Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Roundup with PW

Coffee House Founding Publisher Allan Kornblum Dies
Coffee House Press founding publisher Allan Kornblum died at his home in St. Paul, Minn., on Sunday morning of complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Kornblum, a leader of the small press movement that emerged from the 1960s passions for social change, built Coffee House Press up to be one of the country's leading literary nonprofits. more »

The Rise of the Seven-Figure Advance
Seven-figure book deals are nothing new in corporate publishing. But lately, these deals seem to be happening more frequently. Insiders tell PW that steeper competition for fewer sought-after projects has inflated advances for those at the very top end of the spectrum. more »

Judge Approves Apple Settlement, But Case is Far From Over
Judge Denise Cote granted final approval from the bench to a deal that would settle money damages arising from Apple’s e-book price-fixing case. But consumers shouldn’t be counting their money just yet. Under terms of the deal, Apple will pay consumers only if the liability finding survives the appeal process, which could go all the way to the Supreme Court. more »

HarperCollins to Provide Content for JetBlue
HarperCollins Publishers has signed on as the exclusive book content partner for JetBlue's new inflight wi-fi program, Fly-Fi, which provides content to airline passengers. more » »
Last Gasp: Crowdfunding the Counter Culture
The San Francisco-based publisher and distributor of comics and art books, recently found itself in a precarious financial situation. Instead of shutting down, it followed in the footsteps of other indie publishers and launched a Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $83,000. more » »

PW Picks: Books of the Week, November 24, 2014
This week: the final recollections of Charles Dickens, an eye-opening portrait of the South, and a punk rock memoir. more » »

Authors Sign Up to Raise B&N Sales: In an effort to increase holiday sales, which have fallen for the last two seasons, Barnes & Noble is hoping to lure customers into stores this Black Friday with something book lovers cannot download: signed copies.

'On the Road' Letter Up for Auction: Written by Jack Kerouac's friend and muse Neal Cassady, the Joan Anderson Letter, the inspiration for 'On the Road,' was believed lost after the poet Allen Ginsberg tried to get it published in 1968.

How Paperbacks Helped the U.S. Win WWII: A decade after the Nazis’ 1933 book burnings, the U.S. War Department and the publishing industry did the opposite, printing 120 million miniature, lightweight paperbacks for U.S. troops to carry in their pockets across Europe, North Africa and the Pacific.

'Mockingjay' Sets 2014 Box Office Record: The latest installment of the The Hunger Games drew the year’s biggest opening weekend, with an estimated $123 million in ticket sales.

Nightclubs for Literature? : The Eslite store in central Taipei is open 24 hours, and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime operations.

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