September 14, 2012 |
HONG KONG - As the final call for the flight to Beijing crackles over the public address system, Zhang Qian flips through the pages of a book on display across from the boarding gate at the Hong Kong airport. When somebody looks over his shoulder, Zhang closes the book sheepishly as though he was caught peeking at pornography. Actually, it's a biography of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, one of dozens of titles on Chinese politics available in Hong Kong. "Just looking," said Zhang, a businessman from the Chinese city of Qingdao, as he reluctantly put the book back on the shelf.
April 5, 2012 |
The nation's independent bookstores got another bit of bad news Thursday: Google Inc.is closing the books on them. The Mountain View, Calif., search company said it is ending a program that enabled hundreds of independent booksellers to sell many of Google's millions of electronic books through their websites -- and to make a profit doing it. The program was in part an attempt by Google to build a network of e-book retailers that...
December 18, 2011 |
About a month ago, I had a couple of conversations about publishing and bookselling that seemed to fly in the face of convention - if, by convention, you mean the idea that publishing and bookselling are doomed. The first was with Steve Crist, publisher of the Santa Barbara-based press Ammo Books, which recently released "Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs," a retrospective with text from Weston's notebooks. The second was with Maryelizabeth Hart, co-owner of San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, which opened a satellite branch in Redondo Beach this fall.
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December 16, 2011 |
Joe Simon, a comic book industry pioneer whose defining career moment came in the dark days of March 1941 when he delivered a star-spangled superhero named Captain America, has died. He was 98. Simon died Wednesday night in New York City after a brief illness, according to a statement from his family, and his death adds a solemn final note to the 70th anniversary of his greatest creation, Captain America, who leaped across the big screen this summer with the Marvel Studios film "Captain America: The First Avenger.
February 16, 2010 |
Since Amazon.com debuted its first Kindle e-book reader late in 2007, the reaction within the book industry has been a mix of welcome and scorn. Welcome because of the potential to tap an entirely new market -- before a wave of digital piracy similar to the one that decimated the music business. Scorn because of fears that the online retail giant, which already has a commanding share of the market for printed books, might use its leverage to seize control of the new market and push down prices even further.
September 14, 2009 |
This is how a writer knows his books have grabbed the full attention of mainstream American culture. By the time Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol," his first novel since 2003's "The Da Vinci Code," lands on bookstore shelves Tuesday, pre-orders will have kept it at or near the top of Amazon's bestseller list for the last 148 days. On Sunday, Parade magazine published a selection from "The Lost Symbol," the first time it has excerpted a novel in its 68-year history. Beginning last Tuesday, in a marketing merger between publisher Doubleday and NBC, "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer unveiled a clue a day about the closely guarded plot.