Publishers Weekly

Biblioasis's 'Ducks' is an Unexpected Hit

'Ducks, Newburyport' by Lucy Ellmann, a 1,040-page novel narrated in a single, unending sentence, is a surprise bestseller. Biblioasis, the North American publisher, has gone back to print twice to meet demand.

Poisoned Pen Launches Horror Classics Line

Just in time for Halloween, Poisoned Pen Press, the Sourcebooks mystery imprint, has announced a new line, the Haunted Library of Horror Classics, which will debut in January 2020.

Minneapolis Literary Presses Celebrate Successes

It has been a week of celebration for the Twin Cities' most prominent literary nonprofit presses, as Graywolf marks 45 years with a major fundraising campaign, and Coffee House and Milkweed experience record sales.

With New Leaders, Godine Poised to Grow

David R. Godine, Publisher is in the midst of a transformation that includes 75-year-old David R. Godine stepping down as publisher at year’s end from the press that he founded five decades ago.

What’s Next for Audible Captions?

A federal judge is set to weigh in on whether the controversial audiobook program amounts to copyright infringement—and publishers are feeling good about their chances. But should they?

'NYT' Shifts Its Lists Again

The 'New York Times Book Review' is making a slew of changes to its bestseller lists, both in print and online, including a slimming of some of its print lists from 15 to 10 titles, and the return of two much-loved lists.

Hearst Creates Two Book Imprints

Hearst Magazines has announced the launch of two new illustrated lifestyle book imprints, Hearst Home and Hearst Kids, which are designed to take advantage of the media company’s portfolio of brands.

New PEN America Report Condemns Prison Book Bans

In the wake of a series of recent reports on book banning in the nation’s prison systems, PEN America has released a new policy report that condemns the practice and issues an urgent call for reform.

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.