Entertainment News Jan 21, 2015

James Patterson to launch explosive 'Private Vegas'

James Patterson, already among the world's best-selling authors, plans to shake up the publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, "Private Vegas," which will self-destruct within 24 hours. A deep-pocketed fan willing to spend $294,038 will be flown to an undisclosed location for ...

Business / Corporate Oct 1, 2014

Publisher Kadokawa, Internet firm Dwango complete merger

Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp. and Nico Nico Douga video portal provider Dwango Co. integrated their management Wednesday, aiming to capitalize on their respective business strengths and expand operations in Asia and other regions. The companies, which formed a capital alliance in 2011, became subsidiaries of ...

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Business Dec 3, 2013

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Japanese publishers and distributors of electronic books are increasingly alarmed by the upcoming consumption tax hike in the absence of a system to tax e-books and other digital content purchased from overseas vendors such as the U.S.-based Internet giant Amazon.com Inc. and Japanese online ...

Business / Corporate Jun 13, 2013

News Corp. publishing arm breakup plan wins approval

After years of being criticized by investors for his love of newspapers, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is now a step closer to cleaving off his declining publishing business. Shareholders voted to approve the breakup plan at a special meeting in New York, where the ...

Jobs' role focus of Apple e-book trial

Business / Corporate Jun 5, 2013

Jobs' role focus of Apple e-book trial

by Cecilia Kang

Apple's late founder, Steve Jobs, was a key figure Monday in the Justice Department's suit against the Silicon Valley giant for allegedly leading an illegal scheme to raise the prices of e-books. But the focus on Jobs' role in conversations and deals made three years ...