Publishers Weekly

A New Playbook At First Book

The D.C.-based organization is looking for ways to keep up with demand for the books it's been putting into the hands of children in need since 1992.

Dutton Will Drop Linda Fairstein

The PRH imprint and author have terminated their publishing relationship, a representative of the imprint has confirmed.

Viking, Penguin, Pamela Dorman Team to Offer Lifestyle Books

Penguin Random House units Viking, Penguin Books, and Pamela Dorman Books will team up to create a new publishing program across all three imprints that will specialize in inspiration, lifestyle, healthy living, and personal development.

Kickstarter Campaign for Book on Abortion Surpasses Goal

Haymarket Books will publish an anthology of fiction, poetry, and literary essays in 2020 after a successful Kickstarter campaign enabled its editor to pay the permission fees required to reprint iconic writings about abortion.

Chronicle Books Forms Chronicle Chroma

Beginning this fall, Chronicle Chroma will publish books on the visual arts and pop culture, and will be headed by Steve Crist and Gloria Fowler.

Amazon Publishing Turns 10

Since its launch in 2009, Amazon’s publishing group has developed a backlist of 10,000 titles, and 40 of its authors have reached more than one million readers each.

'Mueller Report' Has Third Bestseller

Melville House’s mass market paperback edition of 'The Mueller Report' sold 13,538 copies in its first week on sale at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, easily making it BookScan’s top-selling mass market paperback last week.

FSG Nabs Chelsea Manning's Memoir

Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish Chelsea Manning's memoir in winter 2020. Acquiring editor Colin Dickerman said the memoir “will, for the first time, allow readers to experience the full depth, breadth, and weight of her journey."

Publishers Turn to Chapbooks to Create Buzz

In an increasingly digital era, a handful of publishers are opting for a decidedly analog marketing tool for some of their bigger titles: the chapbook.

Patreon Looks to Satisfy Creators and Investors

The membership-powered crowdfunding has added new service tiers and pricing beginning this month for new members, including new pro and premium levels designed for high-volume creative projects.

Rhode Island ACLU Sues Over Tax Law that Discriminates Against Nonfiction Authors

The suit revolves around a 2013 law designed to help creative workers in the state by offering authors, composers and artists in Rhode Island a sales tax exemption. But in a bizarre twist, the state’s tax officials have ruled that the tax break applies only to authors of fiction, because nonfiction is not “creative and original.”

New Owner and Management Team for David R. Godine

Longtime Boston publisher David R. Godine is stepping down at the end of the year from his eponymous publishing house, and new owner William N. Thorndike is already beginning to shape the press.

Chronicle Books Creates New Audio Unit

Chronicle Books is partnering with Hachette Audio to create audiobooks that, for the first time, will be marketed under the Chronicle Books brand.

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