Publishers Weekly

15 New and Forthcoming Indie Press Gems

You may be stuck at home, but you can still expand your literary horizons. It's a golden age for small, independent presses working to cultivate great writers and to push our literary boundaries. PW rounds up some of the best new and forthcoming books published by a range of standout small presses.

NEA Offering $75 Million to Nonprofits to Save Jobs

The National Endowment for the Arts is now taking applications for $75 million in grants to nonprofit arts organizations to combat job losses related to Covid-19. Grants are fixed at $50,000 for individual nonprofits.

PRH UK Starts Furloughs

Penguin Random House UK is the latest U.K. publisher to take cost out of the business in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Concerns Prompt Cost Cuts

The steady erosion of book sales is impacting all parts of publishing as the Covid-19 pandemic tightens its grip of the U.S.

New Works by Writers with Disabilities Hit Publisher Lists

For the first time, a spate of new and forthcoming titles written by people with disabilities across the United States suggests that the publishing industry may finally be amplifying their voices and stories.

New Releases Struggle to Find an Audience

Last week, six new adult fiction titles were among NPD BookScan's top 50 print bestsellers. Three weeks ago, 15 new releases made the top 50 list. The situation was similar for new adult nonfiction titles.

Macmillan Lays Off Some Staff, Temporarily Cuts Some Salaries

Macmillan Publishers has laid off an undisclosed number of employees across all divisions, temporarily reduced pay for select employees, and implemented a hiring freeze, effective April 2. As a result of the layoffs, the Thomas Dunne imprint has been shuttered.

Bertelsmann Now Owns 100% of PRH

Bertelsmann has completed the acquisition of Pearson's remaining 25% stake in Penguin Random House, making it the sole owner of the world's largest trade publisher.

Turner Unveils New Imprint, Keylight Books

In what it's calling a "prestige imprint," Turner Publishing has announced the launch of Keylight Books, which will release 12 titles annually and focus on publishing fiction that can be adapted into TV, film, and streaming content.

S&S Partners with Bookshop.org

Simon & Schuster has launched a company-wide effort to support the newly established independent bookseller–focused online bookstore Bookshop.org and its affiliate network of independent booksellers.

PubWest to Amazon: Publishing Needs Your Help

PubWest has published an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to support independent publishers by placing a moratorium on certain fees and by making books more of a priority for shipping as soon as possible.

A New Look for a New DK

DK is one of the few publishing brands that is recognized by consumers, so when the company set out to give a new look to its logo as part of a brand redesign, executives didn’t want to stray too far. Here's what they did.

Scholastic Starts Temporary Staffing Reductions

The publisher is looking to reduce labor costs by temporarily closing some distribution centers and implementing measures including a combination of furloughs, shortened work weeks, and voluntary unpaid leave.

Skyhorse Lays Off Nearly Third of Staff

A rapid decrease in sales caused by the new coronavirus and the decision to delay the publication of some titles has caused Skyhorse to let go about 30% of its staff.

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