Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #210

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Important Items

Georgia’s new abortion law is having some unintended consequences: Some medicines that treat cancer, arthritis, and ulcers can also be used to induce abortions, complicating access to essential drugs.
The states with the strictest abortion laws are doing the least to help poor families. What could possibly go wrong?

Extremists funded by outfits like Patriot Mobil have taken over several large school bds. in North Texas.
Russian Wikipedia editors are being doxxed, threatened, and arrested.

Google said it would not distribute Truth Social, the social media platform founded by Donald Trump, on its Play store until the app removed content that incites violence.

MT @wsbgnl New CDC “community levels” are out. Under the pre-Feb 25th guidance, universal indoor masking would be recommended in 96% of counties. Under the new guidance, universal indoor masking is recommended in 30% of counties.

Investigators Seize 27 Antiquities From the Met, Citing

Investigators in New York have seized 27 ancient artifacts valued at more than $13 million from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, asserting that the objects, acquired to showcase the glories of ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, had been looted. The museum said it is cooperating with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which has executed several search warrants at the museum since February.


Transparent solar panels could replace windows in the future. Here’s
Transparent solar panels are a real thing, and they’re not just on paper as they are already popping up around the world.


AI was made to turn David Bowie songs into surreal music

From Bowie to Snoop, AI creates lyrical images that are compelling — with the occasional happy accident. #AI

Over 5 million NFTs have been minted on the Flow blockchain via Ticketmaster to date. #NFT

HT @ballmatthew #metaverse

Testing by #Microsoft revealed a major vulnerability in the #Android version of #TikTok. The exploit could give attackers full access to a user’s account.
Cloudfare Chief Executive Matthew Prince told The Washington Post he would no longer protect the site becaause of a surge in credible violent threats stemming from the site.

Publishing & Media

MT @stephopitz ICYMI @Bookshop_Org now has REGISTRIES! You can create registries for weddings, baby showers, classrooms, libraries, lists of books people should get you if they’re going to buy you a gift…Individuals! Couples! Teachers! People who like presents!
For months, Colleen Hoover and Emily Henry have occupied multiple spots on the New York Times paperback trade fiction bestsellers list. The success of these romance writers has been aided by Gen Z.

ICYMI Wisdom from @janefriedman

Two Bookstores, Two Iconic Black
Harriet Tubman and Ida B. Wells — Say Their Names

Penguin Random House wants you to get off your phone and read a book for

Its latest campaign seeks to curb tech addictions, even if just a little. #teamPRH

RT @mariskreizman Want a really good book that you can read in one weekend (or even one afternoon)? I’ve got you.

Beyoncé: a literary guide —

From feminist polemic to poetry and sci-fi, the themes of Beyoncé’s work can be unearthed in books. We compile the ultimate Bey reading list. From @PenguinUKBooks #teamPRH

From @diversebooks’s @ElloEllenOh

Read Something, Do

Inspired by books, Georgia students and school librarians take action to promote empathy, inclusion, and community engagement in this new initiative from @cicelythegreat.

Almost one in five children between the ages of five and eight do not have a book of their own at home, according to the latest literacy survey by the National Literacy Trust (NLT), the highest figure since 2019. The charity said the issue is “considerably greater” in young boys, with 21% without a book, compared with 16% of girls.

Romance novelist Nora Roberts donated $50,000 to Patmos Library in Jamestown Township, Michigan, after the library was defunded by the community in early August over LGBTQ-themed books.

#FreedomToPublish #FreedomToRead

#ATXCouncil @austintexasgov #UniteAgainstBookBans
Following a recent surge in protests outside libraries, censorship and challenges to intellectual freedom are growing concerns, a CILIP survey reports.

“I think everybody in the library world is bracing for a very challenging October through to Christmas in terms of closures and new announcements.”

HT @paulkbiba Pearson has added Channels, a curated library of educational videos, to its Pearson+ e-textbook subscription service.

India is only at 54% internet penetration, so the reluctance of some publishers to embrace digital is understandable — but sorely misjudged. That 54% equates to 755 million people online. That’s already 443 million more than the USA, which has very little room to grow.

Books &
An Asian American Book Club & Podcast

Podcasters test offering more bonus content and additional features to grow
QCode, Tenderfoot TV, NPR and Acast are beefing up their subscription podcast offerings with more bonus content and additional features.

BuzzFeed airport stores launch at LaGuardia as part of growing licensing

“You’re going to see a lot more physical activations from us,” BuzzFeed’s Melanie Summers says. #BrandExtensions

Strategies publishers are using to build and manage effective product teams.

‘Allure’ to Discontinue Print
The Condé Nast-owned beauty title is going digital-only for 2023.

Resources & Opportunities

RT @_Pitch_Blaque On 9/9 join us for #PrePitBLK a practice event b4 our official pitch party! Tweet your pitch up to 3x between 4–8pm EST & get helpful feedback from our author volunteers. Gas each other up and get excited for the real deal on 9/21 & 22. Visit for rules!

Toolkit — Unite Against Book

How can you and your community unite against book bans? We’ve put together this action toolkit to help you get started. #UniteAgainstBookBans

MT @PenguinClass Get your community ready to make #BannedBooksWeek a week of action. Order this FREE kit and get postcards for writing representatives, resources, booklists, and more! Read. Resist. Act. Order your kit. #teamPRH

Library Card Sign-up

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Check out this page for resources, including the chance to win $100. #LibraryCardSignUpMonth

RT @NovicSara Hey all! On 12 September @Randomhouse will be hosting a writing workshop for the Deaf community. I’m planning to do a Q&A about my writing/publishing process, maybe a writing exercise. In ASL with terps for English. Price includes a copy of TRUE BIZ. #teamPRH

HT @frankstrong This is a mobilization tool. Use it to volunteer, donate, and organize in your community. Please use this to fight pro-censorship/anti-diversity candidates at the polls.

60+ pitching guides for Vox, NatGeo, Wired, BBC, WaPo, Wirecutter, Slate, and

RT @TimHerrera Freelance journalists! Here are 60+ pitch guides for Vox, NatGeo, Wired, BBC, WaPo, Wirecutter, Slate, and so, so many more

I Will
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Kathy Sandler

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