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Simon & Schuster results show good performance as Amazon talks
August 12, 2014 | 4:25 pm

simon & schusterCBS Corporation, parent company of Simon & Schuster, has just released its second quarter 2014 financial results, with performance numbers for the publishing group that is reportedly in talks with Amazon. "Publishing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $211 million from $189 million for the same prior-year period, driven by higher print book sales,"said the earnings release. (Doncha love these little old mom'n'pop operations in the quaint and folksy world of publishing?) "Digital books continue to represent a significant portion of sales, with 25% of total Publishing revenues coming from digital sales during the second quarter of 2014." In addition,...

James Patterson endows independent bookstores: Not many dead
September 17, 2013 | 4:04 pm

Connoisseurs of James Patterson's grandstanding on behalf of the traditional book trade won't be surprised to see this latest stunt. Patterson has now pledged to give $1 million of his own money to support independent bookstores in 2014. He appeared on CBS to announce the fact, in a segment subtitled "Man on a Mission," ostensibly focused on saving lives - by encouraging kids to read - and saving bookshops. Hailed in the Los Angeles Times as "the perennial bestseller and author of the Alex Cross novels," Patterson has been here before - spending his own dough to defend a publishing and...

Does Apple Own the Digital Page Turn or Doesn’t It?
November 20, 2012 | 7:05 pm

By Brian Howard | for Book Business On Friday afternoon, The New York Times' Nick Bilton posted an item on the paper's Bits blog entitled "Apple Now Owns The Page Turn," citing U.S. Patent D670,713. Incredulous, Bilton wrote: This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application. Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner...