Carla Medrano, University of Houston broadcast journalism major, just paid $220 for a new TV Production textbook, no small amount just for one class. Every year students have to worry about how they will pay for their college textbooks. Some students receive scholarships and other financial assistan ... More >>
Texas joined 15 other states and the feds today in suing Apple and three publishing companies for alleged price-fixing e-books. "Colluding to fix prices violates antitrust laws and raises costs for customers," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. "In this case, three of the nation's largest pub ... More >>
Andy Surface no longer wants Conde Nast's money.Andy Surface, the Alvin man who scammed the powerful Condé Nast publishing company of $8 million simply by sending a single bogus e-mail invoice, has formally renounced any claim to his ill-gotten gains. Forbes, which first broke the story, re ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Andy Surafce: Alvin man dupes New York sophisticatesWhile we never endorse fraud, we have to give up some grudging applause for one Andy Surface, of Alvin. According to federal prosecutors, Surface set up a company with a name that sounded a bit like that of the company that does the publish ... More >>
Houston asks: What are these odd things?The newest edition of an annual ranking of the nation's most well-read city has found (once again) Houston is not really big on the whole reading thing. Of the 75 cities ranked, we come in 60th and we're fading: in 2005 we were 53rd. Central Connectic ... More >>
Learn about the larger-than-life past of Galveston Island's historic downtown district
The family who spies together, stays together
Writers who dont have time to wait for someone else to publish their book are finding their own way to readers
What's next? Holographic newspapers?
Hearst is the privately owned company that owns a ton of magazines, TV stations and newspapers, including our very own Houston Chronicle.The longtime head of Hearst's newspaper division recently retired; the guy who replaced him has sent out a long memo to employees full of doom and gloom and re-inv ... More >>
Magazine crews and their managers are no strangers to trouble
That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story -- part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.
We learn some not-so-shocking news today from liberal think tank Media Matters for America that conservative syndicated columnists dominate their progressive counterparts in Texas daily newspapers. The findings of the report, titled “Black and White and Re(a)d All Over: The Conservative Advantag ... More >>
A new publishing method attracts first-time authors. Will it do the same for readers?
A local comic-book press waits for its big Hollywood break
How Internet pipe dreams and literary ambitions dismantled one of Texas's largest publishers
Nicolas Kanellos uses his radical training to get books to the people
Houston's Terry Moore draws a comic success