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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.
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.
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.
Darell Phillips, a former publisher of the Signal of Santa Clarita, is presumed dead after falling into a swift-moving creek in Central California earlier this week, authorities said. The search will resume Saturday for Phillips, 62, who was publisher of the daily newspaper for eight years until he resigned last June to pursue other business interests.
In a significant 1st Amendment decision, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday that once a publisher has doubts about the accuracy of a story, it cannot ignore those doubts before printing the article, even though it has no duty to investigate accuracy in the first place. The ruling paves the way for a Berkeley psychoanalyst to go to trial against the New Yorker magazine, as well as one of its writers.
April 13, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
When the Department of Justice and state officials announced their lawsuits against Apple and five major publishers Wednesday, it sent a ripple of anxiety through the talent at the industry's heart. "I'm in a bit of an awkward position because this has pitted my publisher against the retailer that far and away sells more of my books than any other," says Michael Connelly, the bestselling mystery novelist. "I don't want to bite the hand that feeds me, and both of these hands feed me. " Connelly is published by Little, Brown, which is owned by Hachette, one of the publishers named in the suits that has since agreed to settle.
February 27, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - The Hindu epic "Ramayana" features a 10-headed villain, a magical golden deer and the flying monkey god Hanuman. But when an American religion scholar described the canonical poem as fictional, some religious conservatives were shocked. Angered by what they called an insulting, inaccurate and sexualized depiction of India's predominant faith by University of Chicago divinity professor Wendy Doniger, Hindu activists waged a four-year court battle against her book "The Hindus: An Alternative History.
January 12, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
It's not often that you see a picture of an author swigging from a flask in a cookbook, but that's exactly what Evan George, one-half of the L.A.-based food blogging duo known as Hot Knives, is doing on the back cover of the pair's new vegetarian cookbook, "Salad Daze. " And wait a minute: What's his partner Alex Brown smoking in that picture anyway? It better be medicinal. Irreverence is key to why the Hot Knives boys, both 29, got a cookbook deal in the first place. Rather than going the safe and sane route of banking on an established chef for its first full-length cookbook, Mark Batty, the publisher, placed his bets on Hot Knives' underground following - as cultivated by their edgy video blog - of DIY punk rockers, scrappy beer lovers and hard-core farmers market foodies.
January 24, 2010 | By Steve Almond
A few years ago, in a moment I like to think of as inspired, I conceived of my next book. Read in one direction, it would consist of 30 one-page stories; flip it over and there would be 30 one-page essays on the psychology and practice of writing. Corny as it sounds, I even had a title picked out: "This Won't Take but a Minute, Honey." I pitched this project to a number of editors over the ensuing months. Aspiring writers and fans of micro-fiction would go nuts. Members of the iPhone generation would embrace it as a quick and accessible form of literature.
August 18, 2008 | Gale Holland, Times Staff Writer
The annual college textbook rush starts this month, a time of reckoning for many students who will struggle to cover eye-popping costs of $128, $156, even $198 a volume. Caltech economics professor R. Preston McAfee finds it annoying that students and faculty haven't looked harder for alternatives to the exorbitant prices. McAfee wrote a well-regarded open-source economics textbook and gave it away -- online. But although the text, released in 2007, has been adopted at several prestigious colleges, including Harvard and Claremont-McKenna, it has yet to make a dent in the wider textbook market.
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