The ABA reported through the AP that the booksellers’ organization added 173 members over the last year. The ABA now counts 2,185 bookstore members, operating 2,599 locations in all. Forty-six new stores added over the past year reported diverse ownership. That represents an increase of 175 members — yet they only grew by 52 locations. […]
Those Fancy Large Language Models Were Trained On eBooks From Smashwords, Without Permission
With the avalanche of interest in generative AI and the large language models they are trained on, stories have resurfaced showing the process’s dirty roots. As shown in a 2021 working paper authored by Jack Bandy and Nicholas Vincent, OpenAI, Google’s BERT and variants, and many other foundational LLMs all have “documentation debt” to BookCorpus, […]
June Read With Jenna Pick
Jenna Bush Hager chose The Celebrants, by Steven Rowley as the Today Show Read With Jenna Pick for June.
Distribution: Page & Vine
Page & Vine, the publisher founded by author author Meredith Wild, will sell and distribute their titles through Simon & Schuster in the US and Canada, beginning with summer 2023 titles.
2023 International Booker Prize
Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel, won the International Booker Prize.