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HarperCollins Keeps a Lid on Explosive Zodiac Killer Claim

MostDangerousAnimal_CoverWhen the B.G. Dilworth Agency brought this particular book proposal to HarperCollins 15 months ago, it was a “standard acquisition process except for the NDA.” That according to a publicist at the publisher who spoke to New York magazine’s Elon Green.

Green’s exclusive Intelligencer item last night has tipped a wave of rippling media coverage today about a son’s claim via The Most Dangerous Animal of All (hitting shelves today) that his dad was the infamous “Zodiac Killer.” Gary L. Stewart came to this frightening familial conclusion after 12 years of research. From Green’s item:

For months, dozens of HarperCollins staff — sales, marketing, publicity and legal — have managed to keep a potentially explosive new book almost entirely quiet. The Most Dangerous Animal of All is being published Tuesday but still has no cover art on the publisher’s website…. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, its Amazon sales rank was #140,113.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Jansing Promoted | CBS Crew Detained | News Corp. Buys Harlequin

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Chris Jansing Named Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News (TVNewser)
Changes are coming to NBC’s Washington bureau. NBC News president Deborah Turness has named Chris Jansing as the new senior white house correspondent and Peter Alexander as national correspondent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Jansing, who will report primarily for NBC Nightly News, will relocate from New York to Washington and will stop hosting her MSNBC show Jansing & Co. The network said her replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. Variety Both Jansing and Alexander will work as part of a unit that also comprises Chuck Todd, the NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent, and Kristen Welker, who will continue to report for NBC Nightly News and Today. HuffPost It will be the latest of a string of changes at that network, which has recently reshuffled its daytime lineup and added Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid to its roster. Deadline Hollywood Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998, and has also anchored Jansing & Co. on MSNBC since October 2010. She anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 as the events unfolded, extensively covered several presidential campaigns for both NBC News and MSNBC and hosted a series of reports called Battleground America.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Clippers Lose Sponsors | Mockingbird To Go Digital | Al Jazeera Sues Egypt

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Sponsors Have Begun to Abandon the Clippers (PRNewser)
The controversy behind the allegedly racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has the biggest names behind the Clippers making their way toward the exits. Mediaite State Farm Insurance became the first sponsor to pull its support from the Clippers Monday morning, following audiotape released by TMZ Saturday that allegedly revealed Sterling going on a racist tirade. WSJ More than a half dozen other sponsors of the Clippers, including Kia Motors, Virgin America, Red Bull, Aquahydrate, Mercedez-Benz, Corona and CarMax, also distanced themselves from the team Monday. While some advertisers sponsor the NBA, other brands sponsor individual teams — some advertisers do both. Sports marketing experts suggest that team sponsorship agreements with a big-market team like the Clippers could range anywhere from $100,000 to over $2 million a year, depending on what is included in the marketing package as well as if the advertiser is given category exclusivity. Variety According to new statements, the advertisers felt maintaining ad ties to the team after reports surfaced about Sterling’s remarks would not be in their best interest. “The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values,” Kia said in a statement Monday. The NBA is expected to make an announcement regarding Sterling’s alleged comments today. THR Sterling’s tirade was prompted when his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a photo of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram. In the audio remarks obtained by TMZ and Deadspin, Sterling expresses displeasure about having black people attend Clipper games. Read more

On Her 88th Birthday, Harper Lee Heralds Mockingbird eBook

ToKillaMockingirdCoverMark your literary calendars. Per an announcement today by HarperCollins, on what is author Harper Lee‘s 88th birthday, To Kill a Mockingbird will be available for the first time as an eBook July 8.

From today’s announcement:

“I’m still old-fashioned,” said Lee. “I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”

Added HarperCollins U.S. General Books Group and Canada president Michael Morrison: “Every home has a dog-eared copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, and now readers will be able to add this favorite book to their digital libraries. Although today is Nelle Harper Lee’s birthday, she is giving readers around the world the gift of being able to read or listen to this extraordinary story in all formats.”

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Hachette Chief: ‘New York is No Longer a Bookstore City’

Julie Bosman‘s disheartening NYT look at the dwindling number of Manhattan bookstores is a Dickens of a downer. In this tale of two cities, the best-times scenario has been gradually giving way to a bookworm’s worst nightmare.

RizzoliBookstoreLogoThe Rizzoli and Bank Street bookstores are scrambling to find new digs; state data shows a 30% drop in NYC bookstore locations between 2000 and 2012. There are also depressing quotes from lifelong New Yorker/author Robert Caro and a book industry big wig:

With the closing of several Barnes & Noble and Borders stores, it is difficult to shop for new books in Midtown, the same neighborhood that houses Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and much of Penguin Random House.

“There are some great bookstores, but there aren’t a lot of them,” said Michael Pietsch, the chief executive of Hachette. “Compared to other cities, New York is no longer a bookstore city.”

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Novelist Andrea Cremer Chose Veronica Mars Over a Summer Vacation

The best part of Dave Itzkoff’s look at the forthcoming crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie are the personal details about some of the film’s high-end Kickstarter donors.

One guy, Cyrus Chung, is described by his wife Ina in the article as being more excited on-set in Los Angeles as a Veronica Mars extra than he was on their wedding day! The couple ponied up $3,000 for that privilege. Meanwhile, Andrea Cremer, author of the popular Young Adult novel series Nightshade, made a personal sacrifice when she pledged $2,500:

“It’s a big chunk of money,” Ms. Cremer said. “I was planning on going on vacation this summer, and it was like, well, either vacation budget or Veronica Mars.”

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New York Times’ Juliet Macur to Pen Book on Lance Armstrong

Juliet Macur, the sports reporter for The New York Times who has been on top of all things Lance Armstrong, is now going long on the cyclist. According to The New York Post, Macur signed a book deal with HarperCollins, rumored to be in the six figures. The book on Armstrong is titled Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.

Cycle of Lies will prove definitively that his [Armstrong] extraordinary career had nothing to do with the bike,” David Hirshey, HarperCollins’ executive editor, told the Post.

Macur’s book is expected to hit shelves next summer. Maybe Armstrong will sign a copy!

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Talking Digital Publishing On The Menu

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Today’s media-bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast started off strong with some serious talk about digital publishing, Amazon.com’s Kindle and e-book publishing strategies.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven kicked off the show with a discussion about the Kindle’s upcoming debut in the U.K.

“If they can get this global footprint…I think it’s going to be a really big moment for Kindle and Amazon,” Jason said. “It’s just going to exist all over the world and it’s going to be hard to replace that.”

Next was a discussion about the news that the release of Sarah Palin‘s e-book will be delayed until December 26, even as the pub date of her memoir, Going Rogue was pushed up earlier this week. According to Jason, the publisher’s hope is that Conservative Christians who backed Palin during the election will buy the book for Christmas and then the electronic version — which is usually priced lower than the hard copy version at around $9.99 — will debut after the holidays. “By withholding this digital version, [publisher HarperCollins] is just ducking this whole issue of how much should it cost,” Jason said. Jason also compared this technique to the releasing of a DVD after a movie has a run in movie theaters.

However, Matt pointed out that environmentalists will probably not be very happy with this decision. But, were environmentalists going to buy Palin’s book either way?

Also discussed: Dan Rather‘s suit against CBS was dismissed yesterday and “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ will now become “Kate Plus 8″ and focus on Kate Gosselin‘s struggles as a single mom.

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Digital Book Publishing, Gawker’s Revenues and Ashton Kutcher On The Menu

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Today on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by AgencySpy co-editor Kiran Aditham to discuss the day’s big media headlines.

Jason opened the show with a discussion about HarperCollins‘ appointment of an editorial director of digital. “It’s sign that major publishers are realizing that there is going to be a large market for this and that’s where things are going,” Jason said. “It’s kind of exciting to see the new push and it’s at a time where the publishing industry is cutting back on everything…but here is something that is actually growing. I think its encouraging.”

Also discussed: Gawker‘s growing revenues and Fleshbot‘s contribution to the company’s bottom line and Ashton Kutcher‘s Twitter presentation at Fortune‘s technology conference last week.

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