• ZURICH, Dec 15- Outraged reporters at Switzerland's oldest newspaper appeared on Monday to have foiled an attempt to install an editor with links to a leading right-wing party in a tussle that reflects a wider battle over the direction of Swiss politics. Reporters learned at the weekend that Markus Somm, editor at the rival Basler Zeitung and author of a...

  • Judy Blume book for adults to be released in June Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Judy Blume is returning to the grown-up section. The author's first adult novel since 1998 is coming out in June. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Monday that the novel "In the Unlikely Event" will be set in the early 1950 s in Blume's native New Jersey and will tell of a series of mysterious plane crashes.

  • Novel by Nobel laureate Modiano set for US in 2015 Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 8:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A recent work of fiction by Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano will be published in the U.S. late next year. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Sunday that it has acquired "So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood". The publisher calls it a "haunting novel of suspense" set, like much of Modiano's work, in Paris.

  • Newspaper: Petrobras told of corruption in 2009 Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:11 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— Brazil's state-run oil company was warned five years ago of the kickback scheme that has plunged Petrobras into one of the country's worst corruption scandals, a newspaper reported Friday. The paper, Valor Economico, said it obtained documents showing that in 2009, former Petrobras executive Venina Velosa da Fonseca warned chief executive Maria...

  • NYC book publisher to close upstate warehouse Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    KIRKWOOD, N.Y.— Penguin Random House says it plans to lay off nearly 300 workers at its warehouse and distribution center in upstate New York. The Press& Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports the Manhattan- based global trade book publisher notified the state Department of Labor that 286 employees will be laid off at the company's facility in Kirkwood, near the...

  • Publisher hopes to sell books through Twitter Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A leading book publisher is hoping that Twitter will not only help promote books, but sell them directly. Hachette Book Group announced Monday that it has teamed with the e-commerce platform Gumroad. The books include Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking," former astronaut Chris Hadfield's "You are Here" and " The Onion Magazine: The Iconic Covers That...

  • BAGHDAD, Dec 6- A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported. It quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying the strikes were not coordinated with the United States, which is also...

  • New Republic editors quit as CEO aims to disrupt Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 3:54 PM ET
    Franklin Foer, right, the literary editor of The New Republic, with Chris Hughes, the magazine’s owner, in New York.

    New Republic editors Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier abruptly resigned in the face of a disagreement over the magazine's direction, NYT reports.

  • Authors to court: Google should pay for scans Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    Google's effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court.

  • Promote thyself the new social way  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    Discussing the art of self-promotion in a high tech world, with Guy Kawasaki, "The Art of Social Media" author.

  • Kirk Douglas' obit published by mistake Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 7:57 AM ET
    Actor Kirk Douglas.

    Veteran actor Kirk Douglas is not dead, contrary to what an obituary that appeared on People magazine's website might have you believe.

  • Children's books 'good for the soul': CEO  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 AM ET

    Richard Johnson, Bonnier Publishing CEO, discusses the future of the children's book industry.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 24- Russia may suggest cutting its oil production by around 15 million tonnes a year and expects OPEC to limit its output as well, Kommersant daily newspaper said, citing sources. Before OPEC meets later this week in Vienna, Russia has spoken to members Venezuela and Saudi Arabia about the need to support the oil market and hopes to press its message on...

  • BRASILIA, Nov 21- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will name banker Joaquim Levy as her new finance minister, three leading newspapers reported on Friday, signaling a shift toward more market-friendly policies that could breathe life into a stagnant economy. Levy, head of the asset management arm of Brazil's second largest private bank Bradesco SA and a...

  • Amazon, Hachette finally reach deal  Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    Andrew Albanese, Publisher's Weekly, discusses the pact signed between Amazon and Hachette for print and digital book.

  • KIEV, Nov 14- Ukraine plans to buy up to 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia by the end of the year and up to 1 bcm in 2015, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said in an interview with newspaper Novoye Vremya.


  • NEW YORK, Nov 13- Condé Nast agreed on Thursday to pay $5.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of former interns at the publisher who said they were underpaid for work at the company's high-end magazines. The settlement agreement, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, covers around 7,500 interns at Condé Nast magazines like Vogue...

  • Nov 13- Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday they reached a multi-year agreement for e-book and print book sales after months of fighting that pitted authors, agents and publishers against the world's largest online retail store. Amazon, which pulled several of Hachette's books from its inventory, will immediately resume selling all of...

  • Hachette and Amazon reach agreement for eBook sales Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    Nov 13- Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday they reached a multi-year agreement for eBook and print book sales after months of acrimonious fighting pitting authors, agents and publishers against the world's largest online retail store. Amazon, which earlier pulled several of Hachette's books from its inventory, will immediately resume...