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October 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Many widely used American history texts are bland and deprive students of the richness of their past because publishers have knuckled under to interest groups and state authorities, a panel of experts concluded in a report released today. Publishers, worried first and foremost about sales, are producing books marked by "cowardice, commercialism, condescension and crassness," said the 78-page report, "American History Textbooks: An Assessment of Quality."
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NEWS
June 10, 1989 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, Times Staff Writer
A new "professional code of conduct" aimed at preventing abuses in the textbook selection and purchasing process was adopted Friday by the State Board of Education. The new ethical guidelines come in the wake of disclosures that some publishers have bought expensive meals and have paid for weekend "seminars" at fancy resorts for local educators who select textbooks. "Do we have widespread abuses? No. Are there some cases of abuse? Yes," State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig said during discussion of the proposed code.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2014 | Ken Bensinger
For decades, finding Spanish-language books in the U.S. was like tilting at windmills. Booksellers stocked few titles in the language of Cervantes, and those they carried came at a hefty premium. A paperback copy of "Don Quijote" in the original Spanish could easily cost triple the price of a deluxe hard-bound translation in English -- if it could be found at all. Retailers blamed the expense of importing books printed in Spain and Latin America. And U.S. publishers lost faith in the market after botched attempts to translate English-language bestsellers produced error-ridden Spanish versions that sold poorly.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2013 | Andrew Tangel and Chris O'Brien
Eddy Cue, the Apple Inc. executive in charge of negotiating the company's controversial e-book deals, defended how the tech giant started its online bookstore as he made his highly anticipated appearance on the witness stand in a federal antitrust trial. During five hours of testimony Thursday and questioning that at times grew contentious, government lawyers pressed their case that the agreements Apple signed in 2010 with five major publishers amounted to a conspiracy to get consumers to pay more for electronic books.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
A community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in the United States was found guilty Monday of serving as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein. The jury took less than two hours to convict Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi. "This sends an important message that people can't come to our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald said.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The newly appointed publisher of the Orange County Register won't be taking the newspaper's top spot because she lied about her college diploma on her resume, the newspaper said Wednesday. Marti Buscaglia, publisher of the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune, was named to the position two weeks ago. On Wednesday, current Register Publisher N. Christian Anderson III announced that the deal was off.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2004 | Hillel Italie, Associated Press
For David Shanks, chief executive of Penguin Group (USA), the logic is simple: If a potential customer is surfing the publisher's website, why wait for that person to buy from a store? Just sell the book right away, directly from the site. But for retailers, simple logic says: When publishers sell straight to the public, bookstores lose. "I would hope that publishers try to drive sales to us, their customers," Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books in Coral Gables, Fla., says.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
In the summer of 1956, Russian poet Boris Pasternak -- a favorite of the recently deceased Joseph Stalin -- delivered his epic "Doctor Zhivago" manuscript to a Soviet publishing house, hoping for a warm reception and a fast track to readers who had shared Russia's torturous half-century of revolution and war, oppression and terror. Instead, Pasternak received one of the all-time classic rejection letters: A 10,000-word missive that stopped just short of accusing him of treason.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The original scribes of the Bible may have been inspired by God. Their modern-day successors? They find inspiration in vacuum cleaners, polka-dot bedspreads and a slick, hot-pink Juicy Couture purse. This all may sound a bit irreverent. But consider it from the Bible publisher's point of view: How do you sell a really old book that 91% of households already have? You can't update the content, or get the author on Oprah. But you can make the look sizzle.
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