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Books Aren’t Amazon’s Top Priority

In this time of need, Amazon, has decided to suspend shipping for items that aren’t top priority. Unfortunately, even with all the school closings, books aren’t considered a priority right now. Only things people ACTUALLY need are going to be shipped.

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Now that everyone is basically quarantined in their homes, ordering supplies is what people are doing more now than ever. So, because of this increase in demand, medical supplies and other household essentials are taking top priority. These things should be priority because it is what people need the most of, and going to the stores isn’t always an option, mainly because lots of the items are already sold out. Books is just one of many items that Amazon ships out, that will be taking a back seat until at least April 5.

 

However, the company knows how hard this going to be on business, so they are doing their best to increase their capacity. About 100,000 part time and full time job positions for the company are open all over the U.S. Maybe the people who are struggling with money during this pandemic can apply for an Amazon position. They need all the help they can get, and it’s important that we work together to get through this tough time. This will definitely hurt the self-published authors who publish through the company and independent sellers as well.

For all you book lovers out there, remember if you have a Kindle, you can download E-books from Amazon or you can always re-read the books on your shelves that you already own. Books are important, but right now keep washing your hands and stay inside.

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Plagiarizing Authors Are Taking Advantage of You on Amazon!

The coronavirus seems to be worsening with each passing week. There may be something just as bad brewing in the book world, however. It’s name? Misinformation. An article published by Allison Flood on The Guardian highlights a recent uptake in self-published books.  “How is that bad?,” you may be asking.  Well, according to The Guardian, the books being published are ranging from children’s stories to plagiarized cut-and-paste guides of the official advice that we’re seeing from agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.

 

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As we’ve seen recently, there has been a lot of price gouging for various health-related items like face masks and hand sanitizer on Amazon. Now, Amazon is seeing lots and lots of books being put up for sale that don’t offer any real useful advice for those worried about coronavirus. It’s merely feeding off people’s fears for monetary gain.  #QuestionableEthics!

 

According to Flood, search results for coronavirus on Amazon on Thursday morning gave results like Corbi Yang’s Coronavirus, which allegedly copied most of its information off of a web page. As of right now, this book isn’t on Amazon anymore. Funnily enough, after typing ‘coronavirus’ into the search bar on Amazon, one book that stood out to me was titled “in the end you have to protect yourself at all times mask Notebook…”.  I can’t say I’ve ever seen a published notebook before. This notebook capitalizes on fear of the coronavirus by using an image of a mask in order to sway you into buying it (feel free to search for it on Amazon for fun, but I didn’t link to it to prevent people from mistakenly buying it).

 

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Flood also highlights various books that were on Amazon that simply plagiarized off of official sources.  Such examples are “Wuhan Coronavirus,” which was published by Tracy Rinehart, or books by Dr. Kelsey Graham which drew information from the CDC.  Flood states that Rinehart’s book “features a girl in a face mask standing in front of a castle, which makes use of NBC News stories about the crisis.” It’s really disturbing to think that people are willing to plagiarize and exploit people’s fears to make money.

 

This isn’t to say that all the new books being published on Amazon are bad, though. If you were to search for ‘purell hand sanitizer’ on Amazon, you can get search results for many books on how to make your own hand sanitizer. Considering that there is a shortage on hand sanitizer, these books offer different solutions. Mari C Alvarez’s book “All Natural Homemade DIY Hand Sanitizer,”  is currently a best seller. Flood also links Amanda King’s “DIY Hand Sanitizer” book, which is another best seller on the website right now. As Flood mentions in her article, there is some original content being sold on Amazon, despite the plagiarism.

Amazon states that they are continuing to maintain their content guidelines for books and require sellers, authors, and even publishers to maintain correct information in not only their products but the product details on their sale pages. Amazon is currently providing a link above search results related to the coronavirus titled ‘Coronavirus protection’ for those who want detailed, accurate, and official information about the virus.

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Hachette Controversy Update

You may recall our article from last week on the controversy over Hachette’s choice to publish a memoir from accused sexual abuser Woody Allen.

As of our last article, protests were merely hypothetical, but the book community did take a stand, and Hachette employees in New York and Boston even walked out in protest, according to the BBC.

Hachette’s initial reaction to objections from Allan’s own son, renown investigative journalist Ronan Farrow (see our original article for more on Farrow and his objections, as well as further background), was tepid at best, and even now, they have been reported as saying (see the BBC again), that they don’t cancel deals with authors lightly. Then again, many other publishers rejected Allen’s memoir outright, and Amazon canceled a four movie deal with the infamous director after the reemergence of abuse allegations.

The walk out, combined with apparent meetings with employees, seem to have convinced Hachette to cancel the book this week.

The memoir was set to come out in April, though announcement seems to have been delayed, and Farrow alleges the deal was hidden from him by the publisher, and the delay in announcement certainly pushed off protests, deliberately or not.

 

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Coronavirus Fears Cancel London Book Fair

In a tweet earlier this morning, Reed Exhibitions announced that they would not be holding the London Book Fair this year, due to fears of the notorious virus. The annual event, which boasts around 25,000 exhibitors and visitors per year, will be sorely missed by both vendors and patrons.

 

 

Originally scheduled to take place between March 10 and 12 in Olympia, many big publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Amazon had already withdrawn due to travel bans and overall concern for employee health. Many were concerned that Reed hadn’t canceled the event sooner, despite the financial reprimands they would face as a company.

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As Reed reassures in a quote: “We have been following UK government guidelines and working with the rolling advice from the public health authorities and other organizations, and so it is with reluctance that we have taken the decision not to go ahead with this year’s event.”

 

 

It is still unclear whether prospective patrons will receive a refund, despite their cries to event organizers via tweets. The company claims that the event will return in full force for 2021, though they may face backlash from publishers and fans over the untimely decision this year.

 

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You Don’t Want To Miss Audible’s Top BHM Picks

As I should hope you’re all aware by now; February is Black History Month. It’s an international celebration of African-American leaders and artists, and Audible have some top titles to mark the occasion. Abby, Audible editor, says that Audible has chosen to “highlight luminaries who’ve taken the lead in shaping change and movement”. With activism as a core subject, here’s what they’ve picked:

 

Staff picks

The team at Audible have chosen Michelle Obama’s Becoming as a staff favorite, alongside Such a Fun Age and The Skin I’m InThese were chosen for a myriad of very valid reasons, but one thing they share is the incredible authors of color at their helm. Why not take a listen yourself and see if you agree with their choices?

 

MEMOIRS

In telling important stories of African-American experience, it’s important to have an authentic voice. These titles are memoirs from leading speakers and visionaries of color, such as Staceyann Chin and Nelson Mandela. Plus, with such a wide range of titles, there’s something in there to interest everyone.

 

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FICTION

Storytelling is an integral part of many different cultures, and in these titles, their authors have ingrained senses as storytellers. This is particularly noted for authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, who retains the vernacular speech in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Having a story told in the voice that would have originally told it heightens the entire experience.

 

politics

In activism, a political voice is always necessary. These titles “dive deep into the issues, both past and present”. There’s a wide range of diverse voices from Barack Obama to Stacey Abrams, most of which are narrated by the author themselves. Commemorations of Black History Month often take place in political spheres, too, making this section particularly necessary.

 

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What’s new?

Some of their titles are free to Audible members for the month of February, like Malcolm and Me written and performed by Ishmael Reed, or Our Harlem written and performed by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

On February 18th, two new titles are being released as part of The Great Courses:

African American Athletes Who Made History, written and performed by Louis Moore

Great Figures of the Civil Rights Movement, written and performed by Hasan Kwame Jefferies

Not only are these great titles for the series, they are perfect for Black History Month.

 

Audible have tonnes more to offer from Children/YA literature, to author interviews and profiles. Check out their Black History Month portal here for all of their February content to mark the occasion.

 

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