Publishers Weekly

The Years and Their Books: A Century of Bestsellers

Occasionally, bestselling books show a remarkable connection to current events. Here's a sampling of some of the most fascinating juxtapositions between title and time since ‘PW’ started tracking bestsellers.

Celebrating C&T Publishing’s 40th Anniversary

The preeminent publisher of quilting patterns and techniques reflects on nearly 40 successful years, adds titles in different genres, and looks to the future. (Sponsored)

From the Archive: April 17, 1943

In April 1943, Doubleday, Doran announced the publication of a book about the coming Allied invasion of Europe, set to be released that June 4—almost a year to the day before the actual invasion.

Authors and Booksellers Mobilize for Midterm Voters

Writers for Democratic Action, an organization of some 2,600 authors, is mobilizing its membership in a campaign called Book the Vote. WDA will facilitate nonpartisan voter registration for the 2022 midterm election, working with authors, bookstores, and libraries to educate voters about their home states’ voting procedures.

Random House, Sugar23 Partner to Launch Sugar23 Book Imprint

Random House has joined with Sugar23, a TV/film and content management and media production house, to launch Sugar23 Books, a co-branded publishing imprint that will develop and release titles in partnership with a variety of imprints at the Random House division.

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.