Publishers Weekly

After Controversy, ReadTribe Becomes ReadClubHub

ReadTribe, the name of a new venture matching readers with book clubs, has become ReadClubHub, after a controversy erupted over the use of the word 'tribe' for marketing purposes, with some calling it racist.

Putting the Media in HMH Trade Group

Upping its efforts to become a multichannel publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media is throwing its energy behind big-name franchises and licensing.

Dreamspinner Press Restructures as Authors Cry Foul

The Florida-based LGBTQ romance publisher was forced to retain a law firm in mid-December to help with a restructuring of the company following mounting complaints from authors about unpaid royalties.

In Filing, Former B&N CEO Claims Malicious Firing Destroyed His Career

In an opposition memo filed this week, fired B&N CEO Demos Parneros insists that the reasons for his firing were misrepresented to the B&N board and that the vagueness of the press release announcing his firing implied serious misconduct, shattering his reputation.

Orbit Books Tosses 500,000 Copies to Its Witcher Fans

In order to meet the soaring demand for books in the Witcher series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Orbit Books will go back to press with all titles in the series, printing 500,000 additional copies.

Allison Hill Outlines Her Plans for the ABA

Hill assumes the role of CEO of the American Booksellers Association on March 1, taking over from Oren Teicher, who retired in November after 10 years in the job. And as the first woman to head the ABA, she's ready to get to work.

RWA President, Executive Director Resign as Publishers Drop Its Annual Conference

As of this morning, new RWA president Damon Suede has tendered his resignation, effective immediately. Executive director Carol Ritter has also offered her resignation. A number of publishers, including imprints from each of the Big Five, have all pulled support from the RWA's national conference in recent days.

PW’s Top News Stories of 2019

Big changes in the bookselling landscape were the subject of several of the industry’s top stories in 2019, along with publishers’ relationships with different partners.

McIntosh Broaches Succession Topic After Mehta's Death

The news, earlier this week, that Knopf Doubleday chairman Sonny Mehta died has been met with an expected outpouring of remembrances and grief in the industry. It's also caused a fair bit of uncertainty within the publishing division he ran, prompting a letter to Knopf Doubleday Group staffers about the future.

B&N, Fired CEO Ready to Talk Settlement in Defamation Case

In a December 18 letter, lawyers for Barnes & Noble informed the court that the parties “are now prepared to proceed with a settlement conference,” which is scheduled for January 27 before magistrate judge Gabriel Gorenstein.

Pearson Sells Last 25% of PRH to Bertelsmann

U.K.-based publisher Pearson is selling its last shares in Penguin Random House, representing 25% ownership of the company, to Germany's Bertelsmann, which will now have 100% ownership of the company.

Publishers Brace for California Labor Law Changes

Publishers are taking a careful look at how a dizzying array of new legal standards will apply to California authors, editors, illustrators, and other publishing workers previously engaged as independent contractors when the state's new 'gig worker' law goes into effect on January 1.