Publishers Weekly

'Heavy Metal' Gets Its Mojo Back

In a scenario worthy of the influential magazine’s dystopian science fiction, 'Heavy Metal' announced a big relaunch just in time for a global pandemic that paralyzed retail and distribution. But it's ready to rock again.

‘PW’ Turns 150

On Jan. 18, 1872, the first issue of 'The Weekly Trade Circular' was published. One year later, the magazine was renamed 'The Publishers' Weekly.' Here's how we're celebrating 150 years.

New Morrow Lifestyle Imprint Named Harvest

The new lifestyle imprint formed by HarperCollins following its acquisition of the trade division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be called Harvest.

Harlequin’s New Subscription Service Debuts

Priced at $14.99 per month, Harlequin Plus will offer subscribers monthly book bundles, access to an e-book library, and a regularly updated selection of movies and games.

Inspired Publishing: Close-up on Christy Ottaviano Books

PW sat down with Christy Ottaviano, vice president and publisher of Christy Ottaviano Books, to talk about her new eponymous imprint, the type of books she wants to publish, and what she's planning for the year to come.(Sponsored)

A New Era for the 'Rumpus'

Alyson Sinclair is the new owner of online literary publication the Rumpus, acquiring it from Marisa Siegel, its former managing editor and owner since 2017. Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn has been named editor-in-chief.

Barnes & Noble Unveils Union Square & Company

Approximately one year after Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt tapped Emily Meehan to reinvent the retailer’s publishing operation, Meehan has unveiled a new name for the company and a host of new initiatives.

After a Good 2021, Pietsch Sees Some Lingering Issues

In a letter welcoming the Hachette Book Group staff back from the holiday break, CEO Michael Pietsch called 2021 “a very successful year for HBG," while also noting that challenges such as supply chain disruptions and return-to-office uncertainties didn't end with the arrival of a new year.

Big Deals Highlighted 2021 Acquisitions

The industry’s consolidation trend continued in 2021 with several large buys, including London-based Clarivate’s purchase of ProQuest for $5.3 billion.

Authors Win $7.8 Million Default Judgment in Global Piracy Lawsuit

A federal judge has issued a default judgment against a major overseas e-book piracy operation known as the KISS Library. In addition to a permanent injunction barring the service from operating, the court also awarded the plaintiffs the maximum amount of damages under the law, totaling some $7.8 million.

A Christian Call to End Racism

New books from Christian publishers are moving beyond urging readers to look inward and speak up for marginalized groups with actionable items and tangible goals for creating a more inclusive and just future.

Battle of the Beatles Books

Taking a look at two titles for Beatlemaniacs in a year that found a renewed appetite among readers for books about the Fab Four.

Authors Guild Fights School Book Bans

The Authors Guild has launched a National Letter Writing campaign, asking its 11,000 members and supporters to send emails and letters to school boards, lawmakers, and newspapers arguing that banning books harms students.

August 1 Trial Date Set for DoJ Case Against PRH to Begin

In a hearing December 14, attorneys for Penguin Random House and the Department of Justice agreed to a schedule that sets August 1, 2022, as the start date for the DoJ’s case to block PRH’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster.

Cuomo Ordered to Forfeit Book Earnings

In a crowning blow, disgraced former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been ordered by state ethics officials to fork over roughly $5.1 million in earnings from his 2020 pandemic memoir 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.'

PRH Fires Back at the DoJ's Effort to Stop Its S&S Purchase

Penguin Random House is disputing the U.S. Department of Justice's main argument in the government's lawsuit to block PRH’s acquisition of S&S, namely that the merger would lead to "substantial harm to authors of anticipated top-selling books and ultimately, consumers.”