Five books for sale on Amazon were removed after author Jane Friedman complained that the titles were falsely listed as being written by her. The books, which Friedman believes were written by AI, were also listed on the Amazon-owned reviews site Goodreads.
“It feels like a violation, because it’s really low quality material with my name on it,” Friedman told the Guardian. Friedman was first made aware of the scam titles when a reader noticed them on Amazon and suspected they were fraudulent. Having experience with ChatGPT, Friedman began looking for ways to take them down. She submitted a claim form to Amazon but the books were not taken down because Friedman had not trademarked the name. However the books had been taken down by Amazon and GoodReads by Tuesday. AI and ChatGPT have certainly changed our landscape! And no doubt may change the laws! This is from an article by Ella Creamer in the Guardian which appeared August 9, 2023. www.theguardian.com/ https://janefriedman.com/blog/
What literary interests did British Queens have? Turns out – a lot like yours and mine. During the pandemic, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was separated from friends and family and grandchildren. She enjoyed reading and was inspired to share a list of books she recommended or found pleasure in reading through Instagram. The idea caught on and led to the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room, now renamed as the Queen’s Reading room, and an international audience took shape. One of the first books Camilla recommended was A Tale of Two Cities. Queen Victoria was also a devoted reader, including the Bronte’s, Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot’s Adam Bede. Queen Elizabeth II dealt with countless ministers and dignitaries. But her personal reading included historical fiction, detective stories, Dick Francis, Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer. Books, as Camilla says, bring us together. A good book can be a true treasure. See Majesty Magazine, Queen’s Libraries by Aurora Wheeler Pfaff.
Have you been keeping up with the Writers Guild of America strike? I understand that writers are auctioning off items to raise money for film and television workers who are affected by the Hollywood walkouts. Things like a signed script of the Seinfeld finale, Jack Handey’s deep thoughts notecards, the 19th century swivel chair by Robert Evans, producer and studio executive of “The Godfather” and “Chinatown”, a “Connor Roy for President” hat from Succession. https://www.themarysue.com/wga-is-auctioning-off-some-awesome-stuff-to-support-the-writers-strike/
Moving right along, there is a collective cry from authors, artists, and internet publishers who are beginning to realize that generative AI is built partly on the backs of their works. Thousands of authors have signed an open letter demanding that AI companies obtain permission and pay to use their works. The companies including OpenAI and Microsoft and Google say their use of the data without compensation is permitted. Charleston Post and Courier July 31, 2023.
The Gala reception at the Charleston Conference every year is generally held at the South Carolina Aquarium. We have learned that the Aquarium has just received $1.5 million through the SC state budget. Have you visited the Sea Turtle Care Center yet? We are looking forward to the Gala reception in November 2023! See you there!