The Battle for a Comic-Book Empire That Archie Built

The entry vestibule at Archie Comic Publications here is a glass portal to childhood innocence, sunny summer days and endless nostalgia: The back end of a vintage white Cadillac, circa 1948, with its killer shark-fin fenders and leather interior intact, has been retrofitted to function as a sofa. Two salvaged audio hookups from an extinct drive-in movie theater complete the Memory Lane montage. Framed posters of Archie, the gullible Riverdale High School redhead, and his equally colorful entourage invigorate the walls.

But to gain access to the company’s administrative offices, you must pass through a reminder of its troubled present: double-locked doors and security cameras primarily installed to keep out a designated intruder, the company’s co-chief executive, Nancy Silberkleit, who since January has been under court order to stay away from Archie.

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Authors use Kickstarter to begin new publishing company

Authors use Kickstarter to begin new publishing company
Now a group of Bay Area authors committed to children’s literature is starting a new publishing imprint, and is funding it in an unusual way: through Led by Berkeley author Marissa Moss, who has published more than 60 books, including the popular Amelia’s Notebook series, Golden Gate Books “plans to fill the void left behind by the major New York publishers who no longer put out a broad range of quality picture books.”


Football-Loving Nebraska Nurtures Baseball Books

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From offices about a mile off campus, in the shadows of the state capitol in Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Press and its imprint, Bison Books, publish four to eight books a year for the hard-core hardball fan. Via its partnership with the Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR, Nebraska also distributes the organization’s wonkish publications, The National Pastime and The Baseball Research Journal.

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Copyright and Open Access: Reconsidering University Ownership of Faculty Research

This Article makes a more controversial suggestion. Universities should exercise their legal right to claim ownership of copyright in the research publications produced by their faculty. Only universities can wield sufficient leverage to compel fundamental change in scholarly publishing. Although traditionally an anathema to faculty, university ownership of copyright in research can be implemented without undermining academic freedom or the economic and reputational interests of university faculty.

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ProQuest to Publish 'Statistical Abstract'

With the Statistical Abstract of the United States slated for extinction following the release of the 2012 edition, ProQuest said Thursday morning that it will take over publication of one of the best known and respected reference works beginning with the 2013 edition.

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Are Book Publishers To Blame For Gender Discrimination?

Are Book Publishers To Blame For Gender Discrimination?

The results clearly showed that venerable publications such as The Paris Review, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and The Atlantic cover significantly more works by male authors.

One of the greatest offenders, The New Republic, reviewed over four times as many books by men than those by women. Similar results were reported for The London Review of Books. The survey also looked at the staffing of these publications, and the results were also overwhelmingly weighted towards men.


Meet the woman behind $45m empire that allows anyone to become a published author

'Even the bad books are awesome': Meet the woman behind $45m empire that allows anyone to become a published author (talented or not)
Most people harbour a secret desire to be a singer, an actor or a novelist but aspiring writers and artists looking to publish their material need no longer dream.

Thanks to Eileen Gittins, the founder and CEO of Blurb, creative types can see their work in print for as little as $3 by filling out a simple template and printing the requisite copies.

In search of a 'cathartic, creative outlet' herself, the former Kodak executive and technology start-up guru launched the business after discovering there was no way to print a book of photography on which she had been working in her spare time.


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