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The Golden Age of Journalism?

Only in the years that shrank the screen to your desk, then your hand, now your pocket—and one day soon on your eyeglasses—did it became apparent that throughout the print era the newspaper had been misnamed.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Glenn Fleishman (CC-BY)

Apple Rigged Book Prices, Judge Rules

When Apple decided to get into the e-book business, it joined a conspiracy with major publishers to raise book prices as much as 50 percent, a judge determined Wednesday.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


Save Our Democracy: Buy the L.A. Times for $660 Million

The Other 98%, a group loosely associated with Occupy Wall Street, is trying to raise enough cash to outbid Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers in their efforts to buy the Tribune Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, among other newspapers.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Michael Probst

Reports of Publishing’s Death Are Exaggerated

Some people think the book business in on its last legs. But others think it isn’t a business at all.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



Photo of a Ramparts cover by SPJ

Dugald Stermer Wanted to Change the World

Dugald Stermer, illustrator and visionary art director of Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker, died last Friday after a long illness. He was 74.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Behold the Triumph of the E-Book

Although there are those purists out there who still insist on reading actual books—as in the kind that come from trees—Amazon’s grand pooh-bah Jeff Bezos announced last week that sales of e-books have now surpassed that of their analog counterparts.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



Amazon

Falling in Love With the Kindle

I hated Amazon’s first Kindle as much as my dad, an avid reader, writer and collector of books, loved it. For him, it was delivery on a very old promise. For me, its monochrome screen, beige plastic body and single-mindedness represented a technological regression.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE


Rove

Competing Authors Pull a Karl Rove on ... Karl Rove

It’s not too often that this combination of words issues from our fingers, but this ad is priceless. The enterprising authors of “Rework,” the book currently slotted in Amazon’s No. 2 position under Karl Rove’s enormous, picture-free and heavy tome “Courage and Consequence,” just might have pulled ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Blizzard-Free Edition

Curl up with some eggnog and click on to find out why Americans can’t make things (hint: business school), why Michelangelo wasn’t such a loner, after all, and more.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Editor & Publisher No More

The Nielsen Co. is putting Editor & Publisher to pasture after 125 years of covering the newspaper business. It’s a shot in the gut to journalists everywhere, many of whom got their start from the mag’s want ads. But the trade’s shoes have already been filled by commendable online publications, such as Romenesko and local efforts like LA Observed. (continued)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Kindle 2
Flickr/bfishadow

Are the Kindle’s Days Numbered?

Although Kindle sales have seemed strong since its debut nearly two years ago, the future of Amazon’s e-reader may not be rosy, according to The Atlantic’s Kevin Maney, who sums up the “Kindle problem” thusly: “[I]n aiming to provide both a great experience and supreme convenience, it has achieved neither.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


Laura Bush
White House / Shealah Craighead

It’s ‘Laura’—‘Mrs. Bush’ if You’re Nasty

Americans have always preferred Laura Bush to her husband, and now Scribner, an imprint of a division of a subsidiary of Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements, is hoping to capitalize on that appeal with an “intimate” new memoir set for 2010 release. There’s no telling how much the better Bush is getting paid, but “millions” is a safe bet. Update after the jump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 READ MORE


Palin
Flickr/sskennel

Palin Poised to Make Millions on Publishing Deal

Huh! So Sarah Palin’s White House bid didn’t pan out, but the story of her two-month sprint to Election Day with John McCain will likely translate into big bucks from an eager publishing house. But what should Palin’s tome be called?

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Audacity of Hope
barackobama.net

Obama’s Book Sales Riding the Tsunami

Nothing like winning a presidential election to send your book sales through the roof, as Barack Obama and his presumably gleeful publishers are discovering.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


Goodbye to All That

Although coverage of books in major newspapers may seem to have taken a precipitous downturn in recent months, this decline has been in the works for a while, says longtime writer, literary editor and book aficionado Steve Wasserman, who opines in this CJR article about the high costs of this lamentable cultural sea change.

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky
sl.wikipedia.org

Turks Acquitted for Publishing Chomsky

A Turkish publisher, two editors and a translator have all been acquitted of insulting Turkishness. The four were charged for translating and publishing “Manufacturing Consent,” by Noam Chomsky (above), which criticizes Turkey’s treatment of Kurds.  Though the EU has pressured Turkey to reform its laws regarding expression, it remains a crime there to insult the state.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


81 years of cartoons on a hard drive
thenewyorkerstore.com

Storied Magazine Makes Historic Sales Pitch

The New Yorker is selling its complete archive, “every article, poem, short story, and cartoon (and every advertisement) that has appeared in the magazine since 1925,” on an external hard drive for $300.  It’s a novel move for a media company, many of which have been wary of releasing digital versions of content to the public, for fear of piracy.

Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


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