Publishers Weekly

For 'Harry Potter' fans, an era is ending
July 11, 2011

Friday marks the end of an era. Some, like Warner Bros. executive Dan Fellman, compare its finality to the breakup of the Beatles.

When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the eighth and presumably final film based on the phenom that has sold 450 million books and close to a billion movie tickets, opens this week in theaters from Lahore to Los Angeles, it will be twilight in the Potterverse.

Book lovers are listening to literature as never before
June 29, 2011

In recent years, the tech-savvy 18-to-24 crowd has discovering audiobooks via digital downloads - a potential threat to the traditional audiobook industry, though CD audiobooks remain the backbone of the industry, partly because of massive sales to libraries.

The E-Book Era Is Here: Best Sellers Go Digital
March 21, 2011

Two years? Three years? Five years? It's a parlor game in publishing circles to speculate how long it will take before e-books constitute a majority of their industry's sales in the U.S.

PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Names Panel of Judges, Including Children's Authors
June 9, 2010

June 8, 2010, Arlington, VA – A panel of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as final judges in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, sponsored by PBS KIDS GO! and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their original work.

New Executive Structure at 'PW'
May 17, 2010

George Slowik Jr., who acquired Publishers Weekly last month from Reed Business Information, has named four veterans of the magazine as corporate officers. Publisher Cevin Bryerman, co-editorial directors Jim Milliot and Michael Coffey, and children's book editor Diane Roback will serve as vice-presidents in PWxyz, the entity that now owns PW,, and the BEA, London, and Frankfurt Show Dailies. "I am relying on their expertise, experience, and astounding commitment to the future of this franchise that they've all been part of for many years," said Slowik of the appointees. "Now they are empowered and enabled to act on their ideas, and they have made it very clear to me that it won't be business as usual."

Former Executive Buys Publishers Weekly
April 5, 2010

George Slowik, who was publisher of Publishers Weekly in the 1980s and 1990s, has bought the trade publication from Reed Business Information. The sale was announced in a press release from Mr. Slowik’s new company, called PWxyz, created to house the Publishers’ Weekly magazine, Web site and related assets.

Publishers Weekly Up for Sale … Again
July 31, 2009

According to a Publishers Weekly (PW) report yesterday, PW has been officially put on the market for sale, along with its affiliated publications, Library Journal and School Library Journal. Earlier this year, PW's editor-in-chief, Sara Nelson, was laid off. She was one of 7 percent of the staff, including several other top editor's, laid off at PW's parent company, Reed Business Information (a Reed Elsevier company), following Reed Elsevier's failed attempt to sell Reed Business Information in its entirety last year.