Top US/UK Trade Talk: PW for Sale, Execs Start Afresh

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


In the US, leading publishing trade magazine Publishers Weekly has been up for sale by its parent company Reed Elsevier, which says it is divesting itself of properties not related to its “core businesses” (which apparently still includes high profile movie trade Variety, which will co-exist along with a catalog of construction trade journals). PW is likely be presented to potential buyers as a package deal with its sister trade publications Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Publishing executive Don Linn has left Taunton Press and joined the trio Kassia Krozser, Kirk Biglione, and Kat Meyer (all of whom are very active bloggers) to form digital-only Quartet Press. In the fall the company will launch its first imprint, Quench Romance! “We think the Romance genre offers plenty of room to operate in existing and emerging sub-genres, but we also think there are opportunities in other categories such as mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, and even literary fiction,” said Linn in a prepared statement.

In the UK, the Bookseller reports that executive Anthony Cheetham will join Atlantic Books as “an associate publisher and director on the board” to start “an entirely new activity” at the company. He quit Quercus, where he was chairman and publisher, in February of this year. Cheetham follows his son Nicholas to Atlantic, where the younger Cheetham started the crime imprint Corvus earlier this year.

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.