Publishers Weekly

Melville House Publishing Turns 20

When Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians founded Melville House 20 years ago, they had no idea their small press would eventually become one of the country’s most respected independent publishers. Yet here they are.

From the Archive: February 9, 1918

In February 1918, Little, Brown touted the success of a new book about WWI—in spite of freight delays and other supply chain problems.

Publishing Remains Predictably Unpredictable, says Ingram

The trends most likely to impact book publishers in 2022 include higher costs resulting from supply chain disruptions, and book consumers continuing to shift toward online shopping and digital content consumption.

PRH Sales Reorg Puts More Resources into Indie Bookstores

Penguin Random House has reorganized and expanded its independent bookselling sales teams and created a new sales group to sell adult titles from PRH distribution clients to indie accounts. The change is being made, the publisher said, to deepen its relationships with independent booksellers.

Andy Hunter Steps Down at Catapult

Andy Hunter, one of the book business's foremost jacks of all trades, will step down from his position as publisher of Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press on February 18, with COO Alyson Forbes set to step into the role of interim publisher.

Publishers, Agencies Start Receiving Subpoenas as DoJ-PRH Case Ramps

As Penguin Random House and the Department of Justice continue to prepare for an August trial in which PRH hopes to block the government’s effort to kill its acquisition of Simon & Schuster, professionals throughout the industry are finding themselves pulled into the legal fray.

From the Archive: February 5, 1921

This week we’ve got a 1921 cover advertisement from Alfred A. Knopf, thanking the industry for its support of his then-new Borzoi Books.

Jamie Raab Steps Down as President of Celadon

Jamie Raab has stepped down as president of Celadon Books to become publisher-at-large at Macmillan. Deb Futter will be Celadon's new president and publisher. Raab and Futter launched Celadon together in 2017.

The History of FSG in Verse

The FSG Poetry Anthology, which pubbed in November, looks back at the press’s formidable poetry list.

Girl Power, Book Power

Publishers discuss how their new and upcoming titles consider the needs of women and girls.

From the Archive: January 18, 1872

In the first installment of our yearlong weekly series presenting articles from the 'PW' archive, we have the first page of the first story in the first issue of 'Publishers Weekly,' from Jan. 18, 1872.