April 10, 2023
In this week’s edition: Women now dominate the book business, but not other creative industries; the debate over posthumous sensitivity editing; book publishing’s bilingual boom; AI brings new life to old audiobook narrations; an attempt to apply DeSantis’ Florida censorship law to his own book; even “big name” authors are reading to empty rooms; and more.
Women Now Dominate the Book Business. Why There and Not Other Creative Industries?NPR’s Planet MoneyNPR interviews an economist responsible for a recent study on the book market’s female evolution.
As Classic Novels Get Revised for Today’s Readers, a Debate About Where to Draw the LineThe New York TimesAs classics are reworked to remove offensive and insensitive language, authors and readers alike wonder when posthumous editing goes too far.
Book Publishing’s Bilingual BoomPublishers WeeklyPW reports on the rapidly growing U.S. market for Spanish-language books.
He’s Narrating Your New Audiobook. He’s Also Been Dead for Nearly 10 Years.The Wall Street JournalApple, Google, and others are using AI technology to bring new life to old audio book narrations.
Democrats Bid to Use Censorship Law Against DeSantis and Ban His BookThe GuardianDemocrats in Florida are attempting to use a state law that censors books in public schools against the governor who signed the law into existence, highlighting instances of language in his book they contend could violate his own guidelines.
Where Have All the 13- to 15-Year-Old Protagonists Gone?Publishers WeeklyA middle school librarian opines that while there is a plethora of 12-year-old main characters, we need more stories for upper middle school readers.
What’s Going On with all the Empty Author Signing Pics?Literary HubEven ‘big name’ authors are sharing stories of empty rooms at book readings. Literary Hub discusses why this might be happening and how some authors are responding.
VP, Publisher Krishan Trotman is Bringing Forth the Future of Publishing with Hachette Group’s Legacy LitForbesA new imprint aims to help publishing more accurately reflect the world around us, in terms of both demographics and digital innovation.