August 28, 2013 |
Amazon Publishing executive Laurence Kirshbaum has been accused of sexual assault in a court filing by a woman with whom he had previously had a relationship, the New York Daily News reports. According to the filing, the alleged assaults took place at two New York restaurants in 2010, before Kirshbaum took the top publishing spot at Amazon. Papers were filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of the alleged victim, Teresa McCoy, 55. According to the filing, Kirshbaum, now 69, met with McCoy at a deli about a possible job offer for her and, while she was deciding what to eat, "the much physically larger Kirshbaum suddenly swooped down, grabbed her and forcibly stuck his tongue in her mouth, causing (her)
August 20, 2013 |
Over the last year, the Orange County Register has been furiously paddling against a riptide that has newspapers around the country laying off journalists, shrinking coverage and in some cases cutting back home delivery. The Register has doubled the number of reporters and editors to 350 and fattened the paper by adding 22 weekly sections. On a recent Tuesday, it had 72 pages while the Los Angeles Times had 42. The Register's parent company, Freedom Communications Inc. in Irvine, has expanded its 26 weekly community newspapers and turned two into five-day-a-week operations.
August 15, 2013 |
The Haruki Murakami book that has sold 1 million copies a week in Japan is coming to America. It has been selling spectacularly -- particularly for a work of complex literary fiction. Publisher Knopf told Galleycat that U.S. readers can expect to get their hands on an English-language edition of Murakami's latest novel in 2014. Spanish readers, however, are first in line: Their edition is coming out this year. "Shikisai wo Motanai Tasaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi," was published in Japan in April.
August 14, 2013 |
Stay classy, readers. Ron Burgundy, the legendary TV anchorman of "Anchorman," will publish a memoir in November. "Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings," a fully authorized tell-all autobiography, will hit shelves about a month before "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" comes to movie screens. Burgundy, of course, is a fictional construct, but that isn't getting in the way of the character -- portrayed by Will Ferrell on screen -- telling his story in a book.
August 14, 2013 |
A new study of prostate cancer suggests that a tumor's aggressiveness is inherently fixed at the time of its appearance, although diet, lifestyle and environmental factors may trigger progression of the disease in low-level cases. The findings, published Wednesday in the journal Cancer Research, add to mounting evidence that many small, slow-growing prostate tumors can be left in the body and carefully monitored instead of being treated with surgery, radiation, hormone therapy or drugs.
August 10, 2013 |
Holding back time is a big job. But out here in the high mountain desert, where rattlesnakes and sagebrush outnumber people, it is a task Dean Coombs shoulders each week with a certain glee. Tuesday is press day at the Saguache Crescent, now in its 134th year. Coombs is the disheveled guy hunkered down amid the dust and dilapidation of the newspaper's office, hunting and pecking at the keyboard of the same Linotype machine his grandparents used when Warren G. Harding was in the White House.
August 9, 2013 |
The man who allegedly posted a photo of his dead wife on Facebook published "How I Saved Someone's Life and Marriage and Family Problems Thru Communication" in February. On Thursday, Derek Medina posted a bloody photo of his wife's twisted body on a linoleum floor on Facebook with the note, “I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Take care. Facebook people you'll see me in the news,” the Miami Herald reports. Medina, 31, turned himself in to police later that day; he has been charged with murder.
August 7, 2013 |
Get your vision boards out and prep your DVR for the inevitable Oprah special, as pop-spiritual writer Rhonda Byrne - best known for the monster hit "The Secret" - is publishing a new book, "Hero," due out Nov. 19th. "Hero" will be released through Simon & Schuster's Atria Books. In a press release, Judith Curr, the company's president and publisher, promises that "this book will inspire and show us all how to search for, find, and live our dreams. " "Hero" will follow 12 of the world's most successful people, sharing their wisdom and insight.
August 6, 2013 |
Libraries buy lots of books. Library patrons like to read bestsellers at the library. They have e-book readers and ask: Why can't I check out these virtual books at the library too? The libraries want to provide them, but say the “big six” publishers aren't making it easy. “Libraries say they're being cut out of the market because publishers are afraid they can lose money selling e-books to libraries,” says Lynn Neary in a new report on NPR on Monday. Take, for example, the current No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan.
August 6, 2013 |
A group of music publishers, including Warner/Chappell Music Inc., has sued Fullscreen Inc., which operates thousands of YouTube channels, over copyrighted songs in the digital media company's music videos. The Culver City-based Fullscreen, which has helped boost the popularity of many YouTube stars , has built more than 15,000 channels with 200 million subscribers and gets about 2.5 billion views a month. In a complaint filed in a New York federal court Tuesday, the National Music Publishers' Assn.