This week, OpenAI briefly went into what has felt like meltdown as it sacked its longstanding CEO, Sam Altman. There is no official word as to the reason for the firing, with cryptic messages about candid communication. But there are several theories around the real reason for the breakdown.
Last week, the Authors’ Guild filed a class action against the tech giant. What makes this lawsuit particularly significant is the number of high profile authors whose names are attached. The name most of the headlines focus their attention on is Song of Ice and Fire author George R R Martin. ALLi's Self-publishing News reports on this latest lawsuit against OpenAI.
Today on the Self-Publishing News podcast: It's authors vs. OpenAI as lawsuits and petitions seek compensation for content scraped by ChatGPT. But, as News Editor Dan Holloway and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy report, the issue is not that simple. Also, USA Today relaunches its bestseller list, which is good news for indie authors. Howard and Dan discuss these and other stories making the news this month in indie publishing.
USA Today bestseller list is back, in partnership with Bookshop.org and authors sue OpenAI for allegedly using their books to train ChatGPT.
Indie author L J Ross appears on The Bookseller cover celebrating 8 million sales, Twitter introduces reading restrictions, and indie Fiona Scott-Barrett is runner-up in inaugural ADCI Literary Prize
Bookseller survey of traditionally published debut authors reveals publishing shortcomings. Supreme Court refuses AI patent challenge.
ChatGPT to Launch Premium Paid Service while Microsoft will Invest $10bn in OpenAI
Storytel is embarrassed by the success of audiobook erotica on its website while Wattpad launches a promising venture in Korea.