Amazon Selling Plagiarized Books

On March 20, Book Division Co-Chair Aleah Barley, joined Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger and a number of Authors Coalition member organizations on a conference call to explore ways to stop plagiarism on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and Kindle Unlimited (KU) platforms. The call was in preparation for a possible letter writing campaign […]

One Year After Arrest, Memphis Journalist Manuel Duran Still Jailed by ICE, Showing the Injustice of U.S. Immigration System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 3, 2019 Contact: Jeff Migliozzi jeff.migliozzi@splcenter.org / (334) 303-1261 Duran Continues Fight with Habeas Filing Memphis, Tenn. – On April 3 of last year, journalist Manuel Duran was arrested while covering a Memphis protest focused on local law enforcement’s practice of detaining suspected immigrants and handing them over to U.S. Immigration and […]

President’s April 2019 Report

Non-Payment Grievances In our first major non-payment grievance of 2019, payments are going out to six freelancers at Out Magazine/Pride Media worth about $9,500. Overall, 30 freelancers will be collecting more than $40,000 for work that was contracted, produced and published by Out Magazine/Pride Media. Some of the invoices are more than a year old. […]

George Lakey on the Plus Side of a Polarized Society

NWU member George Lakey spoke recently about how the Scandinavian countries went from a deeply polarized region in the 1920s and 30s, with Nazis and Bolsheviks fighting each other, to the most economically equal region with the highest productivity and most generous benefits in the world. Lakey, a recently retired professor at Swarthmore (PA) College, […]

Yusef Salaam on Writing While Black

In commemoration of African American History Month, NWU’s New York chapter presented “Writing While Black” on February 13th at NWU headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Veteran journalist Herb Boyd, who is also an Amsterdam News columnist, led journalists Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Yusef Salaam, along with poets Eartha Watts-Hicks, JP Howard, and Raymond Nat Turner (co-chair of NWU’s […]

How writers monetize words: The marketplaces for writing in digital formats

The Internet is often depicted as a threat to traditional print publishing and traditional print publishers — which it is. But the Internet has also created many new digital publishing and income opportunities for tech-savvy, innovative, and entrepreneurial writers. This includes ways to make money from business models and types of writing that would be […]

Mueller, “Collusion,” and the Corporate Media

That sucking sound you hear is the air going out of the room after the completion of the special prosecutor’s investigation.  I don’t know about you, but personally, I feel a bit snookered, as if I had been tricked into a three-card Monty or a shell game. The thing that bothers me most is that […]

Response to our appeal and FAQ from proponents of “Controlled Digital Lending”

There’s been no direct response from the Internet Archive in the month since the NWU and dozens of other organizations launched our campaign against so-called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). Unauthorized scanning and distribution of digital copies of printed books continues, unchecked. The defenders of CDL have, however, posted their own new FAQ which is obviously […]

Boycott Book Festivals run by JM Northern Media!

National Writers Union member Jan Maher, who won the grand prize at the 2017 Great Midwest Book Festival sponsored by JM Northern Media, has still not received a check for the $1,100 appearance fee and travel expenses she was due for appearing at the New England Book Festival in February 2018.

NWU’s Hasbrouck to Speak at March 28 Free Digital Marketplace Workshop

The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force will host an all-day workshop Thursday, March 28, about the standards and tools that content producers use in the Internet age. The event will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office campus in Alexandria, VA, and will be webcast. The theme is “Developing the Digital Marketplace […]