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A regular Friday feature of CCC’s podcast series, “The Publishing Week Ahead With Publishers Weekly” previews the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday. CCC’s Chris Kenneally checks in with Andrew Albanese, PW’s Features Editor, as well as a range of PW writers, experts and editors.


Publishers Weekly is the leading publication serving all involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in all formats.

Clicks to Bricks?

Books are the longstanding foundation of Amazon’s e-commerce retailing experience. Last fall, ahead of the holiday shopping season, Amazon moved beyond one-click shopping and opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle. This week, signs pointed to many more such physical storefronts to follow. “While discussing the fourth quarter results of shopping mall developer General Growth […]

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Amazon and The Empty Storefronts Mystery

At the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute meeting this week in Denver, indie booksellers heard their online nemesis Amazon branded a monopolist and a tax evader. Douglas Preston, who has led the Authors United movement to force the Dept of Justice to charge Amazon with antitrust violations, even told ABA members that the company is […]

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The Threat From Amazon

On Wednesday, January 27, in Washington, the New America think tank plans an open discussion on “Amazon’s Book Monopoly : A Threat to Freedom of Expression?” with author Scott Turow and Smashwords founder Mark Coker,” among others. New America says it is “committed to the solution of public problems” and clearly for many authors, Amazon […]

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Librarians Face “Quiet” 2016

The new year has opened quietly for the book world, but particularly in the e-book market. Barring the unexpected, 2016 sizes up as a period uninterrupted by game-changing new devices and disruptive business models. Even in these tranquil times, though, the winds of change are blowing. In the nation’s libraries, e-book circulation continue their climb, […]

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Supreme Appeals

William Howard Taft, the only American ever to serve both as President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, noted that “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” That longevity has a lot to do with the lasting influence of important court rulings, and a little to […]

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Votes Tallied for Best 2016 Political Books

Much is made of television debates and social media for their influence on voters, but even in the election of 2016, books remain critical. Those willing to read more than 140 characters are rewarded with insights and analysis beyond sound bites and gotcha moments gone viral. Publishers Weekly’s annual Spring Announcements – coming in the December 21 issue – lists the titles that get the editors’ votes.

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Stocks No Place For Books

The stock market is no place to be if you’re in the bookselling business. This week, one listed company vanished from the trading roster, and another saw its share price fall as fast as a dropped copy of War & Peace. The nation’s largest bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has reported that its most recent […]

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PW’s Publishing Person of the Year

Literary figures as disparate as Germaine Greer and Hunter S. Thompson, Bret Easton Ellis and Margaret Thatcher, appear together on his publishing resume. Now, Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Alfred A Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, can add “Publishers Weekly’s Person of the Year” to that lengthy roster of achievement. “In an age of constant change […]

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National Book Award Winners Include Johnson, Coates

Johnson, Coates, Lewis, and Shusterman. You’re forgiven for mistaking them as a white-shoe law firm representing authors or publishers in yet another high-stake copyright infringement case. Indeed, novelist Adam Johnson, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, poet Robin Coste Lewis and young adult author Neal Shusterman are all winners for 2015 of the National Book Awards. “I’ve mentioned […]

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The Trouble With E-books

The notion that we live in publishing’s digital age faces a new challenge. Earlier this year, we learned that print may be getting a second wind. This week, the latest sales numbers from leading publishers show a decline in e-books. “The big question is, What is up with e-books?—or I should say, down with e-books? […]

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