August 11, 2023
In this week’s edition: A new buyer for Simon & Schuster, why readers should care about the writers strike, Americans are concerned about AI, and more.
KKR Wins S&S for $1.62 BillionPublishers WeeklyKKR, a private investment firm, has agreed to purchase Simon & Schuster, with industry stakeholders expressing mixed feelings about the acquisition’s potential impacts on the publishing industry.
#WGAstrong: Why Readers Should Care About the Writers StrikeThe Daily BeastThe Writers Guild of America’s strike passed its 100th day, continuing their demands for things that ultimately shape our cultural narratives and entertainment choices.
Virginia’s Book Ban Law Will No Longer Explicitly Target HomosexualityLGBTQ NationCritics of the original law said reducing homosexuality to just “sexual behavior” is outdated and belittling.
Google says AI systems should be able to mine publishers’ work unless companies opt outThe GuardianThe tech giant proposes that AI systems should be allowed to access online content unless publishers opt out, a stance that critics argue could undermine copyright laws and disproportionately impact smaller creators.
Majority of Americans Are Concerned About Rapidly Developing AI: PollThe HillIn a survey of 1,001 registered voters in the United States, 62 percent of respondents said they were mostly or somewhat concerned about growth in AI.
Why We Need Indigenous Languages in Children’s BooksBook RiotThe rapid decline of Indigenous languages, rich in history and culture, highlights the urgency for preservation. Children’s books are seen as an essential tool for revitalization and cultural empowerment.