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“In a letter sent to suppliers, Steve Geppi, founder and chairman of Geppi Family Enterprises which owns Diamond Distributors, outlined the terms under which the distributor would resume payments to publishers and other vendors.The payment plan applies to both Diamond Comic Distributors and Diamond Book Distributors. In addition, Geppi said Diamond senior executives will immediately take a 50% pay cut.”
Diamond Reveals New Payment Terms; Execs Take Pay Cut, by Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly, 7 April 2020

Great. Now pay your small to mid-size publishers before they fold. Please and thank you. Marvel and DC will survive; the smaller presses might not. Fantagraphics must be having a nasty flashback of when their distributor folded and almost took them with it. It even makes me shudder.

“Even as New Delhi’s air quality improves during the nation’s three-week lockdown, the National Book Trust is developing content responsive to the COVID-19 crisis.”
India’s National Book Trust To Produce ‘Corona Studies Series’, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 6 April 2020

“Overnight the Democratic party has undergone a tectonic shift in regards to debt relief. The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, has paused all medical and student debt owed to the state. The other week, representatives Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley introduced a coronavirus-timed piece of legislation that would forgive at least $30,000 of student debt per borrower. Similarly, Democrats in the House and Senate, led by Elizabeth Warren, pushed for a suspension of student loan payments and a $10,000 ‘payoff’ for all federal student loan borrowers to be included in the stimulus package, but were blocked by the opposition.”
Cancelling student debt was always the right thing to do. Now it’s imperative, by Astra Taylor, The Guardian, 7 April 2020

“Springer Nature has committed to transition the vast majority of its Springer Nature-owned English language journals that are not already open access, including Nature and the Nature Research journals, to become Transformative Journals. The approach means that Plan S-funded authors will be able to continue to submit research to these journals, subject to acceptability of transparency requirements to be published by cOAlition S.”
Springer Nature commits to transition majority of journals, by Research Information, 9 April 2020

“Is it Really Necessary to Have a Pandemic, to Rethink IT Strategy?”
Was Your IT Infrastructure Ready for COVID-19?, by Enrico Signoretti, Gigaom, 6 April 2020

“Stock market crash strips billionaire status from 267 of world’s richest people in the annual list.”
Donald Trump ‘lost $1bn in a month’ from coronavirus lockdown, by Rupert Neate, The Guardian, 7 April 2020

“7 in 10 consumers have expressed safety concerns about handling print magazines, per one survey, despite assurances from the CDC. With magazine publishers bracing for a likely downturn in single-copy sales as the COVID-19 pandemic forces the closures of newsstands and retail outlets across the country, providers of digital-replica editions are sensing an opportunity to onboard new clients.”
Digital Edition Providers See Opportunity in Print Disruption Amid Covid-19, by Greg Dool, Folio, 6 April 2020

“The Open Research Community (ORC), an interactive platform launched this week after a test phase, offers users the opportunity to expand their professional networks on the topics of open access (OA), open research and open science. In addition to blog posts and up-to-date information in the form of policy papers and research reports, the ORC offers the opportunity to interact with other experts in the network (e.g., via video panels). An initiative of Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the ORC is free to use. Its stated mission is to support the worldwide exchange of information on future-oriented research and OA publishing by bringing together libraries, publishers and researchers.”
Open Research Community launched, by Research Information, 8 April 2020

“Driven by a narcissistic and possibly sociopathic desire to parent, what happens when no one listens to the celebrities that know best during a time of crisis? If the rich and famous are unable to guide our moral compass, who serves as the magnetic north?”
Celebrities, coronavirus has exposed how irrelevant you have become, by Rohit Thawani, The Guardian, 7 April 2020


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