
MT @diversebooks Walter Grants are open for submissions! Apply for one of our general grants or our grants for trans creators, Muslim creators, & Native/Indigenous creators now thru 6/30/22. We will be awarding $2,000 grants to unpublished diverse writers & illustrators!
MT @ADCOLOR Despite everything, we’re still creating. Still fighting. Still reaching for better. We’re back IRL and with a new theme: STILL RISING. Don’t miss #ADCOLOR2022, November 17–20 at the JW Marriott L.A. Live! Register today. #StillRising
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