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August 19, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
On his recent book tour, Robert Luedke skimmed four nearly empty rows of folding chairs at a Borders bookstore, hoping someone in the audience -- an audience of three -- would have a question. Or maybe, against the odds, someone would ask him to sign a poster touting his works. No one did. One listener had grabbed a seat in the back row to read Vogue magazine. Eventually, the man spoke up. "I have no idea who you are," he said. "Nobody knows who I am," said Luedke, half-joking, half sighing.
August 5, 2006 | From Reuters
Random House Inc. has acquired the evangelical Christian book-publishing house Multnomah Publishers, a move that reaffirms the growing mainstream popularity of religious books. "There is an enormous market and it is a growth market," Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. "We believe that it is a timeless interest." Oregon-based Multnomah is Random House's second Christian imprint. The first, WaterBrook Press, was created in 1996.
July 14, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
As Tribune Co. reported Thursday a 62% profit drop and accelerating circulation declines, the owner of the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV Channel 5 struck a conciliatory posture in its battle with California's Chandler family. "We will look forward to moving constructively with the Chandlers," Tribune Chief Executive Dennis FitzSimons told analysts during a conference call. "They are important shareholders."
June 8, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Google Inc. is being sued by French publisher La Martiniere for indexing some of the company's titles on the Google Book Search website without permission. La Martiniere, which controls Harry N. Abrams Inc. in the U.S., is fighting Google's program to scan the content of books and let users search them. "We disagree with their case, which we will contest in court," Google said. "Google Book Search helps users find and buy books -- not read or download them for free."
May 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Publishing giant Random House is planning a tenfold increase in the amount of recycled paper it uses in books printed in the United States. The company announced Tuesday that by 2010, about 30% of the uncoated paper used in most of its U.S. titles will be made from recycled fibers, up from less than 3% now. Random House Inc. called the change "the most substantial environmental initiative in the company's history" and said it would save the equivalent of 550,000 trees per year.
May 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Faced with years of slow and even declining sales, the publishing industry has finally responded in kind. For the first time since 1999, the number of new books is going down. "In 2005, publishers were more cautious and disciplined when it came to their lists," Gary Aiello, chief operating officer of Bowker, which compiles publishing statistics, said Tuesday in a statement. "We see that trend continuing in 2006.
May 9, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic
"Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music Since 1900," the catalog for the Museum of Contemporary Art's recent exhibition by the same name, has won a George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award. The annual award, established in honor of the late New York art book dealer and publisher to recognize excellence in art publishing, was presented Sunday at a conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America in Banff, Canada.
April 29, 2006 | TIM RUTTEN
PARENTS are worried; pundits are alarmed; publishers -- on their good days -- are anxious and on the others, hysterical. The cause of their apprehension is the same: A declining number of American young people read books for pleasure, or at all. Cut through the pro forma moralizing, discount for schadenfreude, and the literary scandal du jour suggests something important about why fewer and fewer kids curl up with a good book.
April 27, 2006 | Joseph Menn and James Rainey, Times Staff Writers
William Dean Singleton will acquire three California papers and one in Minnesota being sold by McClatchy Co. in a $1-billion deal that will dramatically expand his company's presence in the Bay Area and cement his position as the Golden State's biggest daily newspaper publisher. McClatchy said Wednesday that it would sell the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times to Singleton's privately held MediaNews Group Inc., and the Monterey County Herald and St. Paul, Minn.
February 24, 2006 | From Reuters
Author James Frey, who admitted last month that he made up much of his bestselling memoir "A Million Little Pieces," has been dropped by his publisher, Riverhead Books, Frey's representative said Thursday. Frey's unmasking and public confession to Oprah Winfrey, whose endorsement catapulted the drug-rehab memoir to the top of the bestseller list, has rocked the U.S. publishing industry, stirring debate about the nature of memoirs and the importance of accuracy.
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