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February 9, 1991 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The book business has a message for Cable News Network's Peter Arnett: "Phone home." Arnett, who has stirred controversy with his dramatic if heavily censored reports from bomb-plagued Baghdad, is suddenly one of the publishing industry's hottest commodities--in absentia. Hungry editors and agents are convinced that an uncensored, no-holds-barred book by the veteran war correspondent would be an enormous seller both in the United States and abroad. "He's perfect. He's right there.
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BUSINESS
June 16, 2011 | Reuters
Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging Amazon.com Inc.'s top-selling e-reader with material that is far from being book-worthy and threatening to undermine the company's entry into publishing. Thousands of digital books, called e-books, are being published through Amazon's self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense. Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
For the foreseeable future, book sales are looking flat. According to the latest report from the Book Industry Study Group, released Friday, dollar sales and the number of books sold will increase by small levels through 2011, rising by 3% or less each year. The book business totaled $35.7 billion in 2006, a 3% increase over the previous year. The number of books sold rose to 3.1 billion, an increase of just 0.5%.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The publishing industry enjoyed a strong year in 2005, with increases in both revenues and the number of books sold. But projections for long-term growth remain limited because people increasingly don't read, according to a study released Friday. Over the last few years, the number of books published has soared even as sales have fallen. That changed in 2005. A recent report by statisticians R.R. Bowker projected that the number of books released actually dropped last year, to 172,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2012
Marilynne Robinson has never let the pressures of the publishing industry rush her to write her books. In fact, 23 years separate her first novel, "Housekeeping," from her novel "Gilead," which received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Here's what our reviewer, Merle Rubin, wrote in T he Times in December 2004 about "Gilead," which presents the autobiography of an elderly pastor living in a small Iowa town: At a moment in cultural history dominated by the shallow, the superficial, the quick fix, Marilynne Robinson is a miraculous anomaly: a writer who thoughtfully, carefully and tenaciously explores some of the deepest questions confronting the human species.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1996 | SHAUNA SNOW
POP/ROCK Patti's Return: Rocker Patti Smith, whose first album since 1988, "Gone Again," hits stores on June 18, will make her first U.S. television appearance in 18 years when she shows up this weekend on Fox TV's "Saturday Night Special." Smith will perform the album's title track and also give a poetry reading. The new album includes 10 new songs, plus a cover version of Bob Dylan's "Wicked Messenger."
NEWS
March 8, 1992 | Broude is working on a new novel called "Massada."
Norman Mailer's editor has just read the author's latest manuscript. "Great story, Norm. Loved it! But instead of calling it 'Harlot's Ghost,' we want to go with "Murder Most Foul at the CIA." "Put more sex in it," advises John Updike's editor after looking over the new novel. "Oh, and John, we need a pen name for this. Something like Lola LaBlue?" Ridiculous? Only if you're up there with Norman and John in the literary stratosphere.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1994 | JUDITH SCHOOLMAN, REUTERS
Hot flash! Totally cool new mags. They're, like, for young people--ya' know--kids, teens and college students. And, big surprise, they tell you how to flirt, look absolutely the best and know who's hot and who's not. They also take some serious looks at major issues--really. Sounds like teen-speak? Several new magazines are attempting not only to sound and look like today's teens but to address many of the pressing issues young adults face.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plucking a prime asset from a debt-straitened rival, cash-rich Paramount Communications Inc. agreed Tuesday to buy Maxwell Communication Corp.'s Macmillan Computer Publishing unit for $157.5 million. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, would catapult Paramount's Simon & Schuster unit to the top of the lucrative computer book publishing field.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1987 | PAUL RICHTER, Times Staff Writer
British media magnate Robert Maxwell was rebuffed Monday in a surprise, $2-billion offer for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, the largest U.S. elementary and high school textbook publisher and one of the last independent U.S. book publishing houses. But analysts said the rejection may mark just the opening skirmish of a protracted takeover battle between Maxwell, who heads a worldwide newspaper, book publishing and printing concern, and the diversified 68-year-old publishing concern.
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