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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.

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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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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