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May 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
Despite widespread agreement that too many books are in the marketplace, publishers apparently can't help themselves. A study released Tuesday estimated that a record 195,000 new works came out in 2004, a 14% jump over the previous year and 72% higher than in 1995. "No one wants to cut back, that's pretty obvious," says Andrew Grabois, senior director of publisher relations and content development for R.R. Bowker, a New Providence, N.J.
February 3, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
If you've ever thought about writing a book, and wondered what a successful proposal looks like, wonder no longer. In a unique experiment, the publisher Palgrave Macmillan is posting proposals for nonfiction, academic titles, and inviting the public to comment on them. The publisher is also posting chapters from the proposed books -- all of which have been already accepted for publication. The books take on a wide range of topics in the social sciences and humanities, and include titles on “race and the Brazilian body,” horror cinema, and the German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.
December 1, 1989
M. Hughes Miller, a longtime book publisher whose tenure as president of Bobbs Merrill Co. Inc. was marked by the publication of the best-selling "The Joy of Cooking," died has after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 76 when he died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
December 3, 2013 | David L. Ulin and Elaine Woo
When Andre Schiffrin was fired in 1990 as editor in chief of Pantheon Books, it was regarded as a loud shot in the war between commercialism and quality in American publishing. There were protests by noted authors, including Studs Terkel and Kurt Vonnegut, and op-ed pieces that painted a pessimistic view of the industry. In response, Schiffrin's bosses pointed out that Pantheon had lost $3 million in his last year at the helm. His ouster ended a nearly three-decade career at the prestigious imprint, where he had worked with such writers as Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras and Gunter Grass.
November 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Rap performer 50 Cent will start a line of books published by Simon & Schuster based on his rhymes about drug dealing, street crime and expensive cars. The publisher will pair with parent company Viacom Inc.'s MTV division to issue a series of graphic novels and novellas starting in 2007 geared to young black readers, Pocket Books Publisher Louise Burke said Monday. 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, will be an advisor for the books, she said.
October 25, 2003 | Michael J. Ybarra, Special to The Times
There is something very old school, even Cinderella-ish about the way that a small literary press here found itself with a breakout book this fall in "The Time Traveler's Wife." But yes, first-time novelist Audrey Niffenegger really did just send her unsolicited manuscript to MacAdam/Cage Publishing after reading about the press in a magazine. And yes, someone there actually picked it up and read it and liked it.
March 31, 1987 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, Times Staff Writer
International media baron Rupert Murdoch disclosed Monday that he had agreed to buy 170-year-old Harper & Row for $300 million, thus absorbing one of the last remaining independent book publishers in America that traditionally took the time to cultivate the eccentric, the untested or the experimental among writers.
July 8, 1997 | RICHARD PELLS, Richard Pells, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, will hold the 50th Anniversary Fulbright Chair in American Studies in Germany during the 1997-1998 academic year
On May 7, Basic Books, a division of HarperCollins, published a new book of mine, "Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated and Transformed American Culture Since World War II." A week later, on May 13, HarperCollins announced the demise of Basic Books as an autonomous unit with its own editors and special identity.
June 29, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
News Corp.'s decision to split its publishing and entertainment businesses into separate companies is an acknowledgment that newspapers - the foundation on which the $53-billion media empire was built - are a drag on the company's performance. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said the difficult choice to sever the company's news and book publishing businesses from its film and television operations culminates three years of planning. The restructuring, which he hailed as a transformational milestone for News Corp., is intended to unlock value for shareholders, who are attracted to the company's lucrative entertainment assets.
June 27, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
News Corp. is contemplating what once was unthinkable — splitting its entertainment and publishing operations into separate companies. The company Tuesday confirmed that it was considering a breakup of the $52-billion global media conglomerate. The lucrative film and television operations — including the 20th Century Fox film studio, the top-rated Fox broadcast network and the profitable Fox News Channel — would form one company. News Corp.'s newspapers, HarperCollins book publishing assets and education businesses would comprise a second publicly traded company.
December 2, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
When André Schiffrin - who died in Paris on Sunday of pancreatic cancer at age 78 - was fired in 1990 as editor in chief of Pantheon Books, it was regarded as a loud shot in the war between commercialism and quality in American publishing. There were protests, op-ed pieces; in response, Schiffrin's bosses pointed out that Pantheon had lost $3 million in his last year at the helm. In his nearly three decades at the imprint, Schiffrin worked with writers including Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras and Gunter Grass, but in the end, he was brought down by his unwillingness to scale back his list or reduce his staff.
November 11, 2013 | By Meg James
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's publishing company News Corp. swung to a profit in its fiscal first quarter -- its first financial reporting period as a stand-alone company -- but revenue slipped nearly 3%. News Corp. separated from the more profitable television and film assets, which became a separate company known as 21st Century Fox, on June 30.  Murdoch's publishing company faces long-term challenges as advertisers flock to online platforms, and as its vast stable of newspapers in Australia continues to get clobbered by a weak economy.
November 8, 2013 | By Chris Lee, This post has been updated, as indicated below
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop provocateur decided she needed to do more to inspire her followers to fight oppression and stand up for human rights. She wanted to start a revolution. And she knew she'd need help spreading her message. So the superstar's longtime manager Guy Oseary made one call - to Vice Media.
August 6, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Brad Stone, a longtime Silicon Valley reporter, has been working for years on what he hopes will be the definitive account of Jeff Bezos and the rise of Amazon, the online retailing giant founded in 1994. His new book, “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” is slated to be published in October by Little, Brown. On Monday, he got handed fodder for a new chapter, when Bezos once again did something unexpected and risky: he bought a newspaper, the Washington Post.
May 7, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
By the time she was 10, Samantha Mae Coyiuto was a published author in the Philippines. By the time she was 16, she had four children's books published. Now she's 18 and goes by just Mae and is a student at Pomona-Pitzer, where she plays for the women's tennis team, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division III. Playing mostly No. 2 in singles as a freshman this year, Coyiuto is 21-5, best on the team. No one else on the team has more than 13 singles wins. She rarely plays doubles but is 4-1 when she does.
March 29, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times Inc., which got its start as an online bookseller, went on to create the Kindle e-reader and has gotten into book publishing, is now pushing into the social side of reading. The world's largest online retailer said Thursday that it had agreed to buy Goodreads, a popular book recommendations site with more than 16 million members. The purchase of the niche social network is expected to help Amazon sell more physical and digital books. Goodreads was founded six years ago in the Los Angeles living room of Otis Chandler, the grandson of a longtime Los Angeles Times publisher by the same name.
February 25, 2001 | RICHARD SEAVER, Richard Seaver, an editor and publisher for more than 40 years, is president of Arcade Publishing, an independent house distributed by AOL Time Warner. His many past posts include managing editor of Evergreen Review, editor-in-chief of Grove Press and publisher of the trade division of Holt, Rinehart & Winston (while it was a subsidiary of CBS Inc.). He has edited and published many authors, including Samuel Beckett, John Berger, William Burroughs, E.M. Cioran, Jean Genet, Eugene Ionesco and Andrei Makine. He is also the translator of Pauline Reage's "Story of O" and the works of the Marquis de Sade, among other writers
Book publishing is in the throes of enormous change, partly because of a major shift in corporate structures over the last few decades but mainly the result of new technologies whose cultural influence, in the words of Jason Epstein, "promises to be no less revolutionary than the introduction of movable type. . . .
May 23, 1995
Market trends: Microsoft was the volume leader in Monday's trading. Meanwhile, Viacom Inc. announced that its music channel and its Simon & Schuster book publishing unit are launching a line of books with the MTV imprint.
October 26, 2012 | Bloomberg News
British publishing house Pearson said it's in talks to combine its Penguin book publishing unit with Random House Inc. as the media companies try to bulk up in response to a surge in providers of electronic books. The merged company would have combined revenue of about $3 billion, based on 2011 annual reports. No agreement has been reached and the discussions may not lead to a transaction, Pearson said in a statement. Christian Steinhof, a spokesman for Random House' parent company, Bertelsmann, referred to Pearson's statement and declined to comment further.
October 25, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
British publisher Hamish Hamilton, which is behind the literary magazine Five Dials , is going where it has never gone before: to the record bin. The magazine has issued a limited-edition album, Five Dials 001. The magazine's first-ever release on vinyl is, it says, "a 10-inch dub remix of Hollis Hampton-Jones' novel, 'Comes the Night.'" Hold up: A dub remix of a novel ? Hard to imagine. Luckily, they have a detailed description: "For this one-off audio experiment, Hollis is backed by Ryan Norris, a member of the Nashville-based band Lambchop.
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