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Owner Gives Up on Publishing Merger Blocked by Court

Penguin Random House planned to buy Simon & Schuster for $2.2B

(Newser) - Simon & Schuster's corporate parent announced Monday it has officially ended the agreement for Penguin Random House to purchase the publisher. The company had said it would appeal a court ruling last month blocking the deal. The parent, Paramount Global, still intends to sell Simon & Schuster, the AP...

Stephen King Will Be Star Witness in Publishing Antitrust Trial

Government is trying to block merger of two of publishing's 'Big Five'

(Newser) - The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House exchanged opening salvos in a federal antitrust trial Monday as the US seeks to block the biggest US book publisher from absorbing rival Simon & Schuster. The case comes as a key test of the Biden administration’s antitrust policy, the AP...

'The Deal Is One of the Biggest of All Time'

Britney Spears reportedly lands $15M book deal

(Newser) - Britney Spears has scored a $15 million book deal, publishing insiders tell Page Six . The sources say the deal was made after a bidding war that Simon & Schuster won. "The deal is one of the biggest of all time, behind the Obamas," says one source. A source...

DOJ Doesn't Want Publishing's 'Big Five' Becoming 'Big Four'

Files antitrust suit to stop major book publisher merger

(Newser) - The Justice Department is suing to block a $2.2 billion book publishing deal that would have reshaped the industry, saying consolidation would hurt authors and, ultimately, readers, the AP reports. German media giant Bertelsmann's Penguin Random House, already the largest American publisher, wants to buy New York-based Simon...

Last of Woodward's Trio on Trump Is Out Next Month
Woodward's New 
Trump Book: Peril

Woodward's New Trump Book: Peril

Third installment of a trio will cover the transition and the early stages of the Biden administration

(Newser) - Bob Woodward's next book on former President Trump has a title and a release date. Peril will go on sale Sept. 21, CNN reports. It will be the finale of Woodward's series of three books about Trump; the previous two, both bestsellers, were Fear and Rage. This one...

Publisher Won't Kowtow to Staff and Cancel Pence Memoir

Simon & Schuster president says 'we will proceed'

(Newser) - Some Simon & Schuster employees don't want to see their employer move ahead with its two-book deal with Mike Pence, but their consternation apparently won't get them anywhere. The Guardian reports Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp replied to his staff's open letter calling for cancellation of...

Pence Jumps Ahead of Trump With 2-Book Deal

Publishers have been signing administration figures slowly

(Newser) - Mike Pence has found work. The former vice president signed a deal Wednesday to write two books for Simon & Schuster, the first of which is due out in 2023, USA Today reports. The publisher said readers can look forward to "the definitive book on one of the most...

Trump Niece Says She Sees Family Dynamic Writ Large

Memoir nears 1M in sales on first official day of sales

(Newser) - A book that her family didn't want to see the light of day is going into its 14th printing after its first official day of sales. Mary Trump's Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man has sold 950,000 copies,...

Trump Niece: Here's Why the Case Against Me Is Nuts

Mary Trump makes her case in court

(Newser) - "Confidentiality agreement? Give me a break." That's pretty much what Mary Trump argued in a Thursday affidavit seeking to fully unblock the release of her bombshell memoir, the Washington Post reports. President Trump's niece dismissed the agreement as worthless because, she said, it was part of...

Judge Blocks Trump Niece's Book on 'Nightmare of Traumas'

Judge issues temporary restraining order

(Newser) - The second time was apparently the charm for Donald Trump's brother, who on Tuesday succeeded in his quest to halt a tell-all book by the president's niece. Robert Trump's request for an injunction was dismissed last Thursday by Surrogates Court Judge Peter Kelly in New York City...

Jill Abramson on Plagiarism Accusation: Look at Footnotes

Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan made the allegation on Wednesday

(Newser) - Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, Merchants of Truth. She and her publisher are promising to investigate, reports the AP . A Twitter thread posted Wednesday by Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan lists several examples of...

Despite Milo Move, Author Won't Let Publisher Off Hook

Feminist author Roxane Gay rails on Simon & Schuster

(Newser) - People are buzzing about Simon & Schuster pulling Milo Yiannopoulos' upcoming book, Dangerous, over past pedophilia comments—but one person not giving him, or the publisher, a pass is Roxane Gay. On her Tumblr , the Bad Feminist author digs into S&S, noting that no, "they did not finally...

Leslie Jones Has Beef With Breitbart Editor's Book Deal

Simon & Schuster is helping to 'spread hate,' she says

(Newser) - Milo Yiannopoulos was allegedly behind the racist and sexist harassment of Leslie Jones on Twitter, and now the controversial Breitbart editor has a book deal . Jones isn't letting that fact slip by quietly. After publisher Simon & Schster released a statement defending the deal from the backlash that ensued,...

Book Coming From Controversial Breitbart Editor, Despite Uproar

Preorder for Milo Yiannopoulos' book sits atop Amazon best seller list

(Newser) - In the face of heavy criticism, Simon & Schuster is moving forward with plans to publish a book by the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, the AP reports. Yiannopoulos writes for Breitbart News, considered by many a platform for the so-called "alt-right" movement, an offshoot of conservatism that mixes racism,...

Upper East Side Exposé Maybe Not So Factual

'Primates of Park Avenue' will get a clarifying note

(Newser) - In its description of a highly publicized exposé on Upper East Side housewives, publishing giant Simon & Schuster notes that author Wednesday Martin compares "mothers’ snobbiness at school drop-off ... to olive baboons." Now, less than a week after the publication of Primates of Park Avenue , the New York ...

Clinton Book Faces 'Effective Ban' in China

Move shows 'low level of intellectual freedom': Simon & Schuster president

(Newser) - Chinese audiences won't get a chance to read Hillary Clinton's, um, glowing remarks on the country in her new memoir. Chinese publishers have passed on the translation rights to Hard Choices—which criticizes China as the "epicenter of the antidemocratic movement in Asia"—and the English...

Ringo Turning 'Octopus's Garden' Into Kids' Book

45-year-old song getting a new incarnation, for the kids

(Newser) - Ringo Starr is joining the ranks of celebrities-turned-children's-authors. The Beatle plans to turn his 45-year-old song "Octopus's Garden" into a children's book, reports the Christian Science Monitor . Starr, though, will do so in collaboration with a pro—kids' book illustrator Ben Cort. It will be out...

Clinton Inks Memoir Deal for Years at State

Book publicity expected to boost speculation about presidential run

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's memoir of her time as secretary of state is on its way, with Simon & Schuster announcing the deal today and tentatively aiming to publish it in June 2014, reports USA Today . Financial details of the book were not disclosed, but Clinton earned $8 million for her...

Feds May Smack Apple With Ebook Suit Today
Feds Sue Apple Over
E-book Price Fixing
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Feds Sue Apple Over E-book Price Fixing

Allege Apple deal with publishers drove up prices

(Newser) - The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the US' biggest book publishers over allegations that they conspired to fix the price of e-books ahead of the iPad's launch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The conspiracy allegedly aimed to drive up prices, which had...

Glenn Beck Launches Own Book Imprint

First non-Beck book is by... a YA author?

(Newser) - Glenn Beck may be leaving Fox but you’ll still see a lot of him at the bookstore. Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster both to publish a bunch of Beck’s own books, and to create Mercury Ink, a division devoted to...

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