Book sales

Founders Taking Their Firms Private: A New Wall Street Trend?

Barnes & Noble's Leonard Riggio, Dell's Michael Dell and Best Buy's Richard Schulze each want to save the troubled companies they founded from the pains of publicly traded life. But is this trend powered by sound thinking, or wishful thinking?

Fifty Shades of Stimulus: How Smut Is Heating Up the Economy

When politicians talk about "job creators," they usually mean big industries and prominent industrialists. But the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon has shown that job creation -- and stimulus -- can come from some very odd quarters, and impact the economy in unusual places.

B&N Buyout Bid Is a Bet Against Amazon, Apple

Liberty Media, the conglomerate controlled by John Malone, made a $1 billion bid Thursday to buy Barnes & Noble. The bricks-and-mortar bookstore business is declining everywhere, so for Malone's gamble is to pay off, the Nook will have to gain some ground against Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle.

Foreign Rights: How Authors Tap a Rich Vein of Royalties

Many writers are discovering the wonders (and extensive rewards) of self-publishing, but there are still places where professional representation can be be well worth the trouble. The confusing but often lucrative world of international sales is an example.

The (Paltry) Economics of Being a Novelist

Veteran novelist Catherine Ryan Hyde (Pay It Forward and 15 other books) describes the monetary underpinnings of the novelist's business. Did you know that authors generally get just two royalty checks a year? That is, if there are any royalties at all.

Burkle Says He's Not After Control of B&N

Investor Ron Burkle, who's embroiled in a proxy fight at Barnes & Noble, says he doesn't want control of the bookseller. His Yucaipa Companies owns 18.8% of the company and claims in a letter that he wants Chairman Leonard Riggio's hold on Barnes & Noble broken.

Is Author Rick Riordan the Next J.K. Rowling?

Is Rick Riordan the next J.K. Rowling? Millions of fans of his 'Percy Jackson' series would answer that question with a resounding yes, but it will take Hollywood's blessing to vault him into that hallowed territory.

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