Creatives ascendant; AI-publisher roundup; Big 5 publisher challenge: Newsletter 17 July 2024

Creatives ascendant; AI-publisher roundup; Big 5 publisher challenge: Newsletter 17 July 2024

Newsletter 53. Why AI will boost, not threaten, true creative workers; Jane Friedman summarizes AI’s impact on publishers; Audible shares royalties. Plus three people to follow, three books to read, and how to get 77 Kindle books for less than a dollar each. The future belongs to creative workers There are so many ways to…

Gen Z graduates impress; Barnes & Noble rebounds; Authors Against Book Bans: Newsletter 3 July 2024
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Gen Z graduates impress; Barnes & Noble rebounds; Authors Against Book Bans: Newsletter 3 July 2024

Newsletter 51. A tribute to the grueling journey of this year’s graduation class. Plus, ableist ChatGPT, foot traffic to bookstores improves, plus three people to follow and three books to read. Spare a thought for the college Class of 2024 About 4 million people will complete a college degree this year. This is a class…

Nurturing humans; writers become bots; how not to save newspapers: Newsletter 26 June 2024
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Nurturing humans; writers become bots; how not to save newspapers: Newsletter 26 June 2024

Newsletter 50. A terrible (or wonderful?) way to grow a business. Europeans reading in English, writerbots, and creepy AI video. Plus, three people to follow, three books to read, and your last chance to be counted as an author. What do you nurture? I don’t nurture leads. I help people. Look, I know there is…

STEM fuels thinkers; Wiley’s $23m AI windfall; Stanford stands down: Newsletter 19 June 2024
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STEM fuels thinkers; Wiley’s $23m AI windfall; Stanford stands down: Newsletter 19 June 2024

Newsletter 49. Why STEM education is about mind exercise, not job training. Plus, why AI is fair turnabout for journalists, ChatGPT is a bullshitter, and the Stanford Internet Observatory stops tracking the spread of lies. Plus, three people to follow and three books to read. Training thinkers For more than a decade, people have been…

Idea workers prevail; Questlove fraud; unavoidable hallucinations: Newsletter 12 June 2024
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Idea workers prevail; Questlove fraud; unavoidable hallucinations: Newsletter 12 June 2024

Newsletter 48. Knowledge workers are old hat; long live idea workers. Plus, audiobooks grow like mad, Texas court refuses to restore banned fart books, and proof that AI will never stop hallucinating. Also, three people to follow, three books to read, and a chance to register your experience as an author. The ascendance of the…

Don’t compete; self-pub blowout; beyond AI hallucinations: Newsletter 5 June 2024
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Don’t compete; self-pub blowout; beyond AI hallucinations: Newsletter 5 June 2024

Newsletter 47. How not to get sucked into hypercompetition, Bill Gates’ memoir, AI whistleblower protection, plus three people to follow, three books to read, and the world’s largest business author survey. How to succeed without competing For decades, I was driven to compete. I had to be the best. I was top of my class,…

Smart wrong people; rampant drivel; foolish bookstore investors: Newsletter 29 May 2024
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Smart wrong people; rampant drivel; foolish bookstore investors: Newsletter 29 May 2024

Newsletter 46: Curiosity beats animosity, OpenAI trains ChatGPT-5, Google spreads fakery, plus three people to follow and three books to read. The value of principled argument When I was a media analyst, companies often brought me in to hear my perspective. Many of the companies who hired me also intensely (and sometimes very publicly) disagreed…

Attaining perfection; beyond moral panic; AI-free book contracts: Newsletter 22 May 2024
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Attaining perfection; beyond moral panic; AI-free book contracts: Newsletter 22 May 2024

How to do your work perfectly and why that matters, plus why mobile phones aren’t destroying our youth’s mental health, why centrism isn’t really neopopulism, three people to follow, and three books to read. Why perfection matters — to authors and all creative workers Authors get maybe one chance every couple of years to put…

Care carefully; book bans stumble; AI evolves; Celtic clarity: Newsletter 15 May 2024
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Care carefully; book bans stumble; AI evolves; Celtic clarity: Newsletter 15 May 2024

Newsletter 44: Getting old means not giving a damn about stuff that doesn’t matter. Also, why you shouldn’t buy at Amazon’s book sale, Google and OpenAI announce great steps forward, why Joe Mazzulla is a profound philosopher, plus three people to follow and three books to read. On not giving a damn If you’ve had…