| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Despite perceptions that the publishing business is troubled, or even facing the same tumult of the music business, the CEO of HarperCollins said that the growth in digital book sales were improving margins and even royalty rates for authors, and even...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:00 AM
You may not be able to afford a dinner at the French Laundry -- heck, you might not even be able to get a reservation -- but that doesn’t mean you can’t share a little bit of that clothes-pinned magic. Thomas Keller and his staff have put...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:50 AM
It is not hard to know what American publisher, bookseller and editor Frederic Melcher had in mind when he proposed the creation of an annual award for the year's best children's book: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:00 AM
In the dark economic times of 2009, Dan Whitmore decided to give up being a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles to sell antiquarian books. "People in the firm thought I was nuts," he says.
Now he runs Whitmore Rare Books from his home in Altadena. At 33, he'...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Amazon is good for online shoppers, but is it good for books?
That's what George Packer asks in this week's New Yorker, in a long article that looks at the online retailer as disruptor.
Amazon can be difficult to write about -- the company would not...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday morning: 50 books in 10 categories are in the running to win the L.A. Times Book Prizes, to be awarded in April. Two authors will receive special recognition: John Green...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 1:27 PM
It's not hard to find an author at a bookstore: Just go during the early evening and look for the person squinting under the bright lights, reading to a small crowd of people seated in folding chairs. But on Small Business Saturday, the roles will be...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:12 PM
The editors of the British website the Kernel bought a copy of the e-book "Naughty Daughter Abducted ... (taboo daddy daughter erotica)" on Amazon, and did not like what they saw.
"The book is a sick rape fantasy with language and details too graphic...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:49 PM
The naughty writers have struck back.
Yesterday, Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg reported on Amazon, Kobo and other e-book retailers' cracking down on self-published erotica on their websites, attempting to remove titles of works that depict incest,...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 9:24 AM
For the past few years, Atomic Books owner Benn Ray envisioned one day transforming the back area of his Hampden bookstore from a record store into a cafe. And instead of serving coffee, the bar would sell beer and wine.
“I like the idea of being...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Amazon on Tuesday announced a program, called Amazon Source, making its Kindle e-readers, tablets and accessories available for independent bookstores to sell to their customers. The bookstores can purchase the devices at a discount and then, in some...