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Random House Is buying Boom! Studios

 

 

Penguin Random House continues its renewed emphasis of making strategic acquisitions with a new agreement to acquire comic book and graphic novel publisher Boom! Studios. The agreement, between the Random House Publishing Group and Boom! founder and chairman Ross Richie, is expected to close later this summer, at which point Boom! will become part of Random House Worlds.

 

 

 

 

Attack on Ukrainian printing plant disrupts publishing industry

 

 

On May 23, Russian missiles targeted the Factor Druk printing plant, one of the largest such plants in Europe and a crucial printer for the Ukrainian publishing industry. The attack killed seven employees at the plant and rendered one shop of the factory inoperable, with heavy damage throughout the building, forcing the plant to suspend operations. The fallout from the attack, some six weeks later, includes a delay in shipping books and an unexpected rise in prices in Ukraine.

 

 

 

 

End of the librarian? council cuts and new tech push profession to the brink

 

 

Staff in England's public libraries under threat of being replaced by automated checkouts amid budget pressures.

The role of the traditional "librarian behind the counter" is under threat in a drive by councils to cut staff hours using self-service checkouts. Officials in some local authorities are proposing that libraries can be operated at times without any professional librarians, relying on self-service technology, smartcards for entry and CCTV.

 

 

 

 

'It's a snowball effect': the gen Z niche reading event making waves in New York

 

 

Reading nights and avant-garde literary groups are rapidly emerging as platforms for younger generations to foster community and creatively share personal narratives – and one new series is making waves in New York.

Literary events are on the rise across the US, with CNN citing that book club listings have grown 24% in 2023 from the previous year.

 

 

 

 

Small press community slowly builds back after SPD failure

 

 

A little more than three months after Small Press Distribution abruptly closed, leaving some 400 independent presses without a trade distributor, publishers and distributors alike are moving forward even as damage assessment continues. Approximately 25% of the stranded publishers have found new distributors: Asterism Books has signed about 80 presses, Itasca Books has onboarded 21, and Independent Publishers Group has taken on 11.

 

 

 

 

ALA 2024: Librarians rally for the right to read

 

 

Freedom to read tops the list of librarians' priorities, and the American Library Association's 2024 conference emphasized the existential threats posed by book bans and the populist undermining of public institutions and trust. A Rally for the Right to Read, panels to counteract the censorship of diverse voices, and featured speakers including MSNBC journalist Ali Velshi (Small Acts of Courage), Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander (The Crossover), and Golden Globe-winning actor and picture book author Taraji P. Henson (You Can Be a Good Friend [No Matter What]) reinforced a message of solidarity and diversity.

 

 

 

 

Ismail Kadare, 88, dies; His novels brought Albania's plight to the world

 

 

Ismail Kadare, the Albanian novelist and poet who single-handedly wrote his isolated Balkan homeland onto the map of world literature, creating often dark, allegorical works that obliquely criticized the country's totalitarian state, died on Monday in Tirana, the Albanian capital. He was 88.

 

 

 

 

Ismail Kadare, 88, dies; His novels brought Albania's plight to the world

 

 

Ismail Kadare, the Albanian novelist and poet who single-handedly wrote his isolated Balkan homeland onto the map of world literature, creating often dark, allegorical works that obliquely criticized the country's totalitarian state, died on Monday in Tirana, the Albanian capital. He was 88.

 

 

 

 

The quiet crisis facing U.S. public libraries

 

 

According to most recent data from the Institute of Museum and Library services annual Public Library Survey, released earlier this month, gate counts at U.S. public libraries (that is, in-person visits) rose in 2022 over 2021. Overall, however, physical library visits—which have been in a troubling decline for more than a decade—remain dramatically lower than before the pandemic. IMLS counted about 671 million physical visits in 2022 vs. roughly 1.25 billion in 2019, the year before the pandemic shutdowns. And over the last decade, the average number of library visits per user per year has fallen by nearly half (49.1%).

 

 

 

 

Authors against book bans officially launches

 

 

After announcing their formation earlier this year, Authors Against Book Bans (AABB), a nascent organization of creators committed to defending the freedom to read, announced its official launch this week. In a release, reps said that the group of "writers, illustrators, and creators" in both the children's and adult sectors will work to "organize authors on the national and local levels" to support "grassroots groups already fighting book bans and challenges" around the country.

 

 

 

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