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Simon & Schuster to Sell Ebooks on

(Newser) - Simon & Schuster is going to put about 4,500 book titles for sale on a relatively new website that caters to e-readers, reports BusinessWeek. The publisher, which handles authors such as Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, and Dan Brown, said the ebooks will be available starting tomorrow on... More »

Antitrust Concerns Prompt Google Books Probe

Deal gives Google exclusive chance to profit from texts, say critics

(Newser) - Federal lawyers are looking into whether a Google Book Search agreement with authors and publishers may violate antitrust laws, the New York Times reports. The settlement of a 2005 suit allows Google to put millions of scanned books online, charge viewers to read them, and share revenues with both groups.... More »

Levi Plans Book to Fund Custody Fight

(Newser) - Levi Johnston is shopping a tell-all memoir about his experience with the Palin family, the National Enquirer reports. Insiders say the estranged father of Sarah Palin’s grandson is hoping to start a war chest in advance of an anticipated custody battle. “If Levi could get a million bucks,... More »

Hard Times Send Books Straight to Paperback

Cheaper books lose 'second-best' reputation

(Newser) - With customers watching their wallets, publishers are pinning their hopes this year on trade paperback books—not super-cheap mass-market paperbacks, but not hardcovers either, USA Today reports. And critics and authors who once disdained the format are warming to it. “I realized that I really want as many people... More »

4 Years Overdue, New Dan Brown to Land in Sept.

(Newser) - The follow-up to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code should finally see the light of day later this year, the New York Observer reports. Publisher Doubleday says The Lost Symbol will hit shelves Sept.15, 4 years after originally hoped. The first print run will be 5 million copies, the... More »

From Romantic Lemons, Literary Lemonade

It's fizzy, too—and comes complete with recipes and regrets

(Newser) - Recipes for "Morning After Pumpkin Bread" and "Ineffectual Eggplant Parmigiana" should clue readers in that Giulia Melucci's I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is no how-to on gaining a man's heart through his stomach, Joyce Wadler writes for the New York Times. Melucci—"a... More »

Bucking Trend, 2nd Novel Gets $5M Advance

Niffenegger wrote surprise 2003 hit The Time Traveler's Wife

(Newser) - Defying reports that publishers are in the poorhouse, Audrey Niffenegger, author of the huge bestseller, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has received a nearly $5 million advance for a new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, the New York Times reports. Her agent said the whopping payout from Scribner, a unit of... More »

Celeb Books Only Safe Bet These Days

(Newser) - Britney Spears is shopping a book to top publishers, and editors are lining up to meet her—a further sign of the strapped book industry's new mantra: "Only the sure-fire, big ticket, lowest-common-denominator bestsellers will survive," writes Sara Nelson in the Wrap. Spears’ book, no doubt with a... More »

Twilight Author 'Can't Write Worth a Darn': King

Horror maven gets vampire books' appeal

(Newser) - Sorry, Stephenie Meyer, but Stephen King isn't among your millions of fans. The wildly successful horror author compared the wildly successful vampire author's Twilight series with JK Rowling's Harry Potter books in a recent USA Weekend interview: "The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and... More »

Publishing Vet James Brady Dead at 80

Storied career included helming New York , Harper's Bazaar

(Newser) - James Brady, a veteran of numerous publications who rose from business reporting to become the editor of New York and Harper’s Bazaar, has died. He was 80. Brady is credited with founding two long-lived New York gossip standbys, the New York Post’s Page Six and New York magazine’... More »

Burn Your Kindle, Readers Need iPhone

Consumers jilt e-book readers, download titles to smartphones

(Newser) - They’ve only been around for a few years, but digital book readers may already be going the way of the Walkman. In increasing numbers, tech savvy bookworms are downloading their favorite titles onto smartphones like the iPhone for a fraction of the cost, BusinessWeek reports. For travelers, “bringing... More »

Recession Shreds Publishing Industry; Is Literature Next?

Until outfits learn to cope with digital challenges, it'll be a tough go for writers

(Newser) - The publishing industry has been battered in the past month, as large houses hemorrhage editors and consolidate divisions, leading some to wonder if literary publishing will ever be the same, Jason Boog writes on Salon. The list of ills is long: too-high advances paid to a dwindling number of sure... More »

Houghton Mifflin Stops Accepting Manuscripts

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt puts freeze on new books amid slowdown in sales

(Newser) - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has asked its editors to stop buying books, Publishers Weekly reports. The publisher already has plenty of works in the pipeline and the freeze is only temporary, according to executives, who offered no indication when it might be lifted. Still, it unsettled literary agents, who say they've... More »

Crunch Puts Crimp in Luxury Ad Sales

As consumers budget, luxury brands slash promotional spending

(Newser) - The echoes of the economic crisis continue to reverberate, with luxury brands trimming spending on newspaper and magazine ads as their target audiences cut back, reports the New York Times. Display advertising was already in decline, and spending on luxury items, which started softening in the spring, fell off a... More »

Rolling Stone Shrinks to Smaller Format

After 40 years, magazine shifts to a more standard size

(Newser) - Who better to welcome an iconic shift at Rolling Stone than self-proclaimed agent of change Barack Obama? The presidential candidate beams on the smaller, standard-sized cover of the Oct. 30 issue, which features a glossier, thicker look after 41 years of the large format. Last month's final big issue featured... More »

Death of Reading Greatly Exaggerated

Author Eggers pooh-poohs skeptical pundits, says it's 'as alive as ever'

(Newser) - Our bleak outlook on the future of reading owes itself to a doomsday reflex, the pervasive belief that things are bound to get worse, author Dave Eggers writes in Esquire. "It must be true, we think—just yesterday I saw some kid on the bus, and he wasn't reading... More »

Muslim 'Terror Trio' Bombs Publisher's London Home

Book about Muhammad child bride sparks attack

(Newser) - Three suspected Muslim terrorists were busted yesterday after they firebombed the London home of the publisher of a novel about the Prophet Muhammad that includes a sex scene, reports the Times of London. The three men were nabbed after a petrol bomb was pushed through the door of the Dutch... More »

Book on Greek Postmen Wins Weird Title Prize

Beats out People Who Don't Know They're Dead

(Newser) - Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellations is the weirdest book title of the past 30 years, according to The Bookseller magazine, which awarded the 72-page tome—a record of Greece’s postal routes—its coveted prize for weirdest title. The postmen narrowly beat out People Who Don’t Know They’... More »

Public Vetoes Most Pols' Books

Exceptions incluide Clintons, Obama, McCain

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are big deals in Congress, but their power apparently doesn’t extend to bookstores, Politico reports. Despite much-hyped releases, new books by the Speaker of the House and the majority leader have sold a mere 6,500 copies—combined. These days, even B-list lawmakers have... More »

The Incredible Shrinking Rolling Stone

Countercultural icon debuts radical new look in October

(Newser) - Rolling Stone is about to debut its most radical change in the 41-year history of the countercultural icon. The magazine's traditional large format will shrink to a standard 8x11 size in October, and the staples will give way to a glued binding, reports the New York Times. More »

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