May 31, 2007 |
Two agentless authors will have novels out this fall after winning a contest sponsored by Simon & Schuster, Borders Group Inc. and the social media website Gather.com. Terry Shaw, 44, came in first for "The Way Life Should Be," a mystery set in coastal Maine. Only one winner was planned, but judges decided to award a publishing deal to the second-place book, 30-year-old Geoffrey Edwards' "Fire Bell in the Night," a thriller set in the antebellum South.
May 11, 2007 |
The Perseus Books Group will lay off more than a quarter of its staff and shut down two imprints. Thursday's announcement came in the wake of Perseus' acquisition of the Avalon Publishing Group in March. With a motto of "Insightful, Innovative, Independent," Perseus runs some of the leading independent presses, including Basic Books, PublicAffairs and Da Capo Press, and has a history of releasing literary and topical works.
April 17, 2007 |
This city will remain a two-newspaper town -- for now -- under a deal reached Monday by the Blethen family, which controls the Seattle Times, and the Hearst Corp., publishers of the smaller Seattle Post-Intelligencer. But even as Times publisher Frank Blethen announced a settlement in a bitter 4-year-old legal dispute over the papers' joint operating agreement, he said he doubted the deal would be a permanent solution to keep both papers operating.
March 14, 2007 |
Monster Worldwide Inc., owner of the Internet's biggest job-listing site, teamed with Adicio Inc., a provider of newspaper advertising software, to make it easier for publishers to display help-wanted ads on Monster.com. Carlsbad, Calif.-based Adicio, whose 250 clients include News Corp.'s New York Post and Dow Jones & Co.'s CareerJournal .com site, will provide technology to convert ad display formats, the company said.
March 6, 2007 |
Random House Inc., the book publisher owned by Bertelsmann, agreed to buy a 90% stake in Virgin Books and signed Richard Branson to a five-book deal. Branson will retain a 10% stake in the London-based company through his Virgin Group Ltd., the companies said. His previous titles include an autobiography and a business book.
February 21, 2007 |
After a shake-up involving the sudden bankruptcy of book distributor Publishers Group West -- and worries that their own finances and stock would be tangled for months to come -- independent publishers are guardedly optimistic about a new distribution arrangement worked out last week in a Delaware courtroom.
February 17, 2007 |
The chairman is coming to BookExpo America. Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve Board chairman and author of a widely anticipated memoir, will be the keynote speaker June 1 at the publishing industry's annual national convention, to be held in New York from June 1 to 3. Greenspan, 80, reportedly received $8.5 million for his memoir, "The Age of Turbulence," scheduled to come out this fall from Penguin Press.
February 14, 2007 |
Bonnie Nadel, a veteran Los Angeles literary agent, is weary of the questions she's constantly getting from Hollywood industry types: "They want to option a book for a movie or TV, and they'll ask how many copies the book has sold," Nadel said. "And I'll tell them I really don't know the exact number. I would need inside information, which is very hard to nail down."
January 23, 2007 |
A U.S. appeals court has rejected a bid by Internet activists to roll back federal laws that extended copyright protection over "orphan works," or books and other media that are no longer in print. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision to dismiss Kahle vs. Gonzales, which argued that legal changes made in the 1990s had vastly extended copyright protections at the expense of free speech rights.