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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.

Hoopla And More at BookExpo

Next week, May 28-31, BookExpo America lands at the Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side. The nation’s largest trade show for the book business, BEA is a powerful magnet not only for authors and publishers, but also for librarians who love books – it’s practically a job requirement. The profusion of titles on display at BEA means […]

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Hachette to Amazon: Let’s Rumble

In one corner, Amazon, the heavyweight online retailer; in the other corner, Hachette Book Group, parent of numerous leading imprints including Little, Brown and Company and Grand Central Publishing. In the early rounds of the bout, both sides have taken bruising hits. As the latest to cry foul over Amazon’s strong arm business tactics, however, […]

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Harlequin Is Swept Away

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” For HarperCollins, who announced the purchase this week of romance publisher Harlequin, the ways certainly add up. In the digital age, though, does $415 million buy HarperCollins publishing happiness? “Most book publishing imprints operate as business-facing companies. Consumers generally don’t develop loyalty to imprints, with a […]

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Data That Sells Books

In 2014, data is big – and Big Data is even bigger. From baseball to genetics, mining data for business insights can confirm hunches – or annihilate them. Publishers may have the skills and tools necessary to make data-driven financial and marketing decisions, but how – and how much – will they use them? In […]

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Bookstores For You And Taylor Swift

When Taylor Swift left McNally Jackson, SoHo’s highly-regarded independent bookstores, gossip bloggers and tweeters wondered just what was in the pair of shopping bags she carried out. Whether they were volumes from the feminism and women’s issues section, or romances and thrillers in paperback, the bookstore clerks kept mum. With a Barnes & Noble near her new home in Tribeca, […]

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Riggio Portfolio Shrinks

He may have bookselling in his blood, but Len Riggio, founder of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, now has a lot less of it in his stock portfolio. “This week, we learned that Riggio had sold 3.7 million shares of B&N stock, dropping his stake in the company to about 20 percent,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers […]

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Getting Over The Book

When was the last time you heard that print is dead? Probably it’s been a while. As it turns out, print and digital will co-habit in the book business for some time yet to come. Indeed, earlier this week, a BBC reporter told an important gathering of book publishers something potentially even more alarming: It’s […]

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Millions Of Reasons To Like Apple Case Ruling

E-book readers may soon have 500 million reasons to like a pair of rulings in Judge Denise Cote’s Manhattan federal courtroom this week. The only question is, “how soon?” Moving to the “damages” phase of Apple’s e-book price-fixing case, Judge Cote granted class action status in the state and consumer cases, while she rejected allowing […]

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New Battlefront for Ebooks Case?

In a federal courtroom this week, Judge Denise Cote took on a potential new front in the ongoing e-book antitrust battle. Once again, the claim is e-book price-fixing, though this time the plaintiffs are e-book retailers who say their businesses suffered when Apple and several major publishers sought to lock out price competition. “Both the publishers […]

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A Settlement For Google & Viacom

How many people watch SpongeBob SquarePants every week? The answer depends on the definition of “watch.” SpongeBob is just one of many television programs owned by or under license with Viacom, a global media conglomerate. The popularity of its characters is measured today not only by Nielsen ratings, but also by YouTube views – and thereby hangs […]

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