Publishers Weekly

Quercus US Renamed Mobius

Quercus US, the U.S. arm of the U.K.-based publisher, is being rebranded as Mobius. The house will publish titles from across all Hachette UK lists in the U.S., beginning with titles from Hodder, Headline, John Murray Press, and Quercus.

Will Robots Make the Next Big Bestsellers?

In November, around 100 coders and creative writers are expected to take the National Novel Generation Month challenge, generating 50,000-word novels via articifical intelligence.

Ross Retires, Spence Steps Up at Regnery

Marji Ross is retiring from Regnery Publishing on January 1, 2020, after a 20-year run at the house. Tom Spence, senior editor at Regnery and publisher of its Gateway imprint, will assume the role of president and publisher.

Barnes & Noble Will Seek to Dismiss Ex-CEO’s Defamation Claim

If successful, the move for summary judgment would narrow the scope of any future trial, B&N attorneys say, and more importantly knock out a claim for which former CEO Demos Parneros is said to be seeking roughly $70 million in damages.

HMH Will Cut Workforce by 8%

As part of a financial update released last week, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said it plans to eliminate about 8% of its workforce in another effort to align its operations with its business objectives.

OR/M Delivers Huge Boost to Book Sales

Through its data-driven Ignition marketing program, OR/M has skyrocketed print and e-book sales for its publishing partners. (Sponsored)

To Sell More Books, S&S Hits the Road

The S&S Selects PrePub Tour sends authors of books due out next season from Simon & Schuster’s five adult imprints across the country to schmooze with literary tastemakers around the country.

PEN America Launches Six Regional Chapters

The free expression nonprofit has opened six regional chapters across the United States in order to spread the reach of its advocacy for freedom of speech beyond the coasts.

Number of Self-Published Titles Jumped 40% in 2018

The number of books self-published in the 2018 jumped 40% over 2017, according to Bowker’s annual survey of the self-publishing market. More than 1.6 million books were self-published last year.

HBG Launches Hachette Go

Hachette's new imprint, to launch next March, will publish books in a variety of nonfiction categories that are geared to help readers change their lives for the better.

A House Author Gets His Due

William Kent Krueger’s career arc is an example of what publishers claim they want to do but find it increasingly hard to accomplish: grow an author.

Lucy Hale Departs in Hachette UK Restructuring

Lucy Hale, deputy CEO of Hodder & Stoughton, leaves as Hachette UK creates a new trade publishing structure and divisional managing directors join its board.

2019 NBA Finalists Announced

The finalists for the five categories have been named, and the winner in each category will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 20.