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Weekly Round-Up: March 23, 2018

weekly round up 3.23.18 - authors guild

weekly round up 3.23.18 - authors guild

Our round-up of key news affecting authors. In this week’s edition: a new way to publish audiobooks, what to do when you are embarrassed by your own book and more.

We Asked 7 Lawyers to Untangle the Broadway Fight over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The New York Times

Seven lawyers chime in, including the Guild’s Cheryl Davis, on how to determine whether a script adaptation crosses the line of what is permissible by deviating from the “spirit” of the original novel.

Google Pours $300 Million into Effort to Aid News Publishers

Bloomberg Technology

Google is rolling out a new feature, Subscribe with Google, aimed at helping media publishers grow subscriptions, battling fake news, and supporting digital journalism.

Online Piracy Is More Popular Than Ever, Research Suggests


With over 300 billion visits per year, illegally streaming and downloading data from pirate websites continues to rise and most of the visits are from the United States.

Smashwords, Findaway Voices Team to Offer Audiobook Production, Distribution

Publishers Weekly

The self-publishing platform Smashwords is partnering with Findaway Voices, to make it “more economically feasible for authors and publishers to invest in audiobook production for shorter books, or books that might carry lower prices.”

What Should I Do If I’m Ashamed of My Published Work?

Electric Literature

Elisa Gabbert, in her column The Blunt Instrument, gives advice on how to recover from post-publishing regret.