Hello writers and happy last weekend of June! We hope you’re all staying cool and are gearing up for an excellent summer. Since our last roundup, we’ve hosted two Ask Kobo Anythings. If you missed the live events, do not fret! You can watch them both right here.
The first one was all about audiobooks:
And the second one was all about Kobo Plus:
There has also been some big Kobo news recently! First, we announced the winners of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize:
Second, our newest device the Kobo Elipsa launched this week! You can order your Elipsa on www.kobo.com and can get all of the behind-the-scenes info on the device creation process on our latest episode of the KWL Podcast.
We have a lot of publishing news to catch up on so let’s dive right in!
Starting with some indie publishing news: Draft2Digital has added Borrow Box to their list of distributors.
The Kindle has changed their exclusivity guidelines for Kindle Vella.
OverDrive has acquired video streaming service Kanopy.
Wattpad and Naver are joining studio forces to create Wattpad Webtoon, and have pledged $100 million to develop the project.
A new right-wing publisher, All Seasons Press, is being launched by Louise Burke (former publisher at Simon & Schuster) and Kate Hartson (former editorial director at Hachette).
A private equity firm has purchased McGraw Hill Education Publishing.
New legislature has passed in New York and Maryland ensuring libraries are able to license and lend any eBooks that are available to the public.
The virtual auction Books for Palestine has raised $86,000 for Palestinian kids in need.
Toronto International Festival of Authors is remaining virtual for 2021, and will be launching a new crime festival when it returns in 2022.
Amazon is blaming social media companies for false reviews on their site.
Harper Collins has come to an agreement with the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to acquire the publishing rights to his entire archive.
A collection of rare Emily Bronte manuscripts have been pulled from auction thanks to fans of the author.
The winners of the Selfie Awards were announced.
This is a great introduction to the phenomenon of BookTok and some of the creators behind it.
The 2021 winner of Canada Reads, Jonny Appleseed, has been optioned for TV.
Will Smith is releasing a memoir this fall.
Interview with a Vampire is being adapted into an AMC miniseries (no one can replace Brad as Louis in my heart).
If you need a new idea to spice up your book club, maybe you can draw some inspiration from this New York based club that writes songs based on the books they read.
And to round out audiobook month, a couple of great articles about the future of audiobooks.
First, this really interesting piece that investigates whether the growing popularity of audiobooks will change how authors approach writing.
And lastly, a great piece looking at representation in audiobook casting.
Have a great weekend!
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