Publishers Weekly

Book Club Picks for April 2021

This month's selections range from B&N's choice of 'The Five Wounds' by Kirstin Valdez Quade to Oprah's Book Club's selection of Marilynne Robinson's 'Gilead' novels.

At 10 Years, Publerati Aims to Stay Small

Publerati is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and publisher Caleb Mason says the Portland, Maine–based press is well positioned for a second decade of success—all by staying small.

ACMRS Press Pulls Shakespeare Into 21st Century

ACMRS Press, the publishing division of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, is publishing all 39 of Shakespeare's plays, translated into modern English to make them more accessible to contemporary audiences.

Duke University Press Employees Look to Unionize

Employees at Duke University Press announced they have formed Duke University Press Workers Union, a new unit of The NewsGuild, in an effort to negotiate better compensation, longer family leave and other changes.

Laugh, Learn, Captivate: Spotlight on Little Genius Books

Launching in April, Little Genius Books is an independent publisher of children’s books that will offer a diverse range of board books, picture books, activity books, nonfiction, novelty books, and more. (Sponsored)

Imprints and More to the Fore

Publishers are creating new vehicles and refreshing older ones to find new readers. (Sponsored.)

Amazon, Big Five Publishers Face Yet Another Antitrust Suit—From Booksellers

Similar to the claims made in a concurrent e-book price-fixing case, the suit turns on Amazon’s use of Most Favored Nation clauses in its contracts with the Big Five publishers, which, lawyers claim, “have the intent and effect of controlling wholesale prices of print trade books and preventing competition with Amazon in the retail sale of print trade books.”

Dundurn Press Has a New Look to Illustrate a New Vision

Forty-nine-year-old imprint Dundurn Press—one of Canada’s largest independent book publishers—has just unveiled a rebrand that establishes the imprint’s new vision and new logo. (Sponsored)

Unruly Expands the Picture Book Genre

In autumn 2020, Enchanted Lion announced Unruly, a new imprint dedicated to picture books created with older readers in mind.(Sponsored)

Mad Cave Launches Maverick

The publisher’s new imprint will offer independent young adult readers authentic, universal stories of personal struggle. (Sponsored)