Publishers Weekly

HMH Trade Forms Audiobook Unit

The newly formed HMH Audio will release its first titles this fall and plans to release 75 titles annually drawn from its adult and young reader lists.

Lethem Teams with Bill Henderson for Reprint Series

Bill Henderson, founder of the Pushcart Press and the Pushcart Prize, has teamed with novelist Jonathan Lethem to start Lethem’s Legends, a series that will reprint selected out-of-print works.

Amazon Scraps HQ2 Plans for LIC

Amazon will no longer build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, following grassroots resistance from New Yorkers and adverse reactions from some lawmakers and unions.

Baseball Hall Swings for the Bookshelves

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., has partnered with Valerie Tomaselli and MTM Publishing "to develop its own books and place them in the publishing marketplace."

Verso to Debut New Fiction Line in Fall 2019

Verso Books, an independent publisher of works on radical politics, is launching Verso Fiction, a new imprint focused on translated fiction that will release its first two titles in the fall of 2019.

Open Road Finds A New Path

Many startups launched during the beginning of publishing’s digital transformation pivoted to find a way to actually earn a profit. That's exactly what Open Road Integrated Media is up to by devoting more resources to promoting e-book editions of backlist titles from other publishers.

Callaway Makes Sure You'll Remember Its Books

Remember Madonna’s 'Sex,' the 1992 succès de scandale that shook the publishing world? Or the Miss Spider books, TV series, and app? Both, and more, are the brainchildren of Nicholas Callaway, founder and CEO of Callaway Arts & Entertainment, which turns 40 this year.

Vivendi Buys Editis

The French media giant adds the second-largest French-language publishing group to its portfolio.

What Will Happen to Dan Mallory?

William Morrow is standing by Dan Mallory, author of the bestseller 'The Woman in the Window,' after a 'New Yorker' article detailed how he repeatedly lied to colleagues and superiors for years as he rose up the ranks in publishing.

Vintage Español Is Bringing Basque Noir to the U.S.

Eva García Sáenz de Urturi, born in Victoria, Spain, burst onto the crime fiction scene with the publication of "El silencio de la ciudad blanca" (The silence of the white city) in 2016.

HMH Trade in Realignment

An HMH spokesperson said the realignment included "a limited set of position eliminations, as well as the creation of new roles to meet our business goals."

RH Names Combined Teams in Several Departments

Random House took more steps to streamline its operations since its merger with Crown, naming new combined teams for the public relations and marketing; art; and finance, subsidiary rights, and publishing operations departments.

PRH Closing Spiegel & Grau Imprint

After nearly 14 years of publishing, Spiegel & Grau, the celebrated imprint launched by successful editors Cindy Spiegel & Julie Grau, is being shuttered. With the closure, the imprint's eponymous founders are leaving Penguin Random House.

Jay Asher Sues SCBWI for Defamation

The 'Thirteen Reasons Why' author has filed a lawsuit against the Society of Children’s Book Writers, as well as the group’s executive director, Lin Oliver, over their allegations of sexual harassment.

Wattpad Launches Publishing Division

Wattpad Books will be headed by Ashleigh Gardner and its first list, to be released this fall, will feature six young adult titles.

Graphic Arts Books Rebrands as West Margin Press

The new name for the indie press signals a new direction for the company. “We want to make room for more voices, increasingly engaging visuals, and an expansive view of the world within our house,” said publishing director Jennifer Newens.