Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #199


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 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

How Facebook plans to become more like TikTok

TikTok exec: We’re not a social network like Facebook, we’re an entertainment platform
As Facebook looks to copy more features from TikTok, the popular short video service says it’s not a social network

Snap tests new subscription feature called Snapchat+

Google offers to let ad rivals place YouTube ads in EU antitrust probe

Some Ads Play on Streaming Services Even When the TV Is Off, Study Finds

How ‘Trustless’ Is Bitcoin, Really?

Seth Green Made a Show Around His Bored Ape NFT. Then It Was Stolen

We Need To Stop Cheerleading Change

Publishing & Media

Internet Archive, Publishers to Seek Summary Judgment in Book Scanning Lawsuit

Why this book startup is taking a page from Glossier and Allbirds

Paper Industry in Transition as Printers Face Shortages

LGBTQ Fiction Sales Surge in the U.S.
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

Q&A: Building an inclusive industry and hitting the metaverse with Penguin Random House

HarperCollins Teams Up with Trevor Project
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.

Catholic group launches ‘Hide the Pride’ anti-LGBTQ library campaign

The Book Business Ecosystem Is Under Attack
Professor and author Harvey J. Graff argues that recent book banning efforts are having a widespread impact.

Defend LGBTQ Stories: A Resource

District 99 board agrees to keep controversial book in school libraries

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

Costa Book Awards End After 50 Years

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

PRH UK to work with Inklusion organisers on literature event accessibility guide

Africa Publishing Innovation Fund Awards New Recipients
The IPA and Dubai Cares Africa Publishing Innovation Fund names its new grants and outlines coming engagement in accessible publishing.

Relaunched MTV Books Unveils 2023 Slate

Jon Snow set to return in Game of Thrones sequel series — reports
Kit Harington will reprise role if unnamed HBO series goes ahead, potentially extending George RR Martin’s world beyond source material

Zando, Crooked Media Launch New Imprint

Readly launches podcasts, further expands into the U.S., adds IAC’s DotDash Meredith, w 23 magazines including People and Better Homes & Gardens

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.”

Future plc: Learnings from 2021 to drive online publisher results in 2022

Digital News Report 2022: Four key implications for publishers

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

Most journalists worried about future of US press freedom: study

The Wall Street Journal will unveil a commerce website called Buy Side from WSJ, featuring hundreds of product reviews.

How a new type of news brand in Italy hit 50,000 paying subscribers

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.”

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

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Kathy Sandler

Kathy Sandler

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