Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press editor leaving newspapers
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press newspapers' top editor is leaving amid restructuring at the publications.
The Virginian-Pilot reports Friday that Tribune Publishing...
NEW YORK (AP) — The man who helped introduce J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books to U.S. audiences is leaving his longtime job at Scholastic and starting his own publishing house.
Paperback pioneer Betty Ballantine dead at 99
NEW YORK (AP) — Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback and vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres through such blockbusters as "The Hobbit" and "Fahrenheit 451," has died.
Ballantine died Tuesday at her home in Bearsville, New York, granddaughter Katharyn Ballantine told The Associated Press. She was 99 and had been in declining health.
New publisher named for Homer, Kenai papers
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A new publisher is leading both the Homer News and the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai.
Sound Publishing Inc., which owns both newspapers, appointed Jeff Hayden as publisher. He started his post Monday.
Terry Ward, regional publisher and Sound Publishing vice president, says he's pleased to put the newspapers in Hayden's capable hands. He says Hayden "has a deep-rooted desire to help local businesses with their marketing and a passion for community journalism."
Newspaper cutting print editions on Mondays, Tuesdays
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Blade newspaper in Toledo says it will stop publishing its print editions on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The newspaper says the changes will begin on Feb. 25 and that it will continue digital distribution of news on those days without the print edition.
Germany bans 2 Kurdish publishing houses for backing PKK
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Tuesday banned two publishers for allegedly belonging to a banned Kurdish organization.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he banned the publishers Mezopotamien Verlag und Vertrieb GmbH and the MIR Multimedia GmbH because they support the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
Authorities searched the two publishing houses in western and northern Germany on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Open the vaults: Unpublished Salinger work to be released
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the book world's greatest mysteries is finally ending: J.D. Salinger's son says previously unpublished work by his late father will be coming out.
In comments that appeared Friday in The Guardian, Matt Salinger confirmed longstanding reports that the author of "The Catcher in the Rye" had continued to write decades after he stopped publishing books. He said that he and Salinger's widow, Colleen, are "going as fast as we freaking can" to prepare the material for release.
Brad Meltzer returns to first publisher, has 3-book deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling thriller writer Brad Meltzer is returning to his publishing roots.
Meltzer has a 3-book deal with the HarperCollins imprint Morrow, which released his debut novel "The Tenth Justice" in 1997. Morrow announced Thursday that his next book will come out in 2021 and will feature the protagonists Nola Brown and Zig Zigarowski from last year's "The Escape Artist."
Danish newspaper, chief editor fined for ex-spy boss book
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined 150,000 kroner ($22,900) on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets.
The Copenhagen City Court says Politiken boss Christian Jensen violated a ban by publishing the book, which is based on Jakob Scharf's seven years as head of the Denmark's Security and Intelligence Service, known as PET.
Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The origins of a suspected computer attack that disrupted the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing newspapers remained unclear Sunday after causing delivery delays and being brought to the attention of federal investigators.
The Latest: Tribune says newspapers hit by computer virus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a computer virus that has affected the printing and delivery of newspapers across the nation (all times local):
Tribune Publishing says a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers across the country, the Chicago Tribune reports .
Oklahoma AG: Defunct publisher will pay about $1M to victims
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — A father and son who ran an Oklahoma-based publishing company have agreed to pay back about $1 million to the thousands of writers and musicians they defrauded, according to the state's attorney general.
From Trump to #MeToo, publishing made headlines in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Michelle Obama had readers longing for the previous administration and a political thriller by former President Bill Clinton had some taking a closer look at a White House scandal from the 1990s. Meanwhile, some of the country's top writers were called out for sexual harassment and a Dystopian novel written in the 1980s seemed ever more timely.
APNewsBreak: Obama’s book sells 1.4 million copies in a week
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama's "Becoming" has become a massive hit.
Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady's memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13.
Oklahoma AG says ex-publisher’s victims can get music files
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says a website has been set up for artists duped by a defunct publisher to retrieve their digital book and music files.
Hunter said Tuesday his office has sent a letter to more than 1,100 victims of Mustang-based Tate Publishing, which closed last year. Hunter says it provides step-by-step instructions for downloading documents.
#MeToo brings change, debate to literary magazines
NEW YORK (AP) — For literary magazines over the past year, much of the news has been in the masthead.
‘Lady Chatterley’ copy from famous trial sells for $72,000
LONDON (AP) — A paperback copy of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" used by the judge in the landmark U.K. obscenity trial of the novel's publisher has sold at auction for 56,250 pounds ($72,000), more than three times its pre-sale estimate.
The tattered Penguin paperback — along with a damask bag designed to stop photographers snapping the judge carrying the scandalous tome — sold to an anonymous bidder at Sotheby's in London on Tuesday.
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Egypt releases author, publisher held over book on economy
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has released an economist and his publisher more than a week after their arrest over a book that challenged President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's economic policies.
Abdel-Khaleq Farouq said Tuesday that a court ordered him and the publisher, Ibrahim el-Khateib, to be released pending an investigation into accusations of publishing "fake news."
Serbian govt criticized for publishing war criminals’ books
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A rights group on Saturday sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books that include the war memories of two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in an open letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic that the move amounted to open state support for the war criminals sentenced by the Yugoslav tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
’Legend” author Marie Lu has multimillion dollar book deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Author Marie Lu is continuing the story of her million-selling "Legend" series.
Publisher of ’Fire and Fury, Stephen Rubin, names successor
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Rubin, the publisher of such blockbusters as "Fire and Fury" and "The Da Vinci Code," has made plans for a successor.
The Oklahoman has been sold to GateHouse Media
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoman is being sold to GateHouse Media.
Publisher Chris Reen announced the sale to staff Thursday. Terms have not been disclosed. The sale is expected to close Monday.
Reen says some layoffs would happen Thursday to help stabilize financial operations for Oklahoma City's only daily newspaper. Reen says he will be leaving his position as publisher.
The Anschutz Corp., owned by Denver businessman Philip Anschutz, bought The Oklahoman in 2011.
Layoffs announced at The Day newspaper in New London
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The publisher of The Day of New London says it is laying off some employees due to a decline in revenue and sharp increases in the cost of newsprint.
The Day Publishing Co. this week announced nine layoffs including four in The Day's newsroom and others at the paper's advertising department, its string of weeklies and a New London-based marketing agency.
Copy of ‘Lady Chatterley’ used at obscenity trial for sale
LONDON (AP) — A paperback copy of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" used by the judge in the U.K. obscenity trial of the novel's publisher is expected to sell at auction for up to 15,000 pounds ($20,000), auctioneer Sotheby's said Wednesday.
Penguin Books was prosecuted in 1960 for publishing D.H. Lawrence's book about an affair between a wealthy woman and her husband's gamekeeper, a landmark in the frank literary depiction of sexuality.
Billings Gazette, Missoulian publisher Gulledge resigning
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Mike Gulledge, publisher of The Billings Gazette and the Missoulian, is resigning from those positions and as vice president of publishing for Lee Enterprises.
Gulledge, who is 58, said Monday he decided to step back and slow down over health concerns. His last day with Lee is Sunday.
Longtime publisher of Arizona Daily Sun to retire
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The longtime publisher of the Arizona Daily Sun is retiring, marking the second major shift in leadership at the newspaper since July.
Don Rowley led the Flagstaff paper for 23 years, overseeing changes that included the addition of a Saturday newspaper in 1992 and a move to the west side of town in 1995. The paper later went back to publishing six days a week by cutting the Monday edition.
Publishing company sells assets, including Observer-Reporter
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A family-owned media company that has operated for 116 years in western Pennsylvania has been sold.
The Observer Publishing Company, in Washington, Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday it will sell its assets to Wheeling, West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers.
The company publishes the daily Observer-Reporter newspaper, the weekly Almanac newspaper and numerous monthly and special interest magazines.
Novel by slain Capital Gazette journalist will be released
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — One of the five employees slain in the June shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland will have his novel published.
Surprise: Publisher to celebrate Salinger centennial
NEW YORK (AP) — With J.D. Salinger's centennial coming next year, the big news so far is that his publisher is planning to celebrate it.
Little, Brown and Company announced Tuesday that new editions of "The Catcher in the Rye" and his three other works of fiction — "Franny and Zooey," ''Nine Stories" and "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction" — would be released in November. Nationwide events will be announced later this year, Little, Brown said.
Idaho AG reaches settlement with Idaho Falls publisher
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced his office has reached a settlement with an Idaho Falls-based magazine publisher.
According to Wasden's office on Friday, Gary and Sharon Mueller — owners of the Idaho Life LLC — will pay roughly $8,400 in refunds to small businesses that did not receive the ads they purchased.
Hoosier Times group cuts 17 jobs in south central Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The publisher of the Hoosier Times newspaper group says it will eliminate 17 jobs at four publications in south-central Indiana.
Publisher Cory Bollinger says lower revenues and sharply higher newsprint costs prompted the cuts. Bollinger is also president of publishing for Mishawaka-based Schurz Communications Inc.
Record-Journal Publishing sells Rhode Island newspaper
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The Record-Journal Publishing Co. has agreed to sell The Westerly Sun to a publishing group that owns newspapers in Rhode Island.
New book inspired by rap song ‘The Deep’
NEW YORK (AP) — A book coming out next June is going "Deep."
Saga Press announced Monday that it is publishing a book inspired by a rap song by Clipping, the experimental featuring Grammy winner and "Hamilton" actor Daveed Diggs. "The Deep" is written by Rivers Solomon and tells of an underwater society inhabited by descendants of African slave women.
Idaho Press buys alternative newspaper Boise Weekly
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Press newspaper and its parent company Adams Publishing Group has purchased the Boise Weekly alternative newspaper.
Idaho Press announced the deal Thursday, with publisher Matt Davison calling the weekly "perfect complementary content" for readers in southwestern Idaho.
SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer's publisher says a book signing at a Massachusetts warehouse store has been canceled "due to the political climate."
Regnery Publishing said in a statement that the BJ's Wholesale Club in Seekonk canceled Spicer's book signing that was scheduled for Saturday to mark the release of "The Briefing," which came out Tuesday.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The owner of four northern Nevada-area newspapers says it's reducing the number of days it prints the newspapers each week.
The Nevada Appeal in Carson City reports owner Sierra Nevada Media Group is cutting the paper's publishing schedule from six days a week to just Wednesdays and Saturdays.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company has hired Lee Enterprises to manage the mostly smaller newspapers it has acquired since 2011 in 30 different markets.
Lee said Tuesday it expects to collect $50 million in fees from the five-year agreement that should help BH Media Group's newspapers reduce costs.
Wave of pro-Trump books coming in summer and fall
NEW YORK (AP) — In a year dominated by such anti-Trump best-sellers as "Fire and Fury" and "A Higher Loyalty," a conservative counter-wave is growing.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Voters in about a dozen North Dakota school districts have overwhelmingly approved publishing local school board minutes in newspapers, while lawmakers consider a bill draft allowing counties to move their minutes online.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A popular Maine magazine publishing company whose former owner was accused of sexual harassment has been sold.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A publishing company in Mississippi has named a new top executive.
William H. Bronson III begins work June 25 as CEO and publisher of Journal Inc. and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal . He succeeds Clay Foster, who left the job in recent weeks.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Chicago-based media company Tronc Inc. said Tuesday that it has acquired all of The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies, which publishes Virginia's largest daily newspaper, for $34 million in cash.
The purchase by the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing reflects the growing trend of media corporations buying family owned newspapers. Many have struggled as costs of adapting to a changing media environment have risen and advertising revenue has declined.
NEW YORK (AP) — This week's BookExpo and BookCon will be a showcase for diversity and for combinations and alliances new and old.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities in central Oklahoma are selling five properties associated with a defunct publishing company and its executives accused of embezzlement.
The Journal Record reports that the properties in Mustang and Yukon have a total appraised value of about $1.2 million. Minimum bids at the June 11 auction begin at two-thirds the appraisals.
Publisher Peter Mayer dies at age 82
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Mayer, a leading mainstream and independent publisher of the past half century who acquired such million-selling books as "Up the Down Staircase" and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and was known for his innovative and volatile style, died Friday at age 82.
Mayer's daughter, Liese Mayer, told The Associated Press that he died at his Manhattan home of complications related to amyloidosis.
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The owner of The Pueblo Chieftain has agreed to sell the southern Colorado newspaper.
The Star-Journal Publishing Corp. announced Tuesday that the sale to GateHouse Media is expected to conclude within about a month. Terms were not released.
GateHouse publishes more than 560 community newspapers, including 124 dailies, along with more than 485 affiliated websites. Its publications can be found in 38 states.
No one would have thought that what started in 1998 as a small group of aspiring young Latino writers, chatting away with big ideas at the Chapultepec Lupita Mexican restaurant in Houston, would eventually become a movement that had gained national recognition.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas newspaper owner is buying four other regional papers.
The Manhattan Mercury says Seaton Publishing Company of Manhattan has signed a contract to buy the Junction City Daily Union. The purchase will be effective May 1.