Is Amazon’s New Tablet the iPad’s First True Challenge?
August 5, 2011

While Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) grab most of the headlines these days, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) lingers like a sleeping giant. But not for long. What Amazon has planned could challenge both tech giants in one fell swoop.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Amazon will release a tablet PC by October. As more details emerge, we get a clearer picture of what Amazon will offer.

… There are even rumors surfacing … that Apple may be considering acquiring Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Publisher of ‘Three Cups of Tea’ to Conduct Review
April 20, 2011

Viking, the publisher of "Three Cups of Tea," said in a statement on Monday that it would review the book and its contents with the author, Greg Mortenson, after a CBS News report that called into question the accuracy of part of the book.

Simon & Schuster Publishes Its First Enhanced E-book
July 30, 2010

Simon & Schuster Digital and Scribner have partnered with CBS News to publish Simon & Schuster's first enhaced e-book, "Nixonland" by Rick Perlstein. The e-book includes 27 historic video segments along with the original book text—ranging from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon televised debates to Nixon's re-election speech in the midst of Watergate. It retails for $15.99 in the Apple iBookstore and on the Amazon Kindle app for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

50 Top Women in Book Publishing
May 1, 2009

From multimillion-dollar acquisitions to multimillion-dollar best-sellers, powerful women stand at every pivotal, decision-making point in the book publishing process. Book Business’ first annual “50 Top Women in Book Publishing” feature recognizes and honors some of these industry leaders who affect and transform how publishing companies do business, and what—and how—consumers read.

Launch Pad: Crashing a Marketing Campaign
May 1, 2008

Who is God? What is worth fighting or dying for? Can different religions coexist? These were just a few of the questions that French filmmakers Jules and Gédéon Naudet set out to answer in meeting with some of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders for their television documentary “In God’s Name,” which aired on CBS in December 2007. The Naudets garnered worldwide recognition in 2002 for their documentary “9/11”—recipient of that year’s Emmy for Best Documentary and a result of their own experiences in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001. In the several years that followed Sept. 11., the Naudets began to question

Increased Revenue for Simon & Schuster
August 3, 2007

CBS Corp., the parent company of Simon & Schuster, has released the publisher’s second-quarter revenue results, for the quarter ending on June 30. Revenue for Simon & Schuster increased 14 percent to $200.3 million compared to $176 million in the second quarter of 2006. The report cited that the growth was a result of higher sales from several best-selling titles, including “Blaze” by Stephen King, written under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, and “The Secret” by Rhonda Bryne. This brings the publisher’s 2007 revenue total to $429.6 million thus far, a 20-percent increase compared to $357.1 million in 2006. The company also

Viacom Split Complete
February 1, 2006

Viacom Inc. rang in the New Year with the announcement that it officially completed its division into two publicly traded entities—CBS Corp. and “New” Viacom Inc.—plans for which the company had announced in June 2005. Simon & Schuster, the company’s publishing arm and an international publisher of books and multimedia products that publishes some 2,000 titles annually, is now a property of CBS Corp., along with CBS Television Network, UPN, Infinity Broadcasting, Viacom Outdoor, Viacom Television Stations Group, Paramount Television, King World, Showtime and Paramount Parks. New Viacom will own MTV Networks (which includes Nickelodeon, VH1, Country Music Television and TV Land, among others),

Ingram and O'Reilly Media Sign Publisher Services Agreement
March 16, 2005

LA VERGNE, Tenn. - Ingram Publisher Services Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Book Group Inc. that specializes in providing distribution services to publishers, and O'Reilly Media Inc., an independent publisher of computer books, today announced they have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement to begin September 2005. Under the new agreement Ingram will be the exclusive distributor of O'Reilly books, handling retail customer service, order-entry and fulfillment. "Our partnership with Ingram allows us to give our current customers better, faster service," said Laura Baldwin, O'Reilly's CFO/COO. "Plus, they offer the services we need to expand our international business, as well as grow our account base in

Scholastic to Prune Computer Systems
January 1, 2003

The world's largest children's book publisher has decided to slice the fat out of its computer systems. Leading the charge is Reg Maton, who signed on as senior VP and CIO of Scholastic Inc. in December. Topping Maton's agenda: a complete evaluation of Scholastic's information systems, to look for overlaps. Redundant systems will be eliminated, allowing Scholastic to trim expenses and boost productivity. "They're looking to use technology to enable the business to reduce costs, [and to] consolidate certain processes, where you get productivity improvement by going to common processes," Maton says. "There's opportunity to eliminate redundancy, to consolidate, to rationalize where we