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RT @DerekWBlack “Confidential docs reveal that a group of school privatization groups, each claiming to be separate entities w/ separate agendas, work together…to buy seats in TN legislature for candidates who are willing to vote against traditional public schools.”
RT @PENamerica Surveys of educators in the 21 states with restrictive educational policies found many teachers too scared to teach. Analyzed together for the first time by PEN America, these studies paint a dark picture of America’s classrooms.
The bill also would restrict workplace training about issues involving sexual orientation and gender identity.
Some good news! The law is intended to protect freelance and contract workers — including authors, journalists, and other writers on contract — from wage theft, and to ensure that they are paid in a timely manner, with state support provided to help them recoup unpaid wages.
More good news! MT @GenderAvenger Fact check! The National Institutes of Health currently allocates just 10.8% of its funding on women’s health research! 👎🏾 The White House is now looking to change that. Learn more about the The White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research here 👇🏽
“I would strongly recommend that people avoid boarding facilities, doggy day care, anything that’s going to be a high volume of dogs in a space.”
@CDCgov tweeted this out before Thanksgiving, but good to know all-year-round! Improving ventilation can help reduce the risk of COVID19 spreading at your holiday gatherings. You can keep windows open, use exhaust fans, and use air purifiers. A breath of fresh air for a safer celebration.
You have a 42.6% increased risk of developing an autoimmune condition after any SARScoV2 infection in the following 12–18 months.
Inside long COVID’s war on the body: Researchers are trying to find out whether the virus has the potential to cause cancer
Network can send the equivalent of 150 films per second, three times faster than nearest rival in the US and two years earlier than industry forecasts 3,000km of optical fiber links Beijing-Wuhan-Guangzhou as decade-long infrastructure plan nears completion.
“Striking” that rather than choosing a computer-specific term like “glitches” or “bugs,” people anthropomorphize these systems.
RT @AuthorsGuild Spanning 100+ pages, Biden’s executive order on AI addresses issues ranging from national security to safeguarding privacy, civil rights, and worker’s rights. Here’s what authors should know about the executive order.
“Using AI translations tools, all publishers could soon be competing globally”: FT Strategies lays out its thoughts on AI
HT @BoSacks The features are being tested by members of Local Independent Online News, a publishing group that represents small, hyper-local digital publishers. They are designed to help local publishers turn things like press releases into articles using different tones and styles and create newsletters. Google has also told potential publishing partners that it’s working to connect those AI publishing tools with Pinpoint, a Google-owned research tool that helps journalists filter through large files. While the tests have primarily focused on editorial functions, Google is also eyeing AI tools that can help publishers autogenerate emails and social posts that are designed to engage members or subscribers for contributions.
AI image synthesis is getting more capable at executing ideas, and it’s not slowing down.
Users will be able to edit images and generate video clips using text descriptions, courtesy of Meta’s Emu AI model.
Photographs were seen as less realistic than computer images but there was no difference with pictures of people of color.
A super deep dive into all things China and ecommerce.
HT @benedictevans Check out the rise of TikTok!
That’s going to need a big box!
Publishing & Media
HT @victoriastrauss The filing asserts that 98% of Amazon sales are made through its “buy box,” which the company only allows third-party sellers to access if they promise not to offer their products for less money on other sites. The greatest portion of the original filing that was redacted involves Project Nessie, a secret algorithm developed to identify products whose prices on other online stores will rise when Amazon increases their prices on its site. In 2018, Amazon estimated that Project Nessie increased Amazon’s yearly profits by $334 million, including nearly $57 million from books. Aware of the PR fallout it risks, Amazon has turned Project Nessie off during periods of heightened outside scrutiny and then back on when it thinks no one is watching.
Four editors at inclusive children’s book publishers — Lee & Low, Denene Millner, Kokila, and Joy Revolution — tell PW why they love their work and their imprints’ missions.
The Audio Publishers Association’s Michele Cobb sees a steady gain by audiobooks in the United States’ publishing marketplace.
Founder and owner Mitchell Kaplan is spinning off the popular events at Books & Books into an affiliated, tax-exempt nonprofit. The arrangement will allow the new Books & Books Literary Foundation to accept charitable donations and government and foundation grants to support and significantly expand the store’s public and community programs.
The United Kingdom’s Publishers Association has opened its annual week of promotion for careers in the book publishing business.
MT @LauraB7 I am late to sharing this, but this report is full of pure gold. Give it a read if your work touches ebook publishing. It benchmarks ebook use in Canada and reveals the buying, borrowing, and reading habits of Canadian ebook consumers.
RT @BookRiot “NYPL has selected 70 adult books, 50 teen books, and 114 books for kids as their highlights of 2023. You can filter those results not just by genre, but also categories”
Digital curator Giulia Carla Rossi: ‘There is a misconception that if something is on the internet it will last for ever’
MT @inkbitspixels The Guardian just published an article about the British Library’s effort to preserve web and other digital content.
The widely criticized ‘HB 900′ signed by Texas’ governor is challenged by amicus briefs.
MT @veronikellymars “More than 11,000 Pulaski County students are unable to access online educational materials through their local public library”
MT @veronikellymars Residents of Lake Luzerne, New York, have had no public library access for months.
HT @sljournal The ACLU of Alaska, the Northern Justice Project, and parents of a district middle schooler have sued the Mat-Su School District for removing 56 books in April at the direction of the Mat-Su School Board. The plaintiffs’ lawyers noted that many protagonists in the challenged books are people of color or LGBTQ+ characters.
HT @sljournal “The ABCs of Book Banning,” a new MTV documentary streaming on Paramount+, sheds light on the thousands of books that have been removed from schools and libraries across the country.
Resources & Opportunities
LAST CHANCE — Join WMG on November 30 in-person for this extraordinary fundraising event featuring author Janet Stovall, DEI expert Jodi Brockington, & Pride Global Director of DEI Kamela Forbes! Tickets are on sale now, including a signed copy of Janet’s new book and time for festive pre-holiday networking! Register ASAP!
I love Creative Mornings — always inspiring! I am off 12/14. Hope you can join me! Grab your free ticket quick — it will sell out. 8:30–1030am ET Free in-person at SVA NYC or livestream.
HT @KateMessner Please fill out this form if you’re a traditionally published author or illustrator who would like to volunteer to Zoom with classes to celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 7, 2024.
Self-published /non-traditionally published authors and illustrators sign up for World Read Aloud Day.
HT @Tweetpathi A resource for unpublished and early career writers! Please join four distinguished young adult novel editors from Penguin Young Readers for an interactive evening featuring break out sessions, a Q+A, and an opportunity to submit your young adult manuscript to an editor from the panel after the event. 11/30 7pm virtual free #teamPRH
MT @theblcklst Do you know a screenwriter under 25 who could benefit from a $10,000 grant and professional mentorship? Encourage them to apply for the The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting.
HT @MeetJess The winter season is expected to bring a resurgence of the virus.
MT @dcpl All children in D.C. have the incredible opportunity to receive a free book every month starting from birth until they turn five. Let’s build a love for reading together! 📚
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