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May 7, 1987 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Times Staff Writer
Greed, sex, illegitimacy, drugs, betrayal, murder and money are the elements the publishers talk about in their capsule descriptions of "The Serpent's Tooth," "Blood Relations," "Money to Burn" and "For Love of Money." All four, out this spring and fall, concern the 1985 murder of tobacco heiress Margaret Benson and her adopted son Scott by 35-year-old Steven Benson, Margaret Benson's older son.
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."
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.
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.
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.
January 21, 2010 | By Alex Pham Inc. is playing hardball with book publishers. The Seattle online bookseller said Wednesday that it would give authors a 70% cut of the sale of e-books sold for its Kindle readers, net of digital delivery costs -- essentially offering writers a way to bypass traditional book publishers. In a direct swipe at print publishers, the company asserted that authors would make more money if they published digitally with Amazon. "Today, authors often receive royalties in the range of 7% to 15% of the list price that publishers set for their physical books," Russ Grandinetti, Amazon's vice president of Kindle content, said in a statement.
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.
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.
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.
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