Industry & Advocacy News
June 10, 2022
In this week’s edition: FTC Chair Lina Khan says consumers can expect an aggressive antitrust agenda over the next several months; Tertulia, a new book discovery app, is now available for iPhones; both Lit Hub and The New York Times ask who gets to decide what’s “literature”; a book critic at Slate wants to know why so many book titles include the full name of the protagonist; and more.
Who are the “Real Writers,” Anyway?Lit HubA short essay on the importance of not letting anyone else define you either as an author or as a person.
New App Aims to Improve Book DiscoveryPublishers WeeklyTertulia is a new book discovery app for iPhone that uses both AI and editorial curation to vet 10,000 different sources—including reviews, social media posts, awards, podcasts, bestseller lists, book club picks, and critics’ picks—and suggest books to readers based on a series of questions they have answers. Ingram Content Group has invested in Tertulia and will fulfill books ordered via the app,
Once a Literary Snob, Chris Pavone Learned From the ExpertsThe New York TimesAs a young copyeditor at Doubleday, thriller writer Chris Pavone initially dismissed any authors who hadn’t won a critical literary prize. Then he got involved in editing projects by John Grisham and Pat Conroy, transforming him both as a reader and now as a best-selling author.
Lina Khan, a Big Tech Critic, Tries Answering Her Own DetractorsThe New York TimesNow that a third Democrat has been appointed to the five-member Federal Trade Commission, FTC Chair Lina Khan says consumers can expect to see an aggressive antitrust agenda and major antitrust litigation. Khan refused to confirm whether that will include a suit against Amazon, but she did note that antitrust laws are specifically designed to prevent companies that control a key “artery” of commerce from using that control illegally.
The Weirdly Specific Trend That Has Taken Over Women’s FictionSlateA publishing industry critic talks about why including the protagonist’s full name in a book’s title followed by an action has turned into a huge trend, particularly for women’s fiction.
The Kurt Vonnegut Library is Donating 1,000 Copies of Slaughterhouse-Five to FloridaLit HubTo counter a challenge by Moms for Liberty, which wants to ban Slaughterhouse-Five in Brevard County, Florida, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library plans to donate more than 1,000 free copies of the book to teachers and students there.