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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to Write His Memoirs

As the embattled 39-year-old Australian hacker's lawyers fight his extradition to Sweden, he'll be working on a memoir. The book will be published in the U.S. by Knopf, a division of Random House, and in the U.K. by Canongate. Admirers -- and detractors -- can't wait.

Jay-Z's Book Blitz: Marketing Most Unlike the Industry's Standard

When a celebrity publishes a book, a big marketing push is to be expected, but the campaign for rap mogul Jay-Z's new book of lyrics is unprecedented. Thanks to backing from Clear Channel and Microsoft's Bing, New Yorkers will find pages of "Decoded" practically everywhere.

Tony Blair Stirs Big Sales -- and Big Controversy

Despite -- or probably partly because of -- a considerable public outcry, Tony Blair's memoir is doing brisk business on both sides of the Atlantic. Will George W. Bush find similar success later this fall?

Random House, Hachette Cash In on Bestsellers

Two of the largest publishing houses -- Random House and Hachette -- have demonstrated again that when authors like Stephenie Meyer or Stieg Larsson become big phenomenons, big sales -- and big profits -- are the result. But when a phenomenon starts to wane, red ink can start creeping into the black.

Random House's E-Book Deal With Wylie Leaves Much Unanswered

Random House and top literary agent Andrew Wylie have settled their fight over his plans to publish e-books of older works from big name authors he represents. But while the battle is over, the settlement announcement raises more questions than it answers about the future of e-publishing.

Random House Makes a Big Bet on Janet Evanovich

For Janet Evanovich, author of the No.1 bestselling series featuring the romantically challenged bounty hunter and Jersey girl Stephanie Plum, this has been a summer of doing away with the old and in with the new. Out is her longtime publisher St. Martin's Press, with whom she has worked since the late-1990s. In is the Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint of Random House.

Will E-Books Send Hardcover Prices Soaring?

Alberto Vitale, former CEO of Random House, believes the prices of hardcover books could climb by at least a third in the next five years while prices for e-books could decline.

Random House Reports Flat 2009 Earnings

Media company Bertelsmann's overall year-end earnings report cited a "difficult economic environment" for plunging earnings and profits, but giant publishing division Random House sent out its own annual missive full of surprising optimism, thanks to triple-digit increases in e-book sales.

Publishers Look Beyond Books for New Revenue

Book publishers are keeping tabs on FarmVille, ChatRoulette, Facebook, and video-game companies, turning their sights onto the rapidly changing environment in digital distribution and social networking to keep their industry relevant -- and alive.

Amazon Loses First Battle in E-Book War

Macmillan, one of publishing's Big Six, has become the first company to fight Amazon's pricing of e-books. Amazon lost this battle, but it's going to be a long and costly war, with the other five publishers and with Apple, which unveiled its Kindle rival iPad last week.

Why Apple's iPad Won't Rescue Big Publishing

There's plenty for the publishing industry to like about the iPad. It's the first Apple device with a dedicated e-bookstore, and titles seem priced from $7.99 to $14.99. But of the six big publishers, only five have signed up with Apple. The biggest, Random House, is still gun-shy.

Publishers Weigh When to Release E-Books

When should an e-book be published? Before the physical copy gets published, or months later, or at the same time? Next year, publishers will increasingly weigh tradition against the tide of consumers who want to read their e-books when they want them, and on any device they choose.

Publishing in the Year Ahead: Recovery and Optimism

One annual end of season rite is upon the publishing industry: when chief executives take stock of the year that was and look ahead to the one to come. In year-end letters to employees, interviews to newspapers, or interviews with DailyFinance, publishing CEOs exhibited a mix of grim acceptance and cautious optimism that 2010 will be a better year than this one.

Walmart to Amazon: You're going down!

The ongoing battle for internet bookselling heated up on Thursday. Walmart (WMT) CEO Raul Vasquez is trash-talking Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos...