Publishers Weekly

People of Color in Publishing Addresses Book Biz Burnout

In a May 20 panel, four young publishing professionals discussed workloads for lower-level staffers in publishing, a growing dissatisfaction among a new generation of book business workers, and more.

Archie Comics Navigates the Pandemic

Despite the pandemic, shutdowns, and supply chain problems, Archie Comics had one of its best years in 2021, its 80th-anniversary year.

Random House Brings Licensed Titles Under One Roof

Random House has created a new imprint dedicated to licensed book publishing. Starting in 2023, Random House Worlds will house Random House’s adult licensed titles under the direction of Keith Clayton, v-p, deputy publisher of Del Rey, who will also serve as publishing director of Random House Worlds.

The 'Atlantic' to Launch Book Imprint with Zando

Atlantic Editions, a book imprint developed in partnership with independent publisher Zando, will publish its first titles, penned by 'Atlantic' writers, in January 2023.

From the Archive: March 31, 1997

In May 1997, Amazon went public with a stock price of $18 per share. Weeks earlier, we reported on its prospectus, detailing its 1996 performance.

Court Deals Setback to First Amendment Suit Against Elizabeth Warren

In her ruling, Federal judge Barbara Rothstein eviscerated claims that a letter Senator Elizabeth Warren sent to Amazon expressing concern over the e-tailer’s role in spreading Covid-19 misinformation constituted a government attack on the First Amendment rights of the case's plaintiffs, publisher Chelsea Green and its authors.

Wowing Young Readers: Close-up on Union Square Kids

It’s full steam ahead for Union Square Kids. The publisher’s dynamic line of children’s, middle grade, and YA titles includes well-established authors and illustrators and new voices alike. Editorial director Tracey Keevan shares the vision behind Union Square Kids, its publishing aspirations, and a few of the many standout titles on the horizon. (Sponsored)

Surprising and Inspiring Readers: Close-up on Union Square & Co.

Since launching in January of this year, Union Square & Co. has established itself as a publisher of broad-ranging, unique, and enriching titles across multiple categories and genres. Whether it’s publishing fresh and authentic voices in fantasy, cookbooks, or anything in between, Union Square & Co.’s line of titles surprises and inspires. Editorial director Amanda Englander spoke about what sets Union Square & Co. apart and the many exciting projects on tap. (Sponsored)

AAP Annual Meeting Spotlights Copyright, First Amendment Concerns

While much is going right for the book business, HBG CEO and AAP chair Michael Pietsch said that, in the current moment, publishing is dealing with “the biggest set of simultaneous challenges our industry has faced in a generation," which include "outrageous book bans" and "unrelenting" efforts to weaken copyright.

From the Archive: May 1, 1909

More than a century ago, with a new copyright code set to go into effect on July 1, 1909, 'The Publishers Weekly' devoted nearly four pages to describing the intricacies of the updated plan.

Unnamed Press Prepares for Transition

The pending departure of Unnamed Press executive editor Olivia Taylor Smith for Simon & Schuster is just the latest development for the edgy Los Angeles independent press.

Authors Condemn Forthcoming OUP Title

A book by Australian academic Dr. Holly Lawford-Smith, 'Gender-Critical Feminism,' has led a group of authors to mount a campaign criticizing Oxford University Press's decision to publish a title they say encourages anti-trans rhetoric.

Debut Novel About Ukraine Receives Attention, Acclaim

Kalani Pickhart's debut novel, set in Ukraine in 2013 and 2014 amid protests against its corrupt then-president, is experiencing strong sales and media attention, leading its publisher, Two Dollar Radio, to push up print runs.

Celebrating 20 Years: Close-up on Quirk Books

As it celebrates 20 years of championing unconventional, entertaining, and high-concept titles that ignite readers’ imaginations, the team at Quirk Books talked with PW about the company's first two decades, what’s in store for the future, and what makes the Quirk brand tick. (Sponsored)

Nanjing and Its Many Stories

Introducing Ye Zhaoyan’s Nanjing: The Story of a Chinese City and other unique Nanjing-specific titles from Phoenix Publishing and Media Group. (Sponsored)