publishing industry

Bidding for Authors: When Books Sell at Auction

To those outside the publishing industry, the deals that get covered in the press might give the impression that book auctions are as rare as solar eclipses. In fact, they happen with remarkable regularity. But that doesn't mean they're any less nerve-wracking for authors.

The Art and Economics of Ghostwriting

In today's spooky economy, more writers are turning to ghostwriting to help make ends meet. But before picking up that pen, here are a few things you should know.

Publishing Puzzle: Chelsea Handler Gets an Imprint

When a book publisher wants to reward an editor's ability to bring in the bestseller bacon -- or sweeten a job offer -- the solution is often a new imprint, ideally one with their name on it. Which explains nothing about why Hachette just gave one to comedy show host Chelsea Handler.

News Corp. Buries HarperCollins' Earnings

Why did News Corp bury the earnings results of its book publishing unit HarperCollins? Does the media giant view the publisher as merely an afterthought -- or could Rupert Murdoch be contemplating a sale?

'Penthouse' Founder Bob Guccione Dies at 79

Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse magazine, died Wednesday at the age of 79. Guccione died at Plano Specialty Hospital after a long battle with cancer, The Associated Press said.