Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #206

Important Items

Roe Decision Epitomizes Increasing Burnout Among Women
The US welcomes the employment and economic advancement of women — yet doesn’t actually support them. We’ve finally hit a breaking point.

Group behind Trump SCOTUS picks brought in nearly $50 million in secret money

Coronavirus may linger for up to 30 minutes in a poorly ventilated space


The Metaverse Is Not a Place

DeepMind AI cracks biology’s biggest problem

NASA Is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research — on Mars
Space fans around the world can help analyze data collected by the Mars Climate Sounder.

Apple Files for Second AirPods-Related ‘Sleep Mask’ Device Patent that’s Jammed with Biometric Health Sensors


Dozens of fake news websites and social media accounts pushed pro-China talking points

Amazon to acquire iRobot (makers of Roomba) in $1.7B all-cash deal

The future of cars is a subscription nightmare

Instagram is adding more features to its creator subscriptions test

Apple is building an advertising demand-side platform

What does the internet think?

Publishing & Media

Inside the global gig economy of werewolf erotica on platforms like Dreame, GoodNovel and Amazon Kindle Vella

Antitrust trial puts book publishing industry in the dock as Justice Department attempts to block merger of Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster

Kobo is now displaying advertisements on their e-readers

Florida School District Slaps Stigmatizing and Alarming Warning Labels on Books Deemed “Unsuitable” for Children
PEN America has found that the Collier County School District in Florida has attached a warning to the description label on over 100 books listed on the district’s online library catalog and physical labels were affixed to hard copies of the same books. The books receiving these warnings disproportionately include stories featuring LGBTQ+ characters and plot lines and titles about communities of color.

A cultural power-struggle at an Iowa library casts a ‘dark cloud’ over a small town

Kids Will Still Read Banned Books

Educators Fight Back Against Gag Orders, Book Bans and Intimidation

Politicians want to ban more books. Austin’s library system is celebrating them instead
The Austin Public Library in Texas is holding a months-long “Banned Camp” to celebrated challenged titles in the face of mounting restrictions.

Louisiana School Librarian of the Year Seeking Legal Action After Slander Campaign
The president of the Louisiana Association of School Libraries speaks at a local library board meeting and met with harassment.

Upset over LGBTQ books, a Michigan town defunds its library in tax vote
Voters in Jamestown Township, near Grand Rapids, rejected a renewal of an operations millage for the community’s public library Tuesday, leaving the library’s future in doubt. Those leading the effort said the library was indoctrinating children.

New Op-Ed Series Focused on the Freedom to Learn to Launch in Washington Post’s ‘Made by History’ Section

Read It First: 14 New Adaptations Based on Books
A charming historical comedy, a thriller with an assassin on the run, a regency-era romance for anyone missing Bridgerton, and more.

For Instant Happiness, Grab a Book and Head Outside

A super photo essay of people reading alfresco

Hollywood Writers’ Arbitration Ruling Yields $42 Million From Netflix
In screenwriting, a case of arbitration with the Writers Guild of America impacts revenue for writers on Netflix’s original films

The newsletter boom is over. What’s next?
The Substack frenzy seems like a thing of the past, but lots of publishers are still leaning into newsletters. “They’re a great minimally viable product.”

HBO Max and Discovery+ will combine into a single streaming service

Resources & Opportunities

7 Ways Stores Can Prepare for Book Lovers Day

Bronx Book Fair 8/13 12–7pm virtual

#FReadom Resources and Instructions to combat book banning

  • Templates to write a letter to the editor, to the school board, from an author.
  • How to speak at a school board meeting.
  • How to start a local group to support school board races.

PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Mentorship Program — 2022 Mentor Application due 8/7

Bryant Park’s Summer Reading Room Line Up — Borrow. Read. Repeat.

IBPA looking for CEO

Amherst looking for AAPI lit professor

ProPublica will partner w 5 outlets on local accountability projects for a year. Apply by 8/22.

API Launches Election Coverage & Community Listening Fund Grants

UBS Fellowship — The Fourth Floor



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