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Lethally Blond
by Kate White

Magazine reporter Bailey Weggins makes her fifth appearance in this murder mystery "teeming with TV types and PR people," written by Kate White, Cosmopolitan editor in chief.

The Best American Magazine Writing 2006
by American Society of Magazine Editors

National Magazine Award winners and finalists are recognized in this new collection. "These articles manage to sing as beautifully as they did when they first appeared in print," writes Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in the intro.

The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology
by David Plotz (Editor)

The Web performs "intelligent synthesis of the news a lot better than the traditional newsmagazines," writes Slate founding editor Michael Kinsley in the foreward to this dead-tree anthology of the online magazine's best reporting.

Fast Company's Greatest Hits: Ten Years of the Most Innovative Ideas in Business
by David Lidsky (Editor)

Fast Company is rounding up its cutting-edge business ideas into a collection that includes some of the magazine's most buzz-generating articles, including "The Brand Called You," by Tom Peters, and "Free Agent Nation," by Daniel Pink.

Spy: The Funny Years
by Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis

This "greatest hits" collection from the snarky Spy magazine of the late '80s-early '90s is "the next best thing to an announcement that the magazine is resuming publication," says one fan in a posting on Amazon.com.

The Last Magazine: Magazines in Transition
by David Renard

This visual anthology presents current boutique periodicals that are so cutting-edge, "they will continue to flourish in print even as their mainstream contemporaries move to digital."

The Dog Dialed 911: A Book of Lists from The Smoking Gun
by The Smoking Gun

Not only did The Smoking Gun shatter James Frey's literary career into a million little pieces, the Web site also posted many "stranger than fiction" true stories, as evidenced in this collection of reporting.

The NewsBreaker: A Behind the Scenes Look at the News Media
by Larry Garrison

"News broker" Larry Garrison describes how top stories are "found, manipulated and released to the public," and promises to reveal insider info on Terri Schiavo, TWA Flight 800, Jon Benet Ramsey and other "gritty" news reports.

by Todd James Pierce

News is "one of the few things that connects us as a nation," notes the protagonist in the title story of "Newsworld," a collection of short stories by Todd James Pierce that explores America's obsession with pop culture.

Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Media Consumers in a Digital Age
by Henry Jenkins

MIT professor Henry Jenkins charts the growth of participatory culture on the Web, describing blogging as perhaps the most powerful illustration of how consumer participation impacts mainstream media.

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
by Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams

Wikinomics "heralds the biggest change in collaboration to date," says Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "Thanks to the Internet, masses of people outside of traditional hierarchies can produce content. In order to understand the opportunities, read this book."

The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness
by Steven Levy

For the fifth anniversary of the iPod, Newsweek technology writer Stephen Levy offers a paean to "the most familiar, and certainly the most desirable, new object of the twenty-first century," according to Publishers Weekly.

iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon
by Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith

Stephen Wozniak relates how he "invented the personal computer, co-founded Apple and had fun doing it." The book is "about growing up in Silicon Valley at a watershed time for electronics and computing," says USA Today.

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
by Neal Gabler

Author Neal Gabler is said to be the first writer to gain complete access to the Disney archives for this acclaimed bio of "synergistic empire" founder Walt Disney, arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century American culture.

Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media
by Jeff Cohen

Producer/pundit Jeff Cohen offers a "fast-paced romp" through the three major cable news channels -- Fox, CNN, and MSNBC -- and delivers a serious message about their "failure" to cover the important issues of the day.

cover Convergence Culture
by Henry Jenkins

MIT professor Henry Jenkins argues that struggles over convergence will redefine the face of American popular culture, as industry leaders direct content across multiple media channels.


cover The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
by Chris Anderson

Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson explores how the Internet offers seemingly infinite inventory, and the result is the "shattering of the mainstream into a zillion different cultural shards."



cover Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: A Memoir
by David Goodwillie

Freelance journalist David Goodwillie describes how he succumbed to the promise of riches at a New York Internet start-up -- just in time for the dot-com crash of the late 1990s.


cover The Futurist: A Novel
by James P. Othmer

This "damned entertaining" satirical first novel by Young & Rubicam advertising exec James P. Othmer takes swipes at the likes of (real-life) futurist Faith Popcorn, Ted Turner, Bill Gates and others.


cover JPod: A Novel
by Douglas Coupland

The latest novel by "Generation X" author Douglas Coupland explores how "the novelty-seeking, irony-soaked, instant-nostalgia, gross-out culture of the Internet can corrode your soul," writes Cory Doctorow.

cover Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing
by Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg with Lisa T. Davis

Emerging media are undermining the effectiveness of traditional mass marketing. Still, they also create unprecedented opportunities, write the founders of consulting firm Future Now.

cover Desperate Networks: Starring Katie Couric, Les Moonves ... and a Host of Other Movers and Shakers Who Changed the Face of Primetime TV
by Bill Carter

Bill Carter, who covers the television industry for the New York Times, describes how "the power relationships of network television have turned topsy-turvy in the last five years."


cover Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV
by Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer's new book aims to help industry professionals get a handle on the future of television. "Finally, a book about the whole business!" says Mark Cuban.

cover Boffo!: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb
by Peter Bart

Variety editor Peter Bart offers a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest hits -- and misses -- of the past 100 years in film, television and theater. The book is the basis of a new HBO documentary.

cover The Sound of No Hands Clapping: A Memoir
by Toby Young

Toby Young follows up his best-selling "How to Lose Friends and Influence People," a dishy take on the New York magazine publishing world, with an account of his new misadventures in Hollywood.

cover Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
by Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper, the CNN correspondent and I Want Media 2005 Media Person of the Year, describes covering Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and other recent news events.


cover Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons
by Tim Russert

"Meet the Press" host Tim Russert provides a collection of some of the 600,000 letters and e-mails he received from readers in response to his memoir of his relationship with his father, "Big Russ and Me."

cover My Dad and Me: A Heartwarming Collection of Stories About Fathers from a Host of Larry's Famous Friends
by Larry King

CNN talk show host Larry King collects 122 recollections of fathers and fatherhood. King writes that while his own father died when he was just 9 years old: "I think about him almost all the time."

cover Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel--Why Everything You Know is Wrong
by John Stossel

ABC News investigative reporter John Stossel mines his segments on "20/20" to "question conventional wisdom" -- from media bias to world overpopulation -- in this New York Times best-seller.

cover Godless: The Church of Liberalism
by Ann Coulter

The latest book by Ann Coulter "takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through the Church of Liberalism," she says. The conservative pundit stirs "controversy" with her critical comments about the "9/11 widows."

cover The Joys of Much Too Much: Go for the Big Life -- The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted
by Bonnie Fuller

American Media editorial director Bonnie Fuller explains how women can have it all and enjoy getting it. Carmen Electra says: "For the woman who wants it all, Bonnie's book is a must-have!"


cover The Last Days of Dead Celebrities
by Mitchell Fink

Celebrity writer Mitchell Fink serves up details of the activities of celebrities at the end of life, delivering "cautionary tales replete with piquancy and perversity."

cover The Devil Wears Prada: Movie Tie-In
by Lauren Weisberger

A new paperback edition of the reportedly fictional account of Lauren Weisberger's days as assistant to Vogue editor Anna Wintour ties in with the summer release of the Meryl Streep film.

cover But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous
by Jancee Dunn

Rolling Stone writer and former MTV2 VJ Jancee Dunn recalls her exploits as a celebrity journalist. Interviewing celebs "does perpetually bring up seventh-grade-cafeteria feelings," she admits.


cover Welcome to Yesterday: A Novel
by Ian Spiegelman

Ian Spiegelman re-imagines his former gig as a New York Post "Page Six" reporter in a "smarmy tale chock-full of seedy strips, hard-drinking gossips and vicious celebrities."


cover 4% Famous: A Novel
by Deborah Schoeneman

The first novel by New York magazine's Deborah Schoeneman follows gossip columnists immersed in the world of Manhattan celebrity life. Dominick Dunne says: "It's funny. It's dirty. It's mean."

cover Tabloid Love: Looking for Mr. Right in All the Wrong Places
by Bridget Harrison

Bridget Harrison recounts her move from London to New York to write for the New York Post's "Page Six" column in a "saucy" memoir that reads like "Bridget Jones's Diary" meets "Sex and the City," says its publisher.

cover What Did I Do Last Night: A Drunkard's Tale
by Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes describes how he turned his drinking problem into a vocation after landing a job as the New York Post's bar columnist and nightlife reporter. His memoir is "funny, smart," says Toby Young.

cover It's News to Me: The Making and Unmaking of an Editor
by Edward Kosner

Edward Kosner, former editor of New York magazine, Esquire and the New York Daily News, promises to deliver the inside scoop on Kay Graham, Mort Zuckerman, Tina Brown, and many others.

cover The One that Got Away: A Memoir
by Howell Raines

Former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines looks at his career downfall after the Jayson Blair scandal, drawing parallels between deceptions practiced by fishermen and journalists.

cover Public Editor Number One: The Collected Columns (with Reflections, Reconsiderations, and Even a Few Retractions) of the First Ombudsman of The New York Times
by Daniel Okrent

Daniel Okrent, the first public editor of the New York Times, "represents a force for better journalism," writes Harold Evans in the New York Times Book Review.

cover Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker
by David Remnick

Editor David Remnick collects the best of his pieces from The New Yorker over the last 15 years. His profiles of writers, politicians and pugilists combine "erudition, curiosity, wit."


cover Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism
by Eric Burns

"Fox News Watch" host Eric Burns offers examples of how vulgarity and partisanship existed in American journalism long before the rise of bloggers and cable news.

cover Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public
by Helen Thomas

Washington press corps icon Helen Thomas blames media consolidation and a focus on profit and entertainment for the decline of support for "good old muckraking journalism."


cover Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush
by Eric Boehlert

Salon reporter Eric Boehlert claims that the mainstream news media have abandoned their traditional role of public watchdog during the Bush presidency.

cover When News Lies
by Danny Schechter

The book-DVD package documents the mainstream media's "complicity in censoring and selling the Iraq War," says one review posted on Amazon.com. It will "make every American shudder."

cover Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power
by Mary Mapes

Former CBS "60 Minutes II" Mary Mapes offers her account of the "faked" document story about President Bush that led to her dismissal from the newsmagazine.

cover The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution
by Marc Weingarten

Journalist Marc Weingarten describes how writers such as Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson discarded traditional objective reporting in order to immerse themselves in the stories they covered.

cover News Junkie
by Jason Leopold

Jason Leopold, one of the reporters who broke the Enron story, describes how he became addicted to cocaine, committed grand theft, then cleaned himself up. He's now a blogger.

cover Blog Marketing
by Jeremy Wright

Blogging consultant Jeremy Wright explains how and why companies of all types blog, reveals strategies for effectively interacting with customers -- and quotes I Want Media.


cover Blog!: How the Newest Media Revolution is Changing Politics, Business, and Culture
by David Kline, Dan Burstein

This "venerable blogosphere bible" includes interviews with and comments from leading blog figures such as Andrew Sullivan, Nick Denton, Joe Trippi and Adam Curry.

cover Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers
by Robert Scoble, Shel Israel

Microsoft employee/blogger Robert Scoble argues that every business can benefit from blogging: "If you ignore the blogosphere ... you won't know what people are saying about you."

cover An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths
by Glenn Reynolds

Glenn Reynolds, the blogger behind Instapundit.com, is a "compelling evangelist for the power of the individual to change our world," proclaims Ariana Huffington.

cover iPod, Therefore I Am
by Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ, examines how the iPod is transforming the way we approach, listen to and possess music.

cover The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media and Technology Success of Our Time
by David Vise, Mark Malseed

Washington Post reporter David Vise and researcher Mark Malseed trace Google's rise from grad-student project to Internet juggernaut.

cover The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture
by John Battelle

John Battelle, a cofounding editor of Wired and the founder of The Industry Standard, explores how search technology is impacting media and society.


cover The Bronfmans: The Rise and Fall of the House of Seagram
by Nicholas Faith

Journalist Nicholas Faith tells the story of the Bronfman family, from bootlegging to their investments in media companies, most notably Universal Studios.

cover Often Wrong, Never in Doubt: Unleash the Business Rebel Within
by Donny Deutsch

Ad man and CNBC host Donny Deutsch lays out the principles that propelled him to build a successful advertising agency and become a national personality.

cover The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as You Start, Grow, or Manage a Business
by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, who is described as one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs, reveals her business knowledge for the first time in this new "handbook for success."

cover Between You and Me: A Memoir
by Mike Wallace

Newsman Mike Wallace shares his personal observations on his many "60 Minutes" interviews with the famous and the infamous.

cover Camp
by Michael Eisner

Disney chief Michael Eisner shares the life lessons he learned in his childhood days at summer camp and how they helped turn him into the man he is today.

cover Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
by Robert Greenwald, Alexandra Kitty

The director of the 2004 documentary "Outfoxed" updates his examination of how media empires "run a race to the bottom in television news."

cover The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat
by Bob Woodward

The mysterious source who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break open the Watergate scandal was hidden for 33 years. Now, Woodward tells all.

cover Attack the Messenger: How Politicians Turn You Against the Media
by Craig Crawford

Politicians have successfully deflected criticism onto the news media. Now, public trust of the press is at an all-time low, says Congressional Quarterly columnist Craig Crawford.

cover Over the Edge: How the Pursuit of Youth by Marketers and the Media Has Changed American Culture
by Leo Bogart

The conventional wisdom of targeting consumers under age 35 is contradicted -- and advertising and media execs are scolded for "corrupting American society."

cover Life After the 30-Second Spot: Energize Your Brand With a Bold Mix of Alternatives to Traditional Advertising
by Joseph Jaffe

Traditional advertising is said to be losing ground to viral marketing, gaming, on-demand viewing, long-form content, and other "new marketing."

cover Smut: A Sex-Industry Insider (and Concerned Father) Says Enough is Enough
by Gil Reavill

Gil Reavill, a writer for Penthouse and Maxim magazines, claims that smut now prevails in all media, from Howard Stern and lewd sitcoms to gangsta rap and porn sites.

cover Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
by Steven Johnson

"Junk culture," like video games and reality TV, stimulate rather than pacify the brain, argues Steven Johnson, cofounder of the online magazine Feed.

cover Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It
by Thomas de Zengotita

Thomas de Zengotita, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and the Nation, offers an "insightful and sardonic" exploration into the ways the media affects our choices and our individual reactions to events.

cover Interpersonal Divide: The Search For Community In a Technological Age
by Michael Bugeja

Over-consumption of media and technology is eroding our sense of community, claims Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.

cover Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation
by J. D. Lasica

Large media corporations are depicted as dinosaurs intent on stifling creative freedom in the culture clash over the future of digital distribution.

cover The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution
by Dave Kusek, Gerd Leonhard

The digital revolution is predicted to kill off CDs and record stores in the next decade, as music becomes "like water: ubiquitous and free-flowing."

cover The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft
by Robert S. Boynton

Practitioners of the "New New Journalism" (Gay Talese, Calvin Trillin, Richard Ben Cramer, 16 others) are interviewed about their methods and careers.

cover Knightfall: Knight Ridder and How the Erosion of Newspaper Journalism is Putting Democracy at Risk
by Davis Merritt

Davis "Buzz" Merritt, a 40-year newspaperman with Knight Newspapers and Knight Ridder, describes "what happens to journalism when it is yoked to the demands of Wall Street."

cover News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership and Its Threat to Democracy
by Elliot D. Cohen

Consolidation of media ownership is leading to a deterioration in the quality of news reporting, says Elliot D. Cohen, an author of several books on journalism.

cover Comcasted: How Ralph and Brian Roberts Took Over America's TV, One Deal at a Time
by Joseph N. DiStefano

This "brisk, readable" survey of the Comcast story "reinforces the conventional wisdom of Brian Roberts as an ambitious but disciplined deal maker," says the Boston Globe.

cover DisneyWar: The Battle for the Magic Kingdom
by James B. Stewart

"Den of Thieves" author James B. Stewart explores the epic battle for control of one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.




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