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  • End Times

    01/07/2009 8:49:34 AM PST · by docbnj · 17 replies · 749+ views
    Atlantic, The ^ | 7 Jan 2009 | Michael Hirschorn
    Earnings reports released by the New York Times Company in October indicate that drastic measures will have to be taken over the next five months or the paper will default on some $400 million in debt. With more than $1billion in debt already on the books, only $46 million in cash reserves as of October, and no clear way to tap into the capital markets (the company’s debt was recently reduced to junk status), the paper’s future doesn’t look good.
  • William Tyndale A hero for the information age

    12/28/2008 6:56:33 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 10 replies · 449+ views
    The Economist. ^ | Dec 18 2008 | The Economist.
    AN EMERGING nation looks increasingly confident as a player on the world stage... China in the 21st century, contemplating the pros and cons of the internet? No, Tudor England, at the time when a gifted, impulsive young man called William Tyndale arrived in London..
  • The Holocaust Memoir that Wasn't

    12/28/2008 8:52:53 PM PST · by Enchante · 11 replies · 760+ views
    History News Network ^ | 12-29-08 | Kenneth Waltzer
    Dr. Waltzer is the Director, Jewish Studies, at Michigan State University. It was as a result of his research that the Penguin Group decided last week not to publish the now-discredited Holocaust memoir by Herman Rosenblat. Waltzer began raising questions about the book in November. In response the producer of the movie that was to be based on the memoir complained to Waltzer's dean. After Rosenblat admitted he had lied the producer said: "It’s unfortunate he told a lie .... The man is tragically flawed, but his story had value." Waltzer was joined in his doubts about the book by...
  • Bargain books have an unexpected cost

    12/28/2008 1:17:30 PM PST · by decimon · 197 replies · 3,906+ views
    IHT ^ | Dec. 28, 2008 | David Streitfeld
    U.S. book publishers and booksellers are full of foreboding - even more than usual for an industry that has been anticipating its demise since the advent of television. The holiday season that just ended is likely to have been one of the worst in decades. Publishers have been cutting back and laying off. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it would not acquire any new manuscripts, a move akin to a butcher shop proclaiming it had stopped ordering fresh meat. American bookstores, both new and secondhand, are faltering as well.
  • Publish in Wikipedia or perish - Journal to require authors to post in the free online...

    12/18/2008 10:28:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1,241+ views
    Nature News ^ | 16 December 2008 | Declan Butler
    Journal to require authors to post in the free online encyclopaedia.Wikipedia, meet RNA. Anyone submitting to a section of the journal RNA Biology will, in the future, be required to also submit a Wikipedia page that summarizes the work. The journal will then peer review the page before publishing it in Wikipedia. The initiative is a collaboration between the journal and the RNA family database (Rfam) consortium led by the UK Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton. "The novelty is that for the first time it creates a link between Wikipedia and traditional journal publishing, with its peer-review element," says...
  • Layoffs at Random House, Simon & Schuster

    12/03/2008 5:51:49 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 11 replies · 399+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 3, 2008 | HILLEL ITALIE
    The economy has crashed down on an industry once believed immune from the worst—book publishing—with consolidation at Random House Inc., and layoffs at Simon & Schuster and Thomas Nelson Publishers. "Yes, Virginia, book publishing is NOT recession proof," said Patricia Schroeder, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers. "It's sad day." At Random House, the country's largest general trade publisher, the man who helped give the world "The Da Vinci Code" is in talks for a new position, while the publisher of Danielle Steel and other brand-name authors is leaving altogether. Stephen Rubin, who released Dan...
  • Publishers bet big on 'Obama as hero'

    11/30/2008 12:54:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 776+ views
    Yahoo! News / The Politico ^ | November 29, 2008 | David Paul Kuhn
    The publishing industry is betting on Barack Obama like no president in decades. Since Election Day alone, more than half a dozen book deals have been signed to exploit Obamania. Two dozen books in the works range from the serious to the silly. There are retrospective ticktocks on how Obama won office and prospective looks at his first year in the White House. There is a biography on Obama’s father, a compilation of essays on Obama and race, and others tilting toward the celebratory with photographic montages. There are children’s books, of course, and a style guide on Michelle Obama,...
  • The Washington insider who made Obama rich (Robert Barnett)

    10/24/2008 4:30:40 PM PDT · by RDTF · 6 replies · 1,175+ views
    FT ^ | Oct 24, 2008 | D.D. Guttenplan
    -snip- McCain made his first million the old-fashioned way: he married the daughter of a wealthy businessman. But Barack Obama, the son of an absent African father and a mother who relied on government-issued food stamps to feed her children, became a millionaire in a more modern manner – on the back of a book deal. It happened circuitously. In 1990, Obama was already enough of a celebrity – the first black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review – for the New York publishers Simon & Schuster to offer a “six-figure contract” for a proposed autobiography. The only problem...
  • The publishing industry and liberal hypocrisy

    10/09/2008 6:53:17 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 4 replies · 258+ views
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 10-09-08 | Florentius
    For those of you who may not know, the publishing industry is almost completely run by liberals. Any debate on this should be ended by an August survey from Publishing Trends which showed a whopping 86% of respondents plan to vote for Barack Obama in November. Yes, 86%. Here's the real stunner, though. A survey in Publishers Weekly released in July of 2008, found the following:The salary divide between men and women actually increased in 2007—men received an average salary increase of 4.5% last year, compared to 4.2% for women. Men earned an average salary of $103,822 last year, compared...
  • Three accused of UK plot to attack Spokane's Muhammad publisher

    10/04/2008 10:47:34 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 6 replies · 366+ views ^ | October 4, 2008 | RAPHAEL G. SATTER
    Three men have been charged with plotting to attack the publisher of a controversial novel dealing with the Prophet Muhammad, British police said Thursday. The three - salesman Abrar Mizra, 22; cab driver Abbas Taj, 30; and Ali Beheshti, 40 - were arrested Saturday near the north London home and office of Martin Rynja, who plans to publish "The Jewel of Medina," police said. They were arrested after a fire broke out at Rynja's building, but police have refused to disclose any details. The men were charged with plotting to endanger life and damage property. Beheshti was also charged with...
  • 'Jewel of Medina' Publisher's Offices Set Afire

    09/28/2008 3:59:42 PM PDT · by tiniyo · 3 replies · 342+ views
    NEWSBUSTERS ^ | September 28, 2008 | Matthew Sheffield
    Amid all the false media hubub about Sarah Palin being an alleged "book banner" comes much more serious news about the British publisher of "Jewel of Medina," a book about the child-bride of Islamic prophet Mohammed has been set afire: Three men arrested in north London on suspicion of terrorism continue to be questioned by police. They are suspected of attempting to set fire to a publisher's office in Lonsdale Square, Islington. The publisher, Gibson House, is due to release a controversial novel about the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride, entitled "The Jewel of the Medina."
  • The End of Publishing? It Depends On How You Look At It

    09/24/2008 10:53:44 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 280+ views ^ | September 17th, 2008 | Kassia Krozser
    It’s Only The End of Rose-Colored Glasses September 17th, 2008 by Kassia Krozser If you examine it on the whole, the publishing industry is an unsustainable mess. Think about it: bad economic theory, out-of-touch decision making, Peter paying Paul or the piper or someone, deregulated approach to the market. Hmm, sounds like another entity we know, doesn’t it? It’s no wonder that we endure a never-ending succession of “it’s the end of the world as we know it” articles about the publishing industry. New York Magazine has given us the latest, a gloomy piece chock full of quotes from gloomy...
  • Christian publishers score big with Palin books

    09/17/2008 12:52:26 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 1 replies · 82+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | September 17, 2008 | Jeffrey MacDonald
    This article appeared in USA Today but linking from that paper is a no-no... In this high season for political books, two evangelical publishers are leading the race to capitalize on fascination with Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Tyndale House Publishers of Carol Stream, Ill., has begun distributing a paperback edition of Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Alaska Political Establishment Upside Down, by Alaska freelance writer Kaylene Johnson. Best known as publishers of the bestselling Left Behind series, Tyndale is printing a whopping 250,000 copies of the book, which first came out in April...
  • Eddie Van Halen Reaches Out To Sammy Hagar Over The GOP's Use Of Their Song "Right Now"

    09/16/2008 8:46:30 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 81 replies · 1,087+ views
    Eddie Trunk/Rolling Stone ^ | 9-16-2008 | Eddie Trunk
    16-Sep-08 Eddie Van Halen Reaches Out To Sammy Hagar Over The GOP's Use Of Their Song "Right Now" Rolling Stone magazine reports that days before Heart served the GOP campaign with a cease-and-desist letter for playing their 1977 hit "Barracuda" to introduce VP pick Sarah Palin (high school alias: “Sarah Barracuda”) at the August 31st Republican convention, Van Halen sounded off against McCain and Co. for blasting their tune "Right Now" at a rally in Dayton, Ohio. “Permission was not sought or granted nor would it have been given [to use the song]," Alex and Eddie Van Halen said in...
  • Congress's copyright fight puts open access science in peril

    09/16/2008 5:34:56 PM PDT · by BlazingArizona · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 9/16/08 | John Timmer
    In recent years, scientific publishing has changed profoundly as the Internet simplified access to the scientific journals that once required a trip to a university library. That ease of access has caused many to question why commercial publishers are able to dictate the terms by which publicly funded research is made available to the public that paid for it. Open access proponents won a big victory when Congress voted to compel the National Institutes of Health to set a policy of hosting copies of the text of all publications produced by research it funds, a policy that has taken effect...
  • Tyndale Back to Press on Palin Book

    09/12/2008 9:14:31 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 2 replies · 112+ views
    Publishers Weekly ^ | 9/12/2008 | Lynn Andriani
    Tyndale House has ordered a second printing of 100,000 copies for Sarah: How A Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down, which will bring the Tyndale trade paperback edition to 350,000 copies.
  • Mich.'s Zondervan publishing book on Sarah Palin

    09/08/2008 1:24:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 176+ views
    KTUU ^ | September 7, 2008
    The Christian book publisher Zondervan is coming out with a biography of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The Grand Rapids-area company says the book about Alaska's 44-year-old governor goes on sale Oct. 10 and is called "Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader." Zondervan chief executive Moe Girkins says in a news release that "regardless of your political persuasion, it is clear that Sarah Palin has quickly electrified the 2008 election." The Grand Rapids Press says author Joe Hilley is a lawyer and writer of Christian novels. Zondervan is based in Kent County's Cascade Township.
  • Controversial book about Mohammed and child bride to be published

    09/05/2008 5:02:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies · 247+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-4-08 | Tom Peterkin
    Gibson Square, known for having sold other controversial books, such as Alexander Litvinenko's "Blowing Up Russia", said it was "imperative" that "The Jewel of Medina" by American author Sherry Jones be available to the public. Random House Publishing Group, which is owned by German media company Bertelsmann AG, has admitted pulling the novel about Mohammed and his wife Aisha. The book was supposed to have been published last month, but the company said at the time that "credible and unrelated sources" had warned that the book "could incite acts of violence." Washington-based Ms Jones criticised the initial decision not to...
  • Random House pulls novel on Islam, fears violence (Where is the OUTRAGE?)

    08/30/2008 1:31:56 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies · 134+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2008 | Edith Honan
    Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammad's child bride, fearing it could "incite acts of violence." "The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones, 46, was due to be published on August 12 by Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled, Jones told Reuters on Thursday. The novel traces the life of A'isha from her engagement to Mohammad, when she was six, until the prophet's death. Jones said that she was shocked to learn in May, that publication would be postponed indefinitely. "I have deliberately...
  • Esquire’s September cover will be digital (publishing revolution)

    08/25/2008 6:53:16 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 5 replies · 161+ views
    Style Drama ^ | August 25, 2008 | Style Drama
    Imagine yourself going to a news stand and picking up Esquire’s September issue. Its cover isn’t made out of paper as usual, actually, it’s electronic! The cover, which comes with its own battery pack, will flash “the 21st Century Begins Now.” A moving cover? That’s something new.