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59.5: DOJ vs PRH Twitter threads

Updated: Aug 24


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Howdy! I've been following the US Department of Justice vs Penguin Random House Trial, regarding Penguin Random House' legal ability to merge with Simon & Shuster. Since the case isn't been televised or live streamed, I've kept track via live-tweet threads. While the first such reporter kept his thread consolidated, not everyone unofficially reporting on the trial has done so, making following the trial somewhat confusing. That's why I've compiled the list of threads in consecutive order here. Or attempted to, more like.


Also, navigating twitter threads is way harder on the desktop version than on the mobile. I tried to use the twitter advanced search tools to condense these but, unfortunately, it crashed. So.


John H Maher: @JohnHMaher:

Works with Publishers Weekly, according to Twitter bio

My hero. All these tweets are in a beautiful tidy thread. It's super easy to use the like feature like a bookmark so you know where you left off. We can all learn from this man.

  1. DOJvPRH days 1-6

  2. DOJvPRH day 10 I think, Bonus input

Bethanne Patrick: @TheBookMaven

Book reviewer with LA Times, according the Twitter Bio

She definitely meant well and started threading later in her tweets. Trouble is, there is little consistency with how desktop twitter shows threads on the timeline. Mobile might be easier to deal with. I think these are in order. Idk. I did my best. Either way, what she relayed was informative.

  1. DOJvPRH day 7

  2. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557361548280188929

  3. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557364315782537220

  4. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557365912541462536

  5. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557368945358913536

  6. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557399673387724800

  7. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557370495888138242

  8. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557419748572467203

  9. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557433722366038018

  10. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557440498603794433

  11. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557529834523426817

  12. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557697249467142151

  13. DOJvPRH day 8

  14. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557721728473784320

  15. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557725074500620289

  16. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557727493292904449

  17. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557730910404874241

  18. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557733443521236998

  19. Bonus Thread Unroll: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1557733443521236998.html

  20. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557754058232025088

  21. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557792706792931329

  22. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557798589576929280

  23. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557815388880179200

  24. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557816912326889474

  25. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1557820037423054850

  26. DOJvPRH day 9

  27. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559170549200338946

  28. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559177547501510657

  29. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559186535597088769

  30. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559190856573255681

  31. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559204465818963971

  32. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559218552426663936

  33. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559219324778418176

  34. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559220619132166156

  35. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559221585206251520

  36. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559233056531161089

  37. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559240079016869888

  38. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559244198691356673

  39. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559246004918095873

  40. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559250684255535106

  41. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559266328976007171

  42. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559280180992016389

  43. https://twitter.com/TheBookMaven/status/1559284235890003976

  44. DOJvPRH day 10, I think, Bonus Input

Edward Nawotka: @EdNawotka

Bookselling and International Editor with Publishers Weekly, according to Twitter bio

Not gonna lie, a small part of my secular soul was praying this reporter would turn his live feed into a thread. Though, for my purposes, individual tweets OR one long consistent thread are so much easier to list than a dozen small threads⁠—in case you were wondering how confident I am in the above & below lists (hint: I'm not). While this reporter means well, at multiple points, they just started replying to the same tweet, their tweet, trying to thread, which added to the confusion. Then he began a thread as a reply to a comment to a thread he was tweeting. Either way, super grateful he was there reporting at all.


I'd be more judgemental but I quit Discord after the first time someone politely explained to me that tagging the person I was speaking to was basically shouting at them, after I'd been doing that for like five minutes. These social media apps are hard.

  1. DOJvPRH Day 10, I think:

  2. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559538442723364864

  3. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559539863598276610

  4. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559541822271225858

  5. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559544176508895235

  6. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559969578133897216

  7. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559544901284536321

  8. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559546649566928898

  9. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559548118823305217

  10. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559548874376843265

  11. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559550254562902016

  12. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559552680267243523

  13. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559553678519984129

  14. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559554165059321858

  15. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559555039550738434

  16. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559562133733621762

  17. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559556523285684234

  18. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559573817181122560

  19. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559579065673306120

  20. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559608822091628549

  21. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559620633193025537

  22. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559623440084107266

  23. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559617821344206848

  24. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559906137457283073

  25. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559909284808376321

  26. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559940030415732740

  27. He keeps replying to this tweet, so the thread is out of order.

  28. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559968345482530823

  29. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1559969578133897216

  30. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560006206143463426

  31. DOJvPRH Day 11, I think:

  32. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560269441794916352

  33. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560336364104810497

  34. DOJvPRH Day 12, I think:

  35. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560640023397281792

  36. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560641152210059265

  37. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560641530180038656

  38. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560642381531303938

  39. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560642737707393024

  40. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560643185487011841

  41. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560644137363333120

  42. Sorry for not updating all weekend! When he said "Will thread," I took him at his word

  43. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560645654950682624

  44. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560650663092174848

  45. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560646198893383682

  46. This is mostly a thread, but sometimes he accidentally replied to tweet other than the last one in the thread, so it gets weird to follow

  47. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560657929174675456

  48. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560661081571606528

  49. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560661951331860482

  50. https://twitter.com/EdNawotka/status/1560660080873603074

Alex Shepherd: @AlexShepherd

Works with New Republic according to Twitter bio

My hero. All these tweets are in a beautiful tidy thread. It's super easy to use the like feature like a bookmark so you know where you left off. We can all learn from this man. For the final day, these tweets are more succinct.

  1. DOJvPRH Day 12, I think


I wish I was a determined enough person to screenshot, link, and post these in the correct order, but alas. I am lazy. Definitely follow these folks though. Obviously, they know what they're talking about.


Further Reading:

Publishers Weekly:

If you'd like to read the above insanity in a more organized fashion, Publisher's Weekly has your back.

  1. (regarding this trial) Ending Where We Started

  2. (regarding this trial) DOJ v. PRH: All Our Coverage

  3. (regarding this trial) DOJ v PRH: Agents Have Their Say

  4. (regarding the consolidation of publishing) Over the Past 25 Years, the Big Publishers Got Bigger—and Fewer

  5. (regarding a potential competitor against the Big 5) Disney Reimagines Its Book Business

Vulture:

  1. (regarding this trial) The Biggest Plot Twists in the Simon & Schuster Antitrust Trial


Irish Times:

  1. (regarding the last well publicized trial in publishing) Joan Collins brings publishers to book as chapter on celebrity novelist closes

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Hopefully these lists were mostly in order and moderately helpful! I plan to keep adding relevant tweets and articles to this post, as opposed to writing a new one. I drop a new blog post every Monday. Toodles!


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