February 24, 2023
In this week’s edition: AI updates from across the publishing industry, library ebook bills may be back, the Internet Archive case inches forward, Idaho citizens move to close a local library, and more.
ChatGPT Launches Boom in AI-Written Ebooks on AmazonReutersWould-be writers are using AI to create ebooks for self-publication in a matter of hours. More than 200 books in the Kindle store list ChatGPT as an author or co-author, with untold more not disclosing that they were written wholly or in part by AI.
Meridian Residents File Petition to Eliminate Library DistrictKTVBAn Idaho citizens group has moved to eliminate its local library district, claiming the library supports the “sexual indoctrination of minors” and provides “access to obscene and sexually explicit materials.”
With New Model Language, Library Ebook Bills Are BackPublishers WeeklyA year after a court struck down Maryland’s mandatory ebook licensing law, advocates have unveiled new model legislation to regular ebook licensing terms without running afoul of copyright law.
The U.S. Copyright Office Says You Can’t Copyright Midjourney AI-Generated ImagesThe VergeThe copyright registration for a graphic novel illustrated with Midjourney has been revised to cover only the work’s human authored text, according to a letter from the U.S. Copyright Office to the registrant’s lawyer.
Oral Argument Set in Internet Archive Copyright CasePublishers WeeklyOn March 20, a federal judge will hear arguments for summary judgment in the case filed by four major publishers over the Internet Archive’s scanning and lending of books.
Underpaid and Overworked: A Look at Salaries and Benefits in PublishingBook RiotThe harsh financial realities of working in the publishing industry mean many workers simply can’t afford to stay.
Legendary Sci-Fi Magazine Halts Submissions Amid Deluge of AI-Written StoriesViceClarkesworld Magazine has closed all submissions as it works out how to deal with a flood of short stories written by ChatGPT. The publication’s editor said more than 500 people have been banned from submitting in February 2023, compared to around 20 a year ago.
15 Books by Black Authors You Should Read No Matter the MonthBuzzFeed NewsAs we near the end of Black History Month, BuzzFeed offers a list of timeless books by Black authors, ranging from literary fiction to memoir.
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