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November 10, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
John R. "Trip" Adler III The gig: Adler, 29, is a founder and chief executive of Scribd, a YouTube for publishing in which anyone can upload documents and let others read and share them. With 80 million visitors a month, it's a popular destination. And at 6½ years of age, it turns a profit from displaying ads and taking a cut of sales and subscriptions. Book deal: Last month Scribd struck a deal with publisher HarperCollins to make thousands of book titles available by subscription on its service.
November 5, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts. Closures were up 42% over the previous year, according to the Guardian. The companies that folded included the 26-year-old healthcare publisher Panos London, and Evans Brothers, which published popular children's book author Enid Blyton for 30 years. During 2012, e-book sales in Britain rose by 134% to more than $346 million. While print sales still dominate the bottom line in Britain with more than $4.6 billion in sales, that total was a 1% drop from the year before.
November 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
After swimming from Cuba to Florida in a record-breaking trip that took more than four days, 64-year old Diana Nyad said, "you're never too old to chase your dream. " She's now got a chance to put that in writing -- she'll be publishing a memoir with Knopf, the publisher announced Monday. "At first blush, this sounds like the story of an epic endurance achievement," Nyad said in a statement. "But the narrative will follow that drama and expose a lifelong search for meaning ... a hope that life is richer for reaching for the stars, a belief that the noble goal is to arrive at the end with no regrets.
October 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
What does it mean when the high-powered head of an ambitious start-up publishing house leaves? That's what the publishing business is asking Friday after the news that Larry Kirschbaum will leave Amazon Publishing on Jan. 17, 2014. Kirschbaum, was best known as head of Time Warner Book Group, a position he left in 2005 after working at the company for more than 30 years. He had spent time as an agent, and he'll return to that. In an official statement, Amazon wrote, "Larry joined us two and a half years ago and has been instrumental in launching our New York office, including our New Harvest partnership, and establishing our children's book business.
October 17, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Expect to see more vampires, werewolves and the undead come to life on television. In the latest sign of Hollywood's growing appetite for comic book properties, San Diego comic book company IDW Publishing is launching a television division managed by an executive producer of the hit zombie series "The Walking Dead. " IDW, also known as Idea and Design Works, already publishes a wide range of comic books and graphic novels based on film and TV titles, including "Doctor Who," "G.I.
October 17, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The naughty writers have struck back. Yesterday, Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg reported on Amazon, Kobo and other e-book retailers' cracking down on self-published erotica on their websites, attempting to remove titles of works that depict incest, rape and child pornography. Now, as Publishers Weekly reports , some self-published writers have launched a petition in protest, arguing that the broom retailers are using to sweep out the most offensive of these e-books is catching too many otherwise inoffensive works of erotica.
October 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The editors of the British website the Kernel bought a copy of the e-book "Naughty Daughter Abducted ... (taboo daddy daughter erotica)" on Amazon, and did not like what they saw. "The book is a sick rape fantasy with language and details too graphic for a family-friendly publication to reproduce," they wrote in a story about pornographic e-books being sold by the online retailer. In its heated report ("How Amazon Cashes in on Kindle Filth"), the Kernel found hundreds of e-books that include scenarios of rape, incest and "forced sex" with young girls -- findings that have led to an outcry in Britain . Here in the United States, the 1st Amendment protects some such works as free speech.
October 14, 2013 | By Susan King
British actress Vivien Leigh had that undefinable star quality. For 30 years, the exquisitely beautiful Leigh captivated film and theater audiences with her well-crafted, magnetic performances. In fact, Leigh won lead actress Oscars for creating two of the most indelible characters in screen history - the strong-willed, manipulative Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara in the beloved 1939 Civil War epic, "Gone With the Wind," and Tennessee Williams' fragile, faded Southern beauty Blanche DuBois in 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire.
October 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Hachette Book Group Inc. has filed suit against actor Stephen Baldwin for $110,000. That's the advance it paid him for a book that never materialized. Baldwin signed a contract in 2007 and, by 2010, he'd failed to deliver the agreed-upon memoir , The Wrap reports. Tentatively titled "Ready to Get Dangerous? ," the New York Daily News writes that the book was slated to describe "what it means to live everyday as 'a sold out, hardcore, nothing held back Jesus freak.'" It wouldn't have been the first time Baldwin wanted to tell his story of finding religion.
October 9, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information found in sheriff's deputies' background screening files. "You'd have to be blind not to recognize there's tension between privacy, public safety and the 1st Amendment," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michelle R. Rosenblatt said during a hearing on the matter. "There always has been, and there perhaps always will be. " Rosenblatt sided with The Times in striking down a complaint filed by a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.
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