May 15, 2013 |
The total revenue generated by e-book sales in the U.S. in 2012 was $3.04 billion, a 44.2% increase over the year before. That gain was announced in the preliminary year-end report released Wednesday by BookStats, a joint statistics project between the Assn. of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. In 2012, e-book sales accounted for 20% of trade book sales revenue. Overall, trade book sales rose 6.9%. Trade books are those found in brick-and-mortar bookstores and online retail booksellers.
May 28, 2013 |
Trent Reznor's been lying to us, but his fans probably won't mind. The singer, producer and composer announced on Nine Inch Nails' Tumblr today that his band (which he laid to rest in 2009) has completed a new album and has signed to Columbia. Nine Inch Nails had previously announced a return to touring (with a lineup of past NIN collaborators and members of King Crimson and Telefon Tel Aviv), headlining major American fests including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. But his Tumblr note is Reznor's first hint of new NIN music since 2008's "The Slip.
November 10, 2011 |
With late-arriving prestige pictures "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (Stephen Daldry!) and "War Horse" (sentimental Steven Spielberg!) and the looming shadow of Oscar magnet Meryl Streep playing England's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, the award season, at its outset, sported an air of uncertainty all but absent from last year's front-loaded race. Or it did, until right about the time we handed out candy to a kid dressed up like J. Edgar Hoover (the angry old guy version) and realized that, yes, some spots continue to be up for grabs, but in terms of who'll get the nominations, the major races have already narrowed into focus.
June 18, 2013 |
We got pretty used to seeing actress Rooney Mara looking pretty fierce when she hit red carpets to promote "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. " She was definitely reminding people of her character, dark and gothic computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, in that 2011 film. So it was a bit of a surprise when she arrived at a Los Angeles Film Festival screening of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" a few days ago looking very girlie in a JW Anderson ruffled bustier and skirt, with Jimmie Choo sandals, her hair in a topknot and some midriff showing as she posed with Casey Affleck. The new film, in which she stars with Affleck, Ben Foster and Keith Carradine, is due to open in August.