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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.

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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Amazon Books, From Clicks to Bricks

The future of bookselling would seem headed toward a single vanishing point: online, and specifically, Amazon. But recent developments raise hopes for publishers and readers that there will be alternatives. According to the American Booksellers Association, the number of indie stories is growing rather than declining. In Seattle, though, the city’s newest bookstore near the […]

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A Supreme Appeal for Apple

Thursday was deadline day for Apple to file its petition with the Supreme Court appealing a series of rulings that found the Cupertino, California company had violated anti-trust laws and conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. The lawyers made it under the wire and now await word from the nation’s highest court on the […]

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Book World Salary Survey Find Lower Pay, Higher Job Security

Editorial staff who responded to the annual Publishers Weekly industry survey have a knack for reconciling contradictory aspects of their work. For example, they self-reported compensation that on average fell 18% for men and 16% for women from 2014 levels. Yet three out of five said they were very confident or extremely confident about the […]

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In Frankfurt, Rushdie Battles War on Free Speech

In an address to the press conference opening the Frankfurt Book Fair, author Salman Rushdie extolled freedom of speech and expression as a basic human right, common to all and not limited to a few. He also cast the book world as under siege and worried that the enemy may have an edge. “Publishing is […]

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Quiet In The Library, Please, Deals Being Made

The quiet in the library these days is reserved for the reading rooms. In the library business world, there is anything but silence. Whether they are public, corporate or institutional facilities, libraries are witnessing wide-scale change as they move from a physical function as a knowledge warehouse to providing information management systems in the digital […]

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After 28 Years, Librarian of Congress Retires

The year was 1987. The Iran-Iraq war raged on; the US and Soviet Union agreed to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons; and the first Simpsons television cartoons aired. Also in 1987, President Ronald Reagan swore into office James Billington as the Librarian of Congress. On Wednesday, at the age of 86, Billington retired after […]

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Oyster May Become Google’s Pearl

Subscription services abound online, for music as well as video and film. In recent years, various start-ups also have vied for a role as “the Netflix for books.” Of those who’ve made a mark – Oyster and Scribd, to name two – success has proven a double-edge sword. In early summer, Scribd announced it would […]

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Second Author Solutions Suit Ends Like the First

Where do we go to get our reputation back? That’s the question executives at independent publishing service provider Author Solutions are likely asking. A pair of lawsuits by authors alleging fraudulent business practices at Authors Solutions have recently ended, though doubts about the company will likely linger, says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “The […]

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