Publishers Weekly

Oprah's Book Club Reimagined Via Partnership with Apple

Through a deal with Apple, titles selected for the club will be promoted in the tech giant's bookstore, and authors of those books selected will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in a new series that will stream on Apple's new streaming service, Apple TV+.

Publishers Say Audible’s ‘Captions’ Defense ‘Makes No Sense’

In filings made September 20, lawyers for publishers rejected Audible's suggestion that the dispute over Captions is a contract issue, and argued that the program, if allowed to include their works, would clearly infringe their copyrights and cause 'irreparable' harm.

Baker & Taylor Adds 12 New Clients

Baker & Taylor Publisher Services has signed 12 new sales and distribution partner agreements, including five Christian publishers.

Can of Worms Fast Tracks Holocaust Survivor's Memoir

This fall, U.K. publisher Can of Worms is publishing a memoir by an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor that it acquired this past spring at the London Book Fair from hybrid publisher White River Press.

DOJ Files Suit to Seize Proceeds from Snowden Memoir

The U.S. Justice Department this week filed suit against former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden and his publisher, Macmillan, looking to seize Snowden's proceeds from his new memoir, arguing that the manuscript violates nondisclosure agreements Snowden signed.

Crunchyroll Takes Majority Stake in Viz Media Europe

The streaming, publishing, and distribution platform offering online global access to anime, manga, and other Asian pop content, has acquired a majority interest in Viz Media Europe Group, a key distributor of manga and anime in Europe.

Big Pubs Have Mixed First Half of 2019

The first six months of 2019 were something of a mixed bag for trade publishers whose financial results are publicly reported.

Arcadia Acquires Wildsam

Arcadia Publishing, the hyper-local book publisher, has acquired Wildsam, publisher of the Wildsam Field Guides series.

Baen Books, RBmedia Partner On Audiobooks

Independent science fiction and fantasy publisher Baen Books has partnered with audiobook company RBmedia for an audiobook program. Under the agreement, the two companies will publish more than 170 audiobooks over the next three years.

A Publishing Factory Grows in Brooklyn

Affordable rents and the ever-burgeoning Brooklyn literary community have drawn indie presses to the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus.

AAP Suit Seeks to Block Implementation of Audible Captions

The Association of American Publishers has filed suit in a bid to stop Audible from moving ahead with its plans to implement its Audible Captions program. Under Captions, Audible will transcribe a book’s audio in order to create text that will run along with the audio, something publishers see as copyright infringement.

With Controversial New Deal, Is Regan Arts Back in Business?

It's been nearly a year and a half since Judith Regan's most recent publishing venture, Regan Arts, faded from view. With a just-announced acquisition—a book by disgraced author/journalist Mark Halperin about President Trump's 2020 election prospects—industry insiders are wondering whether Regan is trying to get back to, and in, business.

Romance Book Club Drives Avon Impulse Sales

Olivia Waite's 'The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics' hits a third printing following its selection as the featured title in an annual book club event held by a Los Angeles bookstore.

Knopf Goes Back to Print with Morrison

Following the Nobel Laureate's death, her publisher will print 225,000 new copies total of her books to meet increasing demand.

Senators Question Educational Publishers’ Data Collection Practices

An August 12 letter, signed by three U.S. senators, raised concerns that the data harvested by digital educational publishers “could pose a serious risk to students, parents, and educational institutions" if "stolen, collected, or sold without their permission.”