December 22, 2012 |
There's a crass old joke about how you can never buy beer, just rent it. Who would think that the same joke applies to book buying in the digital age? But that's the case. Many people who'll be unwrapping iPads, Amazon Kindles or Barnes & Noble Nooks on Tuesday morning and loading them with bestsellers or classics won't have any idea how limited their rights are as their books' "owners. " In fact, they won't be owners at all. They'll be licensees. Unlike the owners of a physical tome, they won't have the unlimited right to lend an e-book, give it away, resell it or leave it to their heirs.
February 1, 2013 |
Without Sterling Lord, there would be no Jack Kerouac - not Kerouac as we know him, anyway, the writer who introduced the Beat Generation. Lord was a former magazine editor and fledgling literary agent working in a basement apartment in New York when Kerouac walked in, handsome and scruffy, "On the Road" manuscript stuffed in his backpack. It took Lord four years and canny magazine placements to land Kerouac a book deal, but he persevered, even ignoring Kerouac's pleas to give up. "When I read the manuscript, I knew this was a very interesting voice and very interesting writer, and he should be heard," Lord says from his home in Manhattan.
May 23, 2010 |
In the spring of 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt turned in the manuscript for her second memoir — this one on the White House years — to her editors at Ladies' Home Journal. "You have written this too hastily," came the reply, "as though you were composing it on a bicycle while pedaling your way to a fire." Roosevelt's editors asked her to revise the manuscript with the help of a ghostwriter, but she refused. "I would have felt the book wasn't mine," she said. She ended up selling her book's serial rights to the Journal's biggest rival, McCall's, for $150,000.
December 3, 2008 |
When bestselling author Robert Jordan died last year from a rare blood disease, fans of his popular series, "The Wheel of Time," braced themselves for the possibility that his 12-book fantasy world would end one volume shy of completion. Before his death, Jordan, whose real name was James Rigney Jr., signed over the book rights to his wife, Harriet, and requested that she find a capable author to finish the series for his fans.
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October 6, 1994 |
A federal appeals court Wednesday agreed to consider whether to overturn the death penalty for "Freeway Killer" William Bonin, who was convicted of killing 14 boys and young men. If he loses the appeal and final reviews by the U.S. Supreme Court, Bonin could be the next person executed in California. Several other federal appeals have failed for Bonin, who is on Death Row in San Quentin. On Wednesday, the U.S.
August 3, 2002 |
The nine Pennsylvania coal miners rescued Saturday after three days underground have sold the TV-movie and book rights to their story to divisions of Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 apiece, according to the Pittsburgh attorney representing the men. Thomas Crawford, who specializes in criminal tax and labor law, said the deal includes a movie for Disney's ABC network and a book that will be published by the Burbank company's book arm, Hyperion Publishing. An ABC spokesman declined to comment Friday.
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March 1, 2003 |
The Rev. Harold H. Wilke, an armless United Church of Christ minister whose early advocacy for people with disabilities helped set the stage for a movement that ultimately won basic protections for them in areas ranging from employment to transportation, has died. He was 88. A resident of Claremont, Wilke died of heart failure Tuesday at Pomona Valley Hospital after a period of declining health.
February 28, 2001 |
Random House Inc. has asked a federal judge to bar a publisher of electronic books from copying works of William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robert Parker and selling them over the Internet. Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, the world's third largest media company, says rival RosettaBooks LLC has cherry-picked eight important titles, including "Sophie's Choice" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," copied them in digital format, and begun selling them online.