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Some Capitol rioters try to profit from their Jan. 6 crimes

Aug. 14, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

Facing prison time and dire personal consequences for storming the U.S. Capitol, some Jan. 6 defendants are trying to profit from their participation in the deadly riot, using it as a platform to drum up cash, promote business endeavors and boost social media profiles. A Nevada man...

Antitrust trial puts book publishing industry in the dock

Aug. 06, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department's effort to block the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster isn't just a showcase for the Biden administration's tougher approach to corporate consolidation, it's a rare moment for the publishing industry itself to be placed in the dock. ...

CEO of publishing giant defends deal challenged by US gov't

Aug. 04, 2022 19:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of publishing titan Penguin Random House on Thursday defended his company’s deal to acquire rival Simon & Schuster against the government’s claim it would thwart competition. But he acknowledged that the merger would buttress his company’s position as the...

Stephen King testifies for government in books merger trial

Aug. 02, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen King didn't break any legal ground on the stand Tuesday as he testified against his own publisher's efforts to merge with Penguin Random House. But he did know how to please a crowd and even get the judge to thank him for his time. “It was a real...

US begins court battle against publishing giants' merger

Aug. 01, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House exchanged opening salvos in a federal antitrust trial Monday as the U.S. seeks to block the biggest U.S. book publisher from absorbing rival Simon & Schuster. The case comes as a key test of the Biden...

EXPLAINER: Bid to block book merger sets competition fight

Jul. 30, 2022 23:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time of mega-mergers and flashy high-tech corporate hookups, the biggest U.S. book publisher’s plan to buy the fourth-largest for a mere $2.2 billion may seem somewhat quaint. But the deal represents such a key test for the Biden administration's antitrust policy that the...

Hong Kong book fair kicks off with fewer political books

Jul. 20, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s annual book fair kicked off Wednesday, with several publishers of political books prevented from taking part in the fair and others saying they had to be cautious about what they exhibited. The fair’s main organizer, the Hong Kong Trade Development...

Simon & Schuster publisher steps down to work on book

Jul. 19, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Simon & Schuster's flagship imprint, Dana Canedy, is stepping down to concentrate on a sequel to a book Denzel Washington adapted last year for a film of the same name, “A Journal for Jordan.” Canedy, a former New York Times editor and...

Crooked Media partners with publisher Zando for book imprint

Jun. 14, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading progressive media company, founded by three former members of the Obama administration, has formed a book imprint with the independent publisher Zando. On Tuesday, Zando announced that it would partner with Crooked Media, founded in 2017 by Jon Favreau,...

Judge in Maryland strikes down library e-book law

Jun. 13, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a legal case closely watched by libraries and the publishing industry, a federal judge in Maryland struck down a state law requiring publishers to make e-books available on “reasonable terms" to libraries if they were also being offered to the general public. ...