Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #98
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Pinterest adds a ‘Shop’ tab to its Lens Camera search results to showcase matching in-stock products As more retailers are bringing their products online via Pinterest, the company this morning is launching a new “Shop” tab in its Lens camera search results that will show the matching in-stock merchandise similar to a photo you take of something offline in the real world or even uploaded as a screenshot. techcrunch.com • Share
There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks. HT @nycmedialab Researchers and journalists have played a vital role in highlighting the lack of transparency and the algorithmic unfairness across the country. ProPublica’s recent look at machine bias in criminal justice system algorithms showed that only 20% of people predicted to commit violence actually went on to do so. Flipping a coin in the courtroom would have been far more effective at predicting recidivist behavior. “The formula was particularly likely to falsely flag black defendants as future criminals, wrongly labeling them this way at almost twice the rate as white defendants.” www.propublica.org • Share
#PUBLISHINGPAIDME You may have seen a lot about the disparity for publishing advances and marketing for black authors using this hashtag on Twitter. Here is a link to add more info and see a spreadsheet. docs.google.com • Share
54 Black-Owned Bookstores That Need Our Support It’s imperative that we do all we can to fight systemic racism. If you’re looking to support Black-owned businesses, find a Black-owned bookstore near you. www.epicreads.com • Share
Raise Anti-Racist Kids with Board Books for Younger Children A book roundup from my friend, @miralsattar, who writes alternative modern fairy tales with diverse characters and a lot less violence. bearilybear.com • Share
As Audiobook Market Grows, Narrators of Color Find Their Voice Audiobook publishers are increasingly hiring narrators of color, a response to a broader range of stories and desire for the voice talent to reflect that diversity www.nytimes.com • Share
Amazon’s New Competitive Advantage: Putting Its Own Products First RT @LWShanley “Amazon has 45 private-label brands with a total of 243,000 products available” -> Brands have long been able to bid for the premier slot at the top left of Amazon’s listings, but during the pandemic the online retailer has begun using this position for its private-label items, raising antitrust concerns. www.propublica.org • Share
Shanghai Fashion Week: The first entirely digital fashion week This is a trend to watch — Consumers could buy directly through ecommerce. fashionunited.uk • Share
Smart idea from Lauren Zalaznick — donate to a charity based on this bingo.
Apply to be a Girls Write Now Mentor or Mentee by 6/8 RT @girlswritenow For over 20 years, Girls Write Now has been committed to fighting injustice and creating an inclusive space for NYC teen girls and gender non-conforming youth. Join our movement and apply to be a mentee or mentor by Monday, June 8! www.girlswritenow.org • Share
We Need Diverse Books Walter Grants RT @diversebooks We are still accepting Walter Grant applications! WNDB will award 10 grants of $2000 each to unpublished diverse writers and illustrators. diversebooks.org • Share
#DrawingWhileBlack Directory 2020 MT @abellehayford The #drawingwhileblack directory is now updated! This is a great resource to find a black artists in fields like Illustration, Animation, Graphic Design, Comics, etc! Please check it out! docs.google.com • Share
Pineapple Street on Twitter: “At Pineapple, we’re committed to amplifying Black voices. We’re offering free one-on-one sessions for Black creators who want podcasting advice. That can mean pitch feedback, script notes, business advice, tech training, etc. Email Hiya@pineapple.fm to schedule your session!” twitter.com • Share
Elle Keck on Twitter: “I often don’t feel like I have a lot of power in publishing but that is my privilege talking. I must recognize the power that I have and use it. My DMs are now open-if you are a Black romance author who is unagented, please DM me” twitter.com • Share
Molly Cusick on Twitter: “Starting today I will be accepting submissions from unagented Black writers in the picture book, middle grade, and YA fiction categories. This is an open-ended offer. THREAD: (1/5)” twitter.com • Share
Jess Haberman on Twitter: “At O’Reilly, we’re committed to sharing the knowledge of Black innovators in tech. I’m offering free 1:1 sessions for Black tech experts who want publishing advice or pitch feedback, or who want to pitch a book or online training. DM me to schedule a call.” twitter.com • Share
Jess Zimmerman on Twitter: “Hey y’all, I have a little budget flexibility right now and can pay Black authors above our usual rate for essays about books/writing/storytelling media. Does not have to be about race/violence/protests though other topics may take longer to pub…. Email email@example.com with a brief but thorough description of the piece you want to write — not just topic, but point.” twitter.com • Share
RT @africanvoices Please join @africanvoices @reelsisters for an interactive online workshop on protecting your writing, films, music & art in the marketplace! Learn how to copyright & trademark your creative content on June 9, 2020! www.eventbrite.com • Share
Trillary Crosley on Twitter: “We’re giving away free meals at Cornerstone Baptist on the corner of Lewis and Madison in Bed-Stuy BK from 12–2pm, every Monday-Saturday. Please share far and wide. #worldcentralkitchen #ChefsforAmerica #BlackLivesMattters” twitter.com • Share
The latest in technology, innovation, and publishing curated by Kathy Sandler.
I work at Penguin Random House. Opinions expressed are my own.
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