It’s that time of year already: Publishers Weekly has put together its list of the best books of 2011.
How’s the traffic for Tina Brown and Barry Diller’s Daily Beast? According to John Koblin, "It seems the early curiosity and endless pitching on television that gave the site its big start aren’t enough to keep numbers up: they had fallen 17 percent by the end of December from their November heights, according to Read More
“I think these people are rock stars, I always did,” Sara Nelson said. “I think they’re cool. I’m much more interested in hearing about what’s going on in Sonny Mehta’s head than I am in George Clooney’s.”
This was Friday afternoon, and Ms. Nelson, 52, was in her office at Publishers Weekly, where until Read More
The New York Times reports the astonishing news that Sara Nelson, the editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly, has been laid off amid a restructuring at troubled parent company Reed Business International (RBI) that will see a 7% staff reduction.
Over the course of her four years at Publishers Weekly, Ms. Nelson has come to Read More
There’s something charming about Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief Sara Nelson referring to the book publishing community in her weekly column as "BookLand." And it’s not only the word’s playful and bold internal capitalization, or the fact that it spares her readers painful phrases like "publishing observers" and "editors, publishers, and agents alike"– it also casts her Read More
A review in Publisher’s Weekly tends to be a book’s first—some of the titles in last week’s issue won’t be on sale until the end of September—and for this reason, the dozens of reviews printed there each week, at about 200 words, are regarded as influential.
A “starred review” is a prize—a guarantee, almost, that Read More
Reed Elsevier, the UK company that owns Publisher’s Weekly and Variety, is selling off its magazine division, according to trade site The Bookseller.
The Bookseller reports:
The company’s LexisNexis business posted adjusted operating profits of £406m, an increase of 7% on 2006′s £380m, while Elsevier posted a 3% increase in adjusted operating Read More
As Christmas week staggers on, Publishers Weekly looks back at some of the most striking book covers of the year, pulling ten entries from its weekly-ish "Jackets Required" feature and getting a few design experts and booksellers to weigh in.
Millard Kaufman’s Bowl of Cherries, designed by McSweeney’s M.E. Eli Horowitz, gets a mention, as Read More
Publishers Weekly has gone poll-crazy in the last few weeks. First, they asked: “April is National Poetry Month. When was the last time you bought a book of poems?” Judging by the results, most of us haven’t purchased any verse since high school. Not so shocking, right? Well, check out their latest survey – Read More
Gentle and enchanted, the 24 stories of Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s latest collection, are frequently brief, unassuming and understated—but never flat or vacant. Mr. Murakami presents new variations on familiar preoccupations: brooding mid-20’s or -30’s male narrators, adulterous lovers, and a panorama of jazz records, cats, whiskey and well-furnished apartments.
Many Read More