Publishers Weekly

From the Archive: April 16, 1973

In April 1973, Grosset & Dunlap, which is now a Penguin children’s imprint, announced the impending publication of a very adult book: Norman Mailer’s biography of Marilyn Monroe.

Paper Shortage, Workforce Issues Tackled in Webinar

The publishing industry faces continuing supply chain issues and paper shortages, while another set of challenges has appeared in early 2022, in the form of employee resignations and work-life balance issues.

Lonely Planet Blends Print, QR Codes in New Experience Guidebooks

Lonely Planet has launched a set of travel guides featuring “pull-out city maps, gatefold maps, and QR codes to unlock additional digital content from the Lonely Planet website.” Guides to Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, and Scotland roll out this spring.

From the Archive: April 8, 2002

Twenty years ago, Oprah Winfrey ended the first incarnation of Oprah’s Book Club, which made its authors instant bestsellers.

Z2 Comics Has Found Its Groove

The independent graphic novel publisher, which evolved into its current business model in 2019, is forging a different path to market than many of its competitors while sticking closely to the aesthetics that hardcore comic fans know and love.

LGBTQ Books Removed from Target.com

On March 25, word started to spread on Twitter that a multitude of LGBTQ books—many of them by debut authors—were inexplicably missing from Target’s website, despite a number of the titles having previously been listed for pre-order.

From the Archive: March 30, 1998

This summer, the courts will rule on Bertelsmann subsidiary PRH’s planned purchase of Simon & Schuster. But 24 years ago, the industry was agape over Bertelsmann’s acquisition of Random House.

PM Press Decamps for Binghamton

Radical independent publisher PM Press has bought a 17,000-square-foot warehouse in Binghamton, N.Y., and no longer calls Oakland, Calif., its home base.

HarperWave Rides Wellness Surge

A decade ago, health, wellness, and lifestyle publishing veterans Karen Rinaldi and Julie Will set out to disrupt “the old paradigm of diet-and-workout books”—and offered HarperCollins something it was missing in the process.

HBG Diversity Efforts Continue in Hiring and New Partnerships

In its annual update on its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, Hachette Book Group reported that BIPOC employees comprised 35.4% of its workforce last year, up from 32.9% in 2020. The company also announced four new partnerships it has signed to support writers and publishing professionals from underrepresented backgrounds.

What Happened to Marilyn Monroe?: PW Talks with Anthony Summers

We spoke with investigative journalist Anthony Summers about the revised edition of his book 'Goddess: the Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe,' what new things the public will learn about Monroe and the Kennedys from its Netflix adaptation, and more.

Grady Named to Expanded Role at Chronicle

Chronicle Books has appointed Lynn Grady group publisher for a newly formed division that will encompass Princeton Architectural Press alongside the recently launched imprints Chronicle Prism and Chronicle Chroma.

Celebrating 75 Years: Close-up Globe Pequot

Globe Pequot publisher Judith Schnell spoke to PW about the company’s longevity, what’s new across the company’s numerous imprints, and how Globe is celebrating its 75th. (Sponsored)

Ben Okri, Booker Winner, Comes to Other Press

For over 30 years, Nigerian writer Ben Okri has been at the forefront of international literature, but has not attained widespread name recognition in the United States. Other Press wants that to change.

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