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Woodward Book Breaks Simon & Schuster Record

CNBC reports: Bob Woodward’s Trump administration tell-all “Fear: Trump in the White House” had the highest first-week sales of any book in Simon & Schuster’s 94-year history, the publisher said on Tuesday. “Fear” sold 1.1 million copies in its first week in print, e-book and audio formats. The book also broke records for pre-orders and first-day sales at Simon & ...

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Salesforce CEO Buys Time Magazine For $190 Million

The Guardian reports: Time Magazine is being sold by Meredith to Marc Benioff, a co-founder of Salesforce, and his wife, it was announced on Sunday. Meredith announced that it was selling Time for $190m in cash to Benioff, one of four co-founders of Salesforce, a cloud computing pioneer. The Benioffs are purchasing Time personally, and the transaction is unrelated to ...

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Subject Of Fake “I Died And Went To Heaven” Book Sues Christian Publisher For Royalties And Defamation

Courthouse News reports: A quadriplegic man who emerged from a coma in 2004 claims Christian publisher Tyndale House published a fake near-death story about him going to heaven, which was concocted by his father after they survived a severe car accident. Alex Malarkey, 19, claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Dupage County, Ill., that Tyndale House Publishers has made ...

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Comey Book Release Gets Harry Potter-Level Security

Politico reports: James Comey’s book is getting the Harry Potter treatment. “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” the upcoming memoir from former FBI director James Comey, is set for publication on April 18 — and with anticipation rivaling that of the cult children’s favorite, the publisher is taking extreme precautions to prevent potentially explosive revelations detailing Comey’s interactions with ...

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Koch Brothers Fund Purchase Of Time Inc.

The Guardian reports: Meredith Corporation has announced that it is buying the Time Inc publishing group in a “transformative” $1.8bn deal that joins two huge magazine companies. Meredith, which owns a portfolio including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, allrecipes and Shape, will fund the deal with the help of the rightwing billionaire Koch brothers, who have contributed $650m of ...

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Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies At Age 91

From the Hollywood Reporter: Hugh Hefner, who parlayed $8,000 in borrowed money in 1953 to create Playboy, the hot-button media empire renowned for a magazine enriched with naked women and intelligent interviews just as revealing, has died. He was 91. “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some ...

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Former FBI Director James Comey Signs Book Deal

The Associated Press reports: Former FBI Director James Comey has a book deal. Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Comey is writing a book about leadership and decision making that will draw upon his career in government. Comey will write about experiences that made him the FBI’s best-known and most controversial FBI head in recent times, from ...

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Random House To Pay Barack And Michelle Obama Record $65M For Separate Presidential Memoirs

The Financial Times reports: Penguin Random House will pay more than $65m for the global rights to two books to be written separately by Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, after a blockbuster auction that set a new record for US presidential memoirs. The company declined to comment on the fee it had agreed with the Obamas. But people briefed ...

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Simon & Schuster Cancels Homocon Milo’s Book

The Daily Beast reports: Publishing company Simon & Schuster has cancelled a book deal for alt-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos, following the circulation of a video in which he condoned pedophilia. The company had previously defended its decision to offer Yiannopoulos a $250,000 book deal, saying that the book would not contain the hate speech for which Yiannopoulos is famous. But ...

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Simon & Schuster Defends Milo’s Book Deal

Vanity Fair reports: Book publishing company Simon & Schuster caused a stir earlier this week when it was reported they’d struck a deal with “alt-right” provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, whose anti-immigration, anti-Islam writing for Breitbart News has made him something of a cult figure within the resurgent white nationalist movement. (The Donald Trump supporter is perhaps best known for getting himself ...

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Fired Former Trump Campaign Manager Loses $1.2M Book Deal Over Non-Disclosure Agreement

From Politico: Corey Lewandowski had a $1.2-million offer from HarperCollins to write a book chronicling his time running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but the publishing giant backed away from the deal amid concerns about Lewandowski’s nondisclosure agreement, according to two sources familiar with the talks. Lewandowski, working through a California-based representative named Robert Stryk, began soliciting offers for a book, ...

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Feminist Helen Gurley Brown Dead At 90

Famed feminism pioneer, one-time Cosmopolitan Magazine editor, and well-regarded Manhattan philanthropist Helen Gurley Brown has died at the age of 90. Ms. Brown, who wrote “Sex and the Single Girl,” took over at the magazine in 1965, giving it its sexually frank tone. She remained editor until 1997 and is still listed as editor in chief for Cosmopolitan International on ...

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“Marriage Defender” Doug Manchester Buys San Diego’s Daily Newspaper

Hotel kingpin and Prop 8 backer Doug Manchester has purchased San Diego’s Union-Tribune for $110 million. And locals can expect some big changes. What happens when that brash, bold, confrontational man steps into the newsroom of the region’s largest newspaper? John Lynch, the former local radio executive who will become the newspaper’s new president and CEO, offered a preview Thursday ...

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Thank You, Steve

I decided to read the wingut New York Post over breakfast this morning, something I very rarely do, because I was curious to see teabagger teeth-gnashing over Sarah Palin’s announcement. What I found at the front of the paper was four full pages of tributes to Steve Jobs. (Plus the cover.) And way way way back in the lower right ...

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NGLJA’s Media Map

Click over for the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association’s interactive national LGBT media map, which shows news-oriented publications and websites by state. A lot of states are blank and the NGLJA invites your input if you know of unlisted titles. (Via – Queerty)

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CANADA: National Post Apologizes For Running Anti-Transgender Ad

Canada’s National Post has apologized for publishing a nasty anti-trans ad paid for by the anti-gay Institute for Canadian Values. Many thanks to ALL of the 488 JMG readers who clicked out on the complaint form! (You were all Canadians, right? Heh.) Earlier this week the National Post ran an advertisement that has caused some controversy. The ad, bought by ...

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TrustoCorp Strikes Again

The media pranksters at TrustoCorp are at it again and have slipped fake versions of Us, People, and OK Magazine onto newsstands in NYC and LA. No details were spared as headlines blasted celebrities and public figures like Lindsey Lohan, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump in hypothetical features of entertaining variants for ever popular gossip magazines such as US, People ...

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Murdoch Scandal Widens

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Conde Nast Inks WTC Deal

Aspirational magazine publisher Conde Nast has signed the long-awaited deal to assume over one million square feet of office space in One World Trade Center, which when completed will be the tallest skyscraper in the nation. The lease marked the largest single tenant to be brought into Lower Manhattan in years. The project is being developed by the Port Authority ...

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