Publishers Weekly

From the Archive: June 3, 1939

Viking Press took out a two-page ad in 'PW' in 1939 to keep sales rolling for John Steinbeck’s 'The Grapes of Wrath.'

Oni-Lion Forge Pushes Past the Pandemic

Over the past two years, the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group has faced the challenge of merging two independent comics publishers and dealing with the impact of the pandemic. Now its eyes are on what's on the horizon.

Relaunched MTV Books Unveils 2023 Slate

MTV Books, first launched in 1995 in partnership with Pocket Books, is now housed under the Branded Publishing Group at Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and has a renewed focus on its page-to-screen pipeline.

Forefront Books, FDFI Launch Frederick Douglass Books

Forefront Books has partnered with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) to launch a new joint publishing imprint in an effort "to establish a pathway for Black and Brown authors to write and publish a professional book with distribution into traditional retailers."

Zando, Crooked Media Launch New Imprint

Zando has partnered with Crooked Media, the progressive media company founded in 2017 by former Barack Obama administration officials Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, on a new books imprint, which has acquired a new novel by Lydia Kiesling.

From the Archive: June 20, 1994

In June 1994, we reported on the firing of Simon & Schuster CEO Dick Snyder, who had been one of the most powerful people in the industry.

Celebrating 100 Years of ‘Ulysses’

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s 'Ulysses.' Here are six recently published books—and one soon-to-be-published one—geared toward deepening readers’ appreciation for Joyce and his masterwork.

Planet Word Is a Different Kind of Museum

The insitution, which opened permanently in the fall of 2021 in Washington, D.C., may be the world’s first museum devoted to language as a concept and not as collected material.

D.C. Spotlight: An Eclectic Publishing Region

The Washington, D.C. publishing community is unique, including not only independent publishers but scores of university presses, think tanks, and government agencies.

The Ever-Shifting Challenge of Promoting Literature in Translation

An industry roundtable, held at the Multipli Forti literary festival in New York on June 6, addressed how independent publishers can get works of translated literature to readers in an era marked by media saturation and increased dominance by major companies over the book business.

Penguin Random House to Distribute for Disney Publishing

Starting next April 1, Penguin Random House Publisher Services will take over distribution of the adult and children’s print books published by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Under the agreement, PRHPS will also take on distribution of Marvel Publishing’s collected editions and graphic novels to trade bookstores and wholesalers.

Words Without Borders Reboots

The website's mission, to publish works from countries underrepresented in English-first language regions, has not changed since its 2003 launch, but new developments planned to expand the literary conversation include today's reveal of its revamped website.