Publishers Weekly

Norton Halts Shipments of Blake Bailey's Roth Biography

Norton has temporarily halted the shipment and promotion of Blake Bailey's 'Philip Roth: The Biography' following allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the author by a number of women. On Monday, Bailey’s literary agency, the Story Factory, dropped the author when those allegations first surfaced.

Karp Defends Pence, Post Hill Decisions

After some employees began circulating a petition urging S&S to drop Post Hill Press as a distribution client and to cancel its publishing deal with former Vice President Mike Pence, CEO Jonathan Karp said the publisher will continue serving as Post Hill's distributor and will move forward with plans to publish the Pence memoir.

Brandeis University Press Expands with UPNE Backlist

Brandeis University Press has acquired the University Press of New England's backlist, and plans to use the titles to support its own expansion into some genres that have been underserved since UPNE’s closure.

Disney Reimagines Its Book Business

With Hyperion Avenue, the media giant gets back into adult publishing and makes a new effort to find books that can take advantage of its myriad platforms.

How Bookishness Affects the Book Biz

The fetishization of books as a vibe sells iPhone cases that look like leatherbound tomes and clothing with literary designs. But does it actually sell books? Book business insiders weigh in.

S&S Will Not Distribute Breonna Taylor's Shooter's Book

Simon & Schuster will not distribute a book by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of two Louisville, Ky., police officers that shot six bullets that killed Breonna Taylor. The book's publisher, Post Hill Press, is a distribution client of S&S.

Doubleday Expands into Wellness and Self-Help

The Doubleday division of Penguin Random House is expanding its nonfiction list to include wellness and self-help titles. The first titles are expected to be published in 2023.

Zando Announces Its First Book Acquisition

Zando, launched by former Crown publisher Molly Stern six months ago, announced its first acquisition, a reference guide written by a prominent psychiatrist affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The Changing Role of Publishing's Sales Reps

By most accounts, 2020 was not a good year for publishers’ sales representatives. But with the number of vaccinations rising and schools and businesses beginning to reopen in much of the country, reps are optimistic about the future. Still, things won't be quite the same.

Book Club Picks for April 2021

This month's selections range from B&N's choice of 'The Five Wounds' by Kirstin Valdez Quade to Oprah's Book Club's selection of Marilynne Robinson's 'Gilead' novels.