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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
    komonews.com ^ | 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
    booksquare.com ^ | 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.
  • Early Sales of a [Sycophantic] Book on Obama Anger Stores

    08/19/2008 8:15:23 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 22 replies · 150+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 18, 2008 | By JULIE BOSMAN
    Barnes & Noble has substantially reduced its 10,000-copy order of “Obama’s Challenge,” by Robert Kuttner, after Chelsea Green, the book’s publisher, announced it would initially be sold exclusively on Amazon.com. Mary Ellen Keating, a spokeswoman for Barnes & Noble, said in a statement on Monday evening that the initial order “was based on the book being available to all booksellers simultaneously — an even playing field — which is common practice in book publishing.” She declined to say how many copies the retailer ordered. Katharine Walton, a spokeswoman for Chelsea Green, said Barnes & Noble was angry at being excluded...
  • US publisher cancels book on Prophet Mohammed's (youngest) wife

    08/18/2008 6:21:59 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies · 501+ views
    AFP (via Yahoo News) ^ | Aug 18, 2008
    A US publisher has cancelled the publication of a novel about the youngest wife of the Muslim prophet Mohammed amid a growing controversy over the book. "The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones about Mohammed's child bride A'isha had been due for release in the United States last week. But publisher Random House released her from the contract amid the controversy and her agent said Jones is now looking for a publisher in another country to pick up the rights. "Random House made the decision to cancel its US publication of the novel 'The Jewel of...
  • Random House pulls novel on Islam

    08/13/2008 3:16:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 8 replies · 127+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammed'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, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled, Jones told Reuters . The novel traces the life of A'isha from her engagement to Mohammed, 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...
  • Random House scraps publication of novel on Prophet Mohammed's child bride

    08/08/2008 10:36:42 AM PDT · by alan120880 · 16 replies · 159+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:23PM BST 08 Aug 2008 | Catherine Elsworth
    My first post. The Jewel of Medina, a debut historical novel by Sherry Jones, a journalist who spent years studying Arab history, focuses on the life of A'isha, one of the prophet's wives to whome he is said to have become engaged when she was six. It was due for release next week, but in May was pulled after the publisher was told the book could be seen as "offensive to some in the Muslim community". The Wall Street Journal reported that Denise Spellberg, associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Texas, who saw proofs of the book,...
  • Censorship Not Neccessary

    08/07/2008 7:25:55 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 3 replies · 103+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 8/7/2008 | Moneyrunner
    Censorship is when the government prevents you from publishing something. When the subject is Islam, the government does not have to do anything to block publication. Our publishers decide on their own that it would be best for them not to publish anything that could possibly offend Muslims. Random House is leading the way. Random House pulls novel on Islam, fears violence Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammed'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...
  • Shades of the Danish Cartoons: Random House in disgrace

    08/07/2008 6:14:48 PM PDT · by flyfree · 27 replies · 226+ views
    ...the company has decided not to publish Sherry Jones’ historical novel “The Jewel of Medina” about Mohammed’s child bride Aisha. The book was part of a $100,000 two-book contract with the author. Shame on Random House! This act of abject cowardice and de facto censorship is one of the most disgraceful incidents I can think of in the history of American publishing. As Asra Q. Nomani writes in the WSJ: Random House feared the book would become a new “Satanic Verses,” the Salman Rushdie novel of 1988 that led to death threats, riots and the murder of the book’s Japanese...
  • Random House Kills "Anti-Muslim" Book; Previously Published The Da Vinci Code

    08/07/2008 11:53:20 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 25 replies · 154+ views
    According to an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Random House has reneged on an agreement to publish a novel about Aisha, Muhammad’s young wife. The Jewel of Medina, written by Sherry Jones, allegedly has some racy material, enough to provoke one of the writers who vetted the book, Denise Spellberg, to warn the publisher that it could inspire violence. Random House decided not to publish the book for “fear of a possible terrorist threat from extremist Muslims” and concern for “the safety and security of the Random House building and employees.” Addressing this today is Catholic League president Bill...
  • Islamists Rule American Publishing Industry

    08/06/2008 7:25:07 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies · 65+ views
    publiusforum.com ^ | 08/06/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    America is the land of liberty. It is the place where political expression is protected by law and custom. It is the freest nation on Earth... unless, of course, you wish to talk about Islam. Then, unless you bow and scrape, unless you assert its supposed peacefulness, unless you bend over backwards to make sure that you don't "offend" Islamists, you will be shut down. At least this is true if you wish to publish a book about Islam, it appears. Not long ago, a book titled "Alms for Jihad" was ridiculously voluntary destroyed, "pulped" being the term, by...
  • The Future of Conservative Books

    08/04/2008 9:51:25 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies · 152+ views
    City Journal ^ | 8/1/2008 | Harry Stein
    In 2003, something unthinkable happened in the tradition-bound—and unapologetically liberal—world of book publishing: two of the largest and best-known conglomerates, Penguin and Random House, set up imprints, Sentinel and Crown Forum, dedicated to producing conservative books. Two years later, Simon and Schuster added its own right-leaning imprint, Threshold. Behind this development lay the stark commercial fact that since the mid-nineties, conservative titles had been showing up in profusion on the nation’s bestseller lists. For a while, industry veterans found this phenomenon fairly easy to discount. After all, most of the conservative bestsellers were products of one small house, Washington, D.C.–based...
  • 'Gay' man sues Bible publishers

    07/09/2008 10:14:10 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 64 replies · 113+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 8, 2008 | WND
    A homosexual man is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible they publish refers to homosexuality as a sin. Bradley LaShawn Fowler, 39, of Canton, Mich., is seeking $60 million from Zondervan and another $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing in lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Press reported. Fowler filed his claim against Grand Rapids-based Zondervan Monday, alleging its Bibles' references to homosexuality as a sin have made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and...
  • Bibles are big business in China

    06/22/2008 8:34:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 380+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2008 | Ching-Ching Ni
    A new plant can turn out 12 million copies a year. Some are for export, but most are for domestic sale. The factory looks like it could be any plant in this export-driven nation. Hundreds of Chinese workers huddle over loud machines churning out large orders for customers at home and abroad. But what they're making might surprise you: Bibles. As Tibetan monks grab headlines protesting the lack of religious freedom under Chinese rule, a booming Bible industry is on its way to turning the world's biggest atheist nation into the world's largest producer of the Good Book. Chairman Mao...
  • The Commonwealth Publications Saga Part III: Implosion

    05/23/2008 9:51:31 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 87+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 23, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The afterglow didn’t last long, however. The proverbial ‘red flags’ soon began to appear. The volume of complaints from authors steadily grew; the production backlog became the elephant in the room, and uncertainty over company funds became fodder for water cooler chat. Then on August 31, 1997, an event occurred that signaled the beginning of the end.....
  • That Book Costs How Much?

    04/26/2008 8:36:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 65 replies · 250+ views
    New York Times ^ | 04/25/2008 | editorial
    College students and their families are rightly outraged about the bankrupting costs of textbooks that have nearly tripled since the 1980s, mainly because of marginally useful CD-ROMs and other supplements. A bill pending in Congress would require publishers to sell “unbundled” versions of the books — minus the pricey add-ons. Even more important, it would require publishers to reveal book prices in marketing material so that professors could choose less-expensive titles. The bill is a good first step. But colleges and universities will need to embrace new methods of textbook development and distribution if they want to rein in runaway...
  • Author Admits Acclaimed Memoir Is Fantasy (Love and Consequences)

    03/03/2008 10:00:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies · 208+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2008 | MOTOKO RICH
    In “Love and Consequences,” a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods. The problem is that none of it is true. Margaret B. Jones is a pseudonym for Margaret Seltzer, who is all white and grew up in the well-to-do Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, with her biological family. She graduated from the Campbell Hall School, a private Episcopal day school in the North Hollywood...
  • Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under "gluttonous" PRO-IP Act

    01/30/2008 10:54:17 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 35 replies · 106+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 1-29-08 | Nate Anderson
    Not content with the current (and already massive) statutory damages allowed under copyright law, the RIAA is pushing to expand the provision. The issue is compilations, which now are treated as a single work. In the RIAA's perfect world, each copied track would count as a separate act of infringement, meaning that a copying a ten-song CD even one time could end up costing a defendant $1.5 million if done willfully. Sound fair? Proportional? Necessary? Not really, but that doesn't mean it won't become law. The change to statutory damages is contained in the PRO-IP Act that is currently up...
  • Calling All Writers Who Expressly Perfect Bind Their Own Books (Vanity)

    12/20/2007 9:07:15 PM PST · by ROTB · 10 replies · 204+ views
    Me | 12/20/2007 | Me
    I have a friend, who has written a book, and he is attempting to perfect bind the book on his own. He has run into problems with the single-sheet binding, where the pages, even with hot melt adhesive are not adhering to the spine properly. The pages are easily pulled out of the spine with an even side to side pull. He's come to the point where he believes he as a single individual cannot purchase the best hot melt adhesive, and it is only sold to industry book binders. Any thoughts on this? Any help? Is there a type...
  • Adult Academic Book Store

    12/07/2007 6:22:25 AM PST · by bs9021 · 15 replies · 452+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 7, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    Adult Academic Book Store by: Malcolm A. Kline, December 07, 2007 Our academic elites love to point out to the rest of us how unenlightened we are. Perhaps they can explain the scholarly value of some of the books rolling off of their own university presses, such as the trio of tomes reviewed by Camille Paglia in the September 21, 2007 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education: • Images of Bliss: Ejaculation, Masculinity, Meaning, by Murat Aydemir (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). • Impotence: A Cultural History, by Angus McLaren (University of Chicago Press, 2007). • Sperm Counts: Overcome...
  • Breaking: Ex-Publisher Says News Corp. Official Wanted Her to Lie to Protect Giuliani

    11/13/2007 4:40:30 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 39 replies · 136+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/13/2007 | Ross Buettner
    Judith Regan, the book publisher who was fired by the News Corporation last year, asserts in a lawsuit filed today that a senior executive at the media conglomerate encouraged her to mislead federal investigators about her relationship with Bernard B. Kerik during his bid to become homeland security secretary in late 2004. The lawsuit asserts that the News Corporation executive wanted to protect the presidential aspirations of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Kerik’s mentor, who had appointed him New York City police commissioner and had recommended him for the federal post.
  • Judith Regan to sue Murdoch and Newscorp

    11/13/2007 3:11:47 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 13 replies · 109+ views
    REPORTS: PUBLISHER JUDITH REGAN TO FILE $100 MILLION SUIT AGANIST MURDOCH EMPIRE IN NY COURT; WILL BE REPPED BY SUPERLAWYER BERT FIELDS... DEVELOPING... Just a header on Drudge right now.. Regan grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1971.[1] She then attended Vassar College, receiving her A.B. degree in 1975. Then in 1978, while working as a secretary at Harvard, Regan answered a newspaper ad for a reporter for The National Enquirer and got the job. In the early 1980s, Regan relocated to New York City. After the 911 attacks in 2001, Regan published...
  • Conservative Authors Sue Publisher (Regnery)

    11/06/2007 3:13:59 PM PST · by americanflyer1234 · 13 replies · 124+ views
    Five authors have sued the parent company of Regnery Publishing, a Washington imprint of conservative books, charging that the company deprives its writers of royalties by selling their books at a steep discount to book clubs and other organizations owned by the same parent company. In a suit filed in United States District Court in Washington yesterday, the authors Jerome R. Corsi, Bill Gertz, Lt. Col. Robert (Buzz) Patterson, Joel Mowbray and Richard Miniter state that Eagle Publishing, which owns Regnery, “orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets...
  • Rosie O'Donnell opens book fair with a comedian's touch (Insults President Bush, of course!)

    11/05/2007 9:04:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 205+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | November 5, 2007 | Connie Ogle
    The first F bomb of the evening came early, followed rapidly by the first insult of President Bush, which, not surprisingly, incorporated the second F bomb. This was not the end of the swearing, but then, this was not your usual book fair speaker. This was Rosie O'Donnell. Or, as she is known to the patient fans without tickets waiting outside in the standby line, just plain Rosie. O'Donnell kicked off the 24th edition of the Miami Book Fair International Sunday night at Miami Dade College, and the audience was smaller than usual on past opening nights. A rough count...
  • Why Liberals Read More Books (Or Why Ann Coulter Will Never Become Book Industry President Alert)

    08/24/2007 4:32:12 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 32 replies · 1,587+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 08/24/2007 | Joseph Farah
    I am talking about the fact that, according to this poll, there are far more self-identified conservatives in America than self-identified liberals – even among a sampling that included far more Democrats than Republicans! Please, read the raw data for yourself. First, I want you to try to imagine the book-publishing trade industry selecting Ann Coulter to be its president. I know, I know. It could never happen. It could never happen despite the fact Ann Coulter sells more political books than almost anyone on the American scene. But it could never happen because, despite her tremendous success as a...
  • Libs Love Books--Or Do They?

    08/21/2007 2:52:31 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 44 replies · 1,763+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    Liberals around the country are smiling today at an Associated Press poll and story circulating on the web claiming that conservatives read less than liberals, non more so than former Colorado Democratic congresswoman Pat Schroeder who despite being president of the American Association of Publishers decided she felt like insulting half of her potential reading audience by dusting off an old liberal refrain: "The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes,' [...] It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no...
  • Book Chief: Conservatives Want Slogans (Liberals read more books than Conservatives)

    08/21/2007 11:56:43 AM PDT · by peggybac · 152 replies · 2,330+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/21/07 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Liberals read more books than conservatives. The head of the book publishing industry's trade group says she knows why—and there's little flattering about conservative readers in her explanation. "The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes,'" Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers, said in a recent interview. "It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes' on every page." Schroeder, who as a Colorado Democrat was once one of Congress'...
  • My Book Deal Ruined My Life

    07/23/2007 5:05:12 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 94 replies · 2,701+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | June 5, 2007 | Gillian Reagan
    Taxes, weight gain, depression, loneliness—book advances are like lottery payoffs For those who think they have a book inside them just waiting to be written—and, really, isn’t that pretty much everyone?—landing a book contract would be like winning the lottery. Dreams would come true; doors would open. Anything could happen. “You hear about these big contracts coming in, and it whets your appetite,” said Leah McLaren, a columnist for Canada’s Globe and Mail, who landed a book contract with HarperCollins Canada in 2003 for her chick-lit novel, The Continuity Girl. “You start to think, ‘This is my lottery ticket …....
  • Christian Booksellers Face Crisis Of Faith: Move To Mainstream Has Invited Mainstream Competition

    07/14/2007 6:44:31 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 202+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2007 | Dale Hanson Bourke
    ATLANTA -- Here at the International Christian Retail Show it is, to borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens, the best of times or the worst of times, depending on whom you ask. Two years ago organizers stopped calling this expo the Christian Booksellers Convention. Book and Bible publishers are no longer the dominant force. They now share the exhibit floor with a dizzying array of T-shirt manufacturers, greeting card companies and even Christian candymakers. Book publishers point out that Christian retailers are no longer their primary sales channel. Online sellers such as Amazon.com, and such "big box" stores as Wal-Mart,...
  • News Ages Quickly - Scientific publishing moves into the 21st century at last

    07/05/2007 1:46:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 639+ views
    Reason ^ | July 3, 2007 | Ronald Bailey
    Arguably, the Information Age began in 1665. That was the year the Journal des scavans and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London started regular publication. Making new scientific information more easily and widely available was the spark that ignited the Industrial Revolution. The founding editor of the Journal des scavans, Denis de Sallo, chose to publish his new journal weekly because, as he explained, "news ages quickly." Scientific news ages even more quickly in the 21st century than it did in the 17th century. Last week, one of the world's leading scientific journals, Nature, conceded this fact by...
  • Bill Gates Among Investors with $26 Million Share in Homosexual Activist Publishing Company

    07/05/2007 4:23:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 513+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/5/07 | John-Henry Westen
    NEW YORK, July 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The UK Independent revealed today that Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has acquired a major stake in a homosexual activist publishing company.  SEC Filings reveal that Cascade Investment, which invests Gates' money, is among a group of investors that has bought a $26.2 million share in PlanetOut, a publishing company which runs Out magazine as well as the dating website Gay.com which is used primarily for sexual "hook-ups" and all-gay RSVP Cruises. According to Pink News, the new investors, including Mr Gates, will collectively own a majority of the shares in PlanetOut, likely...
  • Right-Wing Publishers Worry About Future

    06/03/2007 6:17:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 1,277+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/3/7 | HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer
    NEW YORK, (AP) -- There were books advocating the public role of Christianity and the soundness of the free market, an attack on the liberal "elite" by Laura Ingraham and a memoir by Lynne Cheney, wife of the vice president. The conservative works on display at BookExpo America, which ended Sunday, could be seen as a tribute to the diversity of right-wing publishing and the movement in general. But, publishers say, they're really a sign of an industry, and of a political movement, wondering what to do next. "The conservative market is not unified, there are many fractures," says Marji...
  • iBook Question [is this iBook toast?]

    05/31/2007 6:56:41 PM PDT · by jdm · 37 replies · 896+ views
    Self ^ | May 31, 2007 | Self
    Out of curiosity, has anyone with a Mac iBook been presented with this message, when powering up in a different location than where you normally connect to the internet: "None of your trusted internet connections can be found, would you like to join the internet connection jdnetwork?" I'm posting this message for a friend who clicked "Yes" to that prompt and immediately the following happened: The pointer/hourglass locked upThe whole screen frozeHe had to power down by removing/reinserting the batteryUpon trying to turn on the iBook, no (green) power light was present. Not sure what to do next. The computer...