Hachette Book Group announced on Tuesday that it will buy the publishing division of Perseus Book Group, whose imprints include Running Press, Da Capo, and Weinstein Books. In a comment on publishersweekly.com, Kensginton CEO Steven Zacharius gave his take on the deal:
“The big get bigger and the independent publishers like us have to compete even harder. It’s a shame that this industry has been consolidated to five major publishers and 10 major book accounts with less and less retail space available. On the other hand, it makes us more attractive to many agents and authors because they like to be affiliated with a smaller, nimble company.”
Beloved British author Louise Rennison died on Monday, and fans shared fond memories and farewells on our site:
“So sad. I adored those books and read them over and over. She was a comic genius!”—Kate Hosford
“She easily evoked the memories and feelings of being a teen. The world is a much sadder place without her brilliant wit and sparkling personality.”—Tambra Nicole Kendall
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Amy Parker, author of the linked-story collection Beasts and Children (HMH), picks 10 other great linked-story collections.
Two former publishers pay tribute to British author and comedian Louise Rennison, whose Confessions of Georgia Nicolson books were bestsellers in the U.K. and the U.S.
Self-publishing tips from Andrés Quintero, the architect turned author behind Hairy Harold & His Extraordinary Trip to New York.
The most-read review on publishersweekly.com last week was Barkskins by Annie Proulx (Scribner).
Why more trade publishers should get on board with the Reading Recovery program for struggling early readers.
PW senior writer Andrew Albanese on Hachette’s acquisition of Perseus’s publishing division, and whether the Supreme Court Conference could be the end of the road for Apple’s e-book price-fixing case.
The More to Come crew discuss the “Angouleme Rebellion”: after the recent controversy regarding sexism at France’s Angouleme Comics Festival, 40 French comics publishers demand changes and threaten a boycott.
Katie Chin discusses her new cookbook, Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook (Tuttle).
Prolific children’s book author Bridget Heos discusses her new book, It’s Getting Hot in Here (HMH), which informs kids about global climate change. PW editorial director Jim Milliott explains how Hachette and Ingram finally bought Perseus.
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