Publishers Weekly

Patreon Looks to Satisfy Creators and Investors

The membership-powered crowdfunding has added new service tiers and pricing beginning this month for new members, including new pro and premium levels designed for high-volume creative projects.

Rhode Island ACLU Sues Over Tax Law that Discriminates Against Nonfiction Authors

The suit revolves around a 2013 law designed to help creative workers in the state by offering authors, composers and artists in Rhode Island a sales tax exemption. But in a bizarre twist, the state’s tax officials have ruled that the tax break applies only to authors of fiction, because nonfiction is not “creative and original.”

New Owner and Management Team for David R. Godine

Longtime Boston publisher David R. Godine is stepping down at the end of the year from his eponymous publishing house, and new owner William N. Thorndike is already beginning to shape the press.

Chronicle Books Creates New Audio Unit

Chronicle Books is partnering with Hachette Audio to create audiobooks that, for the first time, will be marketed under the Chronicle Books brand.

In Twist, Judge Orders B&N to Help Pay Former CEO's Legal Costs

Among three decisions handed down at a May 6 conference, Judge John G. Koeltl ruled that Barnes & Noble's countersuit against former CEO Demos Parneros can proceed. But in a twist, the judge held that an indemnification clause in Parneros's contract called for the company to advance Parneros's costs for defending against the suit.

Mayo Clinic Launches Publishing Imprint

After working for decades with multiple publishers to publish health books for consumers, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is launching its own publishing imprint, Mayo Clinic Press. Its debut title will be released this fall.

Sales, Profits Up in Q1 at S&S

Sales at Simon & Schuster rose 3% in the first quarter of 2019 over the comparable period in 2018, rising to $164 million from $160 million a year ago. Operating income increased 6%, to $17 million.

Hanover Square Brings Net Force Back

The press will relaunch the bestselling series, created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, this fall. The deal is for four print novels and four e-novellas.

BISG Annual Meeting Examines Paper and Printing Challenges

The BISG annual meeting, held April 26 at the Harvard Club in New York City, opened with a panel focused on the challenge of meeting demands for paper and printing after a year of dramatic declines in paper capacity in 2018.

Is the Next Big Idea Club the Next Big Thing?

Although serial entrepreneur Rufus Griscom has a background in books, he had no intention of getting into the book business when he launched a new venture, Heleo, in 2015. With the Next Big Idea Club, that's changed.

S&S to Distribute New Law&Crime Publishing Unit

The Law&Crime network, an on demand and live streaming network focused on trials and legal commentary, is launching a publishing unit and has signed with Simon & Schuster for worldwide sales representation and distribution.

Skyhorse Forms Arcade CrimeWise

Skyhorse Publishing is stepping up its presence in crime fiction with the launch of Arcade CrimeWise. The imprint will launch its first titles this fall.

Pushing Diversity Forward in Publishing

People of Color In Publishing and We Need Diverse Books teamed up for a town hall this month that shows how far publishing has come regarding diversity—and how much further it needs to go.