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In this week’s edition: AI chatbots are transforming the internet; Mattel forms a publishing imprint for its toy brands; Barnes & Noble bounces back; a closer look at the PEN America Literary Awards; a Russian journalist evades censorship; and more.

The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy
The New York Times
AI chatbots are upending every industry that does business online, promising changes to every aspect of authorship—from research and tracking to sales and marketing.

Mattel Will Form Its Own Publishing Imprint
Publishers Weekly
Mattel has announced a new in-house publishing imprint to expand its popular toy franchises, with a planned launch in the U.S. and Canada in 2024.

Inside the “Oscars for Books,” the PEN America Literary Awards
Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair reports on an awards event it characterized as “part awards show, part leadership summit.”

How Barnes & Noble Turned a Page, Expanding for the First Time in Years
Barnes & Noble is back from the dead, with plans to open 30 new stores in 2023. The revitalized chain is taking many of its cues from indie bookstores, with smaller, more targeted selections based on local interests and trends.

Twitter Insiders: We Can’t Protect Users from Trolling Under Musk
BBC News
Mass layoffs and changes at Twitter since November have gutted the site’s ability to manage trolling and disinformation, according to current and former employees.

A Russian Editor Evades Putin’s Censorship
The New York Times
How one journalist and editor is combining new tech and old-fashioned “shoe leather” to report the news in Russia.

How Self-Published Authors Can Successfully Promote Their Work Online
A virtual events planner offers promotional tips for authors that may not have full backing of a publishing or marketing team.