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June 06, 2015

The last reporter in town had one big question for his rich boss

The economic paralysis caused by the pandemic has clobbered a newspaper industry already on the mat. With revenues plummeting, substantial layoffs, furloughs and pay reductions have followed in newsrooms across the country. Meanwhile, the hedge funds and private equity firms that own many...

Print units post surprising increase in first half of 2020

In what is perhaps the biggest surprise in publishing since the Covid-19 pandemic sent the U.S. economy into turmoil this spring, print unit sales saw a 2.8% increase in the first half of 2020, over the comparable period in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The number of copies sold was...

Booklover diversifies Little Free Libraries with BIPOC books

Sarah Kamya, a New York City public school counselor, says that Black books matter —and to amplify her message, last month she launched the Little Free Diverse Library Project. This initiative builds upon the Little Free Library nonprofit organization's mission since 2009 of encouraging people...

Artists and writers warn of an "intolerant climate." Reaction is swift

The killing of George Floyd has brought an intense moment of racial reckoning in the United States. As protests spread across the country, they have been accompanied by open letters calling for — and promising — change at white-dominated institutions across the arts and academia. But on Tuesday, a...

The backlash against the Harry Potter creator is a growing pain of her fandom

In an opinion piece for The Atlantic, Helen Lewis examines the backlash against J. K. Rowling, including two fan sites distancing themselves, after Rowling argued last month that "woman" should remain a biological category: ... The difficulty of adulting also includes the acknowledgment...

Humble Bundle rises to new challenges

Humble Bundle's mission is to support charity while providing awesome content to customers at great prices. Under the Humble Bundle model, consumers can pay what they wish for DRM-free digital content, with some of the proceeds going to nonprofits. In partnership with the Book Industry...

Melania Trump's former aide to release 'explosive' memoir

A former senior aide to Melania Trump who helped oversee Donald Trump's inauguration has written an "explosive" memoir detailing her 15-year friendship with the first lady, according to reports. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was appointed as an unpaid adviser to the first lady shortly...

Publisher moves up release of book by Trump niece

The publisher of a tell-all book written by President Donald Trump's niece Mary is planning to rush the book out next Tuesday despite ongoing litigation aimed at bottling up the insider account of life in the Trump family. Simon & Schuster announced Monday that "due to high demand and...

Prime Minister pledges £1.5bn lifeline to keep UK's arts sector afloat

Britain's beleaguered arts and heritage sectors have been promised £1.57bn (approx US$2bn) of help in a long-awaited rescue package described by the government as the biggest one-off investment in UK culture. After weeks of desperate warnings that the UK was facing an irreversible cultural...

Mary Trump questions validity of the nondisclosure agreement she signed, saying it was based on fraud

Mary L. Trump, whose pending tell-all memoir about her uncle President Trump has incited a court fight on the eve of publication, spoke out for the first time publicly about the battle, saying that her book has "deep national relevance" and that the legal contract the family has sought to...

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