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.
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June 15, 2013
Iain Banks Edgy Scottish novelist Iain Banks, 59, a Scottish writer who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, died Sunday. His publisher, Little Brown, announced his death but did not provide other details. Banks, whose writing took readers from rural Scotland to the edge of space, said in April that he was terminally ill with gall bladder cancer and that his soon-to-be released novel, "The Quarry," would be his last.
June 14, 2013 |
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.
June 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Apple Inc. and five major publishers conspired to fix prices on e-books, costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, a U.S. Justice Department attorney argued during the first day of a marquee antitrust trial. Apple's attorney denied the government's accusations and said that the company had brought innovation to a broken e-book market that has benefited consumers. The verbal sparring came on the first day of a federal antitrust trial in which federal prosecutors accused Apple of colluding with the publishers.
June 1, 2013 |
For a company that beat down prices of online music, Apple Inc. finds itself in the odd situation of defending itself against government claims that it conspired to fix prices for electronic books. Starting Monday, the Justice Department will lay out in a civil antitrust trial its accusations that Apple masterminded a cartel with publishers to raise prices in an e-book market in which the Cupertino, Calif., company remains a bit player compared with rival Amazon.com Inc. As opening statements begin, perhaps the biggest question hovering over the proceedings is this: Why is this case even going to trial?
May 31, 2013 |
One of the first books I bought when I was doing my (brief) sommelier training in Paris years ago was a copy of “Le Féret,” the definitive guide to the wines of Bordeaux, oh, since 1850. I haven't opened it in years, but when I wanted to look something up the other day, I discovered the book has gone missing. Where? Is it hidden away in a box of books I have yet to unpack? Or was it yet another item left behind by the movers when I changed houses nine years ago? Now that I have a burning need to consult it, I can't remember how I acquired it. Was it in San Francisco before I left for Paris?
May 30, 2013 |
It appears caps on free radio streams have not stopped Pandora's growth in mobile. The music streaming company is now the top-grossing publisher in Apple's iOS App Store, based on monthly revenue, according to app analytics firm App Annie . Pandora -- which makes its money from premium subscribers and advertising revenue -- topped the list for the first time, App Annie said in its April index posted Thursday. It ranked fourth in the Google Play store, behind the Japanese social networking sites LINE and GREE, and the South Korean messaging service Kakao.
May 28, 2013 |
Pop star and actor Rick Springfield will publish his first novel, "Magnificent Vibration," in 2014, and it looks like it's going to be pretty wacky. That's despite its mainstream pedigree; "Magnificent Vibration" is coming to us from Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Here's Touchstone's description: "[T]he novel portrays a hero who has hit a dead end in his life, but who serendipitously receives a 1-800 phone connection to God via an inscription in a mysterious self-help book that may just give him a shot at saving the planet.
May 24, 2013 |
Underscoring the troubled financial health of print media, News Corp. said it would record a non-cash impairment charge of $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion during the current fiscal quarter to reflect diminished value of its publishing assets. The company, which owns the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, the Times of London, the Australian and the HarperCollins book publishing house, made the disclosure Friday afternoon in a filing with...
May 23, 2013 |
A new novel by Pearl S. Buck will be published in October, more than 40 years after her death. Buck, best known for her novel "The Good Earth," won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938. " The Eternal Wonder " was discovered in storage and will be published as an e-book original by Open Road Media. Buck finished the novel not long before she died in 1973. The novel is, the publisher writes, a coming-of-age story of "an extraordinarily gifted young man whose search for meaning and purpose leads him to New York, England, Paris, on a mission patrolling the DMZ in Korea.