Can Publishers Cash In on Video Gamers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

The game L.A. Noire has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. If Mulholland Books gets even a fraction of that audience to buy its companion book of fiction, it will surely cash in. By Edward Nawotka The video game industry is a behemoth. In financial terms, it represents some $10.9 billion in revenue in the US, according to the latest statistics …

LA Meets NYC: Mulholland Books Marries Hollywood, Video Games and Fiction

In English Language by David Duhr

Little, Brown’s new imprint is delivering page-turners with Hollywood pedigree and has signed unique partnerships with film producers and video game companies. By David Duhr NEW YORK: Albert Brooks in The Muse compared being a screenwriter in Hollywood to being a eunuch at an orgy: “except that the eunuch can at least watch,” Brooks’ character says, “while the screenwriter is …

International Bestseller Coming Soon: Official Steve Jobs Biography Announced

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson On Sunday, Simon & Schuster in the US and Little, Brown in the UK simultaneously announced the forthcoming publication of iSteve: The Book of Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The book is scheduled for publication in early 2012. Isaacson, the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography …

By Turning Authors into Speakers, Publishers Profit, Even in Recession

In Feature Articles by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt NEW YORK: US publishers’ in-house speakers bureaus, essentially nonexistent just five years ago, are turning out to be surprisingly recession-resilient — one of the few upbeat notes in this overall gloomy time for the book industry. Publishers are splitting appearance fees of between $5,000 and $20,000 (sometimes more) with their authors, representing a welcome source of found …

Pre-BEA: Defying Cynicism, Insiders Expect Biz as Usual

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Today’s reports about the demise of book publishing are no different than the same things that have been said throughout the history of the printed word,” said Geoffrey Kloske [at left], VP and publisher of Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, speaking on the eve of Book Expo America. “And yet good books still get published, …