July 14, 2013 |
Little, Brown confirmed Sunday that "The Cuckoo's Calling," a well-reviewed crime novel, was secretly written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The book was written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Another book using that pen name is coming next year. "The Cuckoo's Calling" was published by Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books on April 30. “A reprint of the book is under way and will carry a revised author biography, which reads, 'Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling,' ” Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown, said in a statement. Little, Brown confirmed Rowling's authorship of the book after the Sunday Times of London revealed the secret.
July 13, 2013 |
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler has never liked "The Taming of the Shrew. " "I have no favorite moments in this play," Tyler said. "I first read it in college and disliked it intensely, and I can't say my attitude toward it softened any when I read it again just recently. " Very soon, Tyler is going to get a chance to reimagine and make sense of "The Taming of the Shrew. " She's writing a novel based on the play as part of a project by the publishing house Hogarth to commission novels based on all 37 of Shakespeare's plays.
July 11, 2013 |
In the battle of the technology business mega-monsters, Apple Inc. has lost a round to Amazon.com. On Wednesday, a federal judge in New York ruled that Apple “conspired to raise the retail price of e-books” with the aim of cutting into Amazon's market share. The judge said Amazon may now seek damages from Apple. The federal prosecutor in the case claimed this was a big victory for consumers. Well, maybe yes and maybe no. Amazon has become the 800-pound gorilla in the publishing world - actually, make that 8 million . The company sells so many more books than anyone else that it has driven so-called bricks-and-mortar bookstores, both big and small, to near extinction.
July 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A New York federal judge's ruling that Apple Inc. conspired to raise electronic book prices cuts straight to the heart of the company's image as a consumer-friendly tech giant. Apple now faces the prospect of a judge imposing government oversight of its deals with content companies along with the possibility of paying monetary damages. But for the company, the greatest stake in the case has always been the potential damage to its reputation. With its motives and principles called into question, Apple took a defiant stance, vowing to appeal Wednesday's ruling despite the judge's decisive verdict and a decision by all its alleged co-conspirators to settle.
July 10, 2013 |
Tribune Co. announced plans Wednesday to spin off its beleaguered newspaper unit into a separate company, freeing the media conglomerate to focus on its more promising television and Internet properties. The new entity, to be called Tribune Publishing Co., would include the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and six other daily papers. All other assets, including the company's real estate holdings and stakes in several Internet sites, would remain part of Tribune Co. The spinoff would be tax-free to Tribune shareholders and could take as long as a year to complete.
July 10, 2013 |
Tribune Co. is getting out of the faltering newspaper business, but probably not the way it hoped. The media giant announced Wednesday that it will spin off its publishing unit into a separate company, a maneuver that's likely to delay a long-expected sale of the Los Angeles Times. The spinoff could take nine months to a year to complete. The new entity, to be called Tribune Publishing Co., would comprise The Times, the Chicago Tribune and six other daily papers. All other assets, including the company's real estate holdings and stakes in several Internet sites, would remain part of Tribune Co. The spinoff would be tax-free to Tribune shareholders.
June 27, 2013 |
The head of Turkey's biggest publishing house is a 32-year-old, Istanbul-raised, Boston-educated sociologist with a smart nose for business and the good sense to steer clear of politics - until now. Can Oz runs the publishing house Can Yayinlari and this month he spoke out publicly against his government for the first time, in the support of the movement that occupied Istanbul's Taksim Square, where thousands of mostly young people had been...
June 26, 2013 |
Berlin music publisher BMG says it has made a publishing and services agreement with the Rolling Stones, marking the first time in 40 years the rock band has appointed an outside music publisher. This agreement comes as the Stones are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of their first single. On Monday, the band's 50 and Counting tour wrapped up its U.S. leg, which kicked off in Los Angeles early last month and ended in Washington. The band this month remastered its catalog for Apple Inc.'s iTunes store.
June 20, 2013 |
During closing arguments on the final day of the biggest antitrust case in years, Apple's lawyer maintained that the company did not engage in e-book price-fixing as federal regulators claim. "Apple did not conspire with a single publisher to fix prices in the e-book industry," Apple's attorney Orin Snyder said Thursday at the beginning of his closing argument for the tech giant. The government will make its closing argument after the lunch break. The trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, which is now in its third week, grew out of Apple's splashy entrance into the e-book market in 2010.
June 19, 2013 |
Kim Thompson, who spent more than three decades as co-owner and co-publisher of the Seattle-based comics imprint Fantagraphics Books , died Wednesday morning of lung cancer. He was 56. Thompson was born in Denmark and came to the United States in 1977. He was diagnosed with cancer in late February. At the time, he expressed his hope and confidence that he would “lick this thing.” After his death, his long-time friend and partner Gary Groth issued a statement defining Thompson's legacy as not just a matter of “all the European graphic novels that would never have been published here if not for his devotion, knowledge, and skills, but for all the American cartoonists he edited, ranging from Stan Sakai to Joe Sacco to Chris Ware, and his too infrequent critical writing about the medium.