Posted on August 3, 2023 at 8:25 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Catch up quick with the bookish news of the past few days ... or take a deeper dive into each story. Your choice!
The family of Henrietta Lacks has reached a settlement with a biotech company that profited off the tissue taken from Lacks's body without her consent; the incredible innovations — and lack of compensation for the family — from these cells became mainstream knowledge through Rebecca Skloot's 2010 book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (The Associated Press).
Second-round bids for the publishing company Simon & Schuster were due earlier this week, with a source saying a huge private-equity firm and the owner of a competing publishing house were among the remaining bidders (The New York Times).
A judge has recommended that a monopolization claim against Amazon should proceed, but suggested that claims that Amazon and the big five publishers colluded — and that the publishers colluded among themselves — should be tossed (Publishers Weekly).
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