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March 4, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ingram's VitalSource Technologies has acquired CourseSmart, consolidating two of the largest companies providing textbooks as e-books, Publishers Weekly reports . VitalSource's Bookself platform has more than 4 million users on 6,000 campuses worldwide and offers content from 500 of the world's top academic publishers. Ingram estimates it will take 12 to 18 months to fully transition CourseSmart customers to its Bookshelf platform. CourseSmart offers access to e-textbooks of more than 90% of core higher education titles at up to 60% off the cost of print.
March 4, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I've been waiting for Denis Johnson to write more short fiction. His 1992 collection “Jesus' Son,” which gathers 11 linked stories about a recovering drug addict, is one of the signal achievements of contemporary American literature, a book so spare and beautiful and knowing that it makes my eyes weep blood. Johnson had published only a couple of stories since “Jesus' Son”; one of the last, “Xmas in Las Vegas,” appeared in Tin House more than a decade ago. In the current issue of the New Yorker, however, he has another: “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” the first-person account of an advertising executive named Bill Whitman, who has come to the realization “that I've lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future.
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.
February 26, 2014
Eddy W. Hartenstein is publisher and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times, where since August 2008, he has been responsible for all aspects of print, digital and mobile operations of the country's largest metropolitan daily news organization, as well as those of the Los Angeles Times Media Group's portfolio. Prior to the company's January 2013 change of ownership, he was also president and chief executive officer of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and broadcasting.
February 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
After eight years at the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke might have been ready for a vacation. But it's been less than a month since he stepped down as chair, and he's announced he's been planning a memoir. He expects to meet with publishers in the next several weeks, the Associated Press reports . Bernanke joined the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 2002 and in 2006 was appointed chairman by President George W. Bush. He followed the long tenure of Alan Greenspan, the chair who put the position in the spotlight.
February 18, 2014 | By Robert Channick
In spinning off its publishing business, Tribune Co. will pick up a dividend that could be about $325 million from the new public company, which would consist of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and six other daily newspapers. Although the exact amount won't be determined until the separation agreement is final, expected in midyear, Tribune has indicated that the dividend it would receive from Tribune Publishing Co. would be worth about $325 million. That figure is contained in a document related to Tribune's purchase in December of a group of television stations.
February 16, 2014 | Times staff and wire services
Mexican author, journalist and essayist Federico Campbell, 72, died Saturday in a Mexico City hospital, according to a statement from the National Institute of Fine Arts. No cause was disclosed but, citing an interview with the author's son Federico Campbell Pena, the Mexico City newspaper Excelsior said he suffered a stroke after being hospitalized with the H1N1 flu virus. Campbell was best known for his short story collection "Tijuanenses," which was published by the University of California Press in 1995 as "Tijuana: Stories on the Border.
February 14, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
California could become the next state to restrict the publishing of jail booking photos by websites for commercial purposes. State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) on Friday introduced legislation that would outlaw websites that publish mug shots and arrest records and charge money to remove them.  The bill would not restrict the distribution of mug shots and arrest records to media outlets and interested individuals. Mug shot publishing websites are part of a growing cottage industry ; the sites make money reminding people of their run-ins with the law. They operate legally, but several lawsuits have been filed in at least three states alleging that the practice of charging people to remove records from the sites is tantamount to extortion.
February 4, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
A 34,000-word novella that Charlie Chaplin wrote in the late 1940s is being published for the first time by a film institute in Italy. The book was the basis of his last great film, “Limelight.” The manuscript of “Footlights” was discovered in the Chaplin archive at the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy, the BBC reports . It serves as a kind of prequel to the story of “Limelight,” the 1952 autobiographical film that was the last that...
February 3, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
If you've ever thought about writing a book, and wondered what a successful proposal looks like, wonder no longer. In a unique experiment, the publisher Palgrave Macmillan is posting proposals for nonfiction, academic titles, and inviting the public to comment on them. The publisher is also posting chapters from the proposed books -- all of which have been already accepted for publication. The books take on a wide range of topics in the social sciences and humanities, and include titles on “race and the Brazilian body,” horror cinema, and the German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.
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