Publishers Weekly

Social Justice Resources for the Book Business

As protests against police violence and in support of marginalized communities continue nationwide, 'PW' has put together a list of social justice resources to aid members of the book business and others in their efforts.

S&S Enters the Karp Era

The publisher’s new president and CEO, Jonathan Karp, is unfazed about the challenges to come as he takes the reins.

Macmillan Launches Indie Bookstore Assistance Program

Macmillan Publishers will issue promotional terms intended to help independent bookstores recover from what it calls "the significant and calamitous impacts of Covid-19 on the channel."

Schrank Named to Head Astra Publishing House

Backed by Thinkingdom Media Group, Astra Publishing House has launched a new adult division, which will join children's divisions Boyds Mills & Kane and minedition in the new company. Former Holt head Ben Schrank is publisher and COO of Astra.

Diversion Debuts Nonfiction Podcast Series

Diversion Publishing is launching Diversion Podcasts, a new production unit and podcast studio that will develop and release original nonfiction audio series hosted by veteran nonfiction authors.

HBG Launches Indie Bookstore Assistance Program

Hachette Book Group is launching a new program to assist in the reopening of independent bookstores. The program is intended to help stores recover from the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses, as well as to aid them in reopening.

In Pandemic, Dystopian Fiction Loses Its Luster for Editors

The renewed interest in dystopian tales following the election of Donald Trump seems to be dying down as, with the globe seized by a pandemic and millions of Americans hunkered down because of shelter-at-home orders, editors say they are interested in lighter fare—mostly.

PRH Ups Digital Efforts in the Covid Era

Publishers are facing a new normal when it comes to their events businesses: digital or bust. At Penguin Random House, the efforts to pivot are manifold.

PW, Independent Publishers Launch #ReadIndie Campaign

Publishers Weekly is joining with a group of independent publishers to launch #ReadIndie, an online campaign launching May 4th designed to highlight the range, importance, and distinctive character of the indie publishing community.

Harlequin Introduces Larger Mass Market Paperback

Harlequin is introducing a new size for its mass market paperbacks, the Mass Market Paperback Max. All Max titles will have a larger trim size than standard mass market and premium mass market formats, and will be priced at $9.99.

Left-Wing Indie Publishers Form Coalition

The Radical Publishers Alliance is an international group of left-wing independent publishers who have joined together with the goal of supporting each other during the coronavirus pandemic.

Petition Asking Poetry Foundation for Millions Gains Support

A petition has garnered nearly 1,500 signatures asking the Poetry Foundation to dip into its deep pockets to support poets and independent publishers who are struggling economically because of the pandemic.