Speech Act Protects Against “Libel Tourism”

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Speech Act, a law intended to protect US publishers and journalists from facing libel charges in countries with more stringent defamation laws, reported Publisher’s Weekly. Putting an end to “libel tourism,” the law ensures American authors are protected by the First Amendment for material produced in the United States, and prevents …

It’s Official: Everyone is an Author…or at Least One Million Americans Are

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ll it’s confirmed: Yes, everyone really is an author. According to Publishers Weekly’s report on the annual publishing stats compiled by R.R. Bowker, 2009 saw a whopping 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by “self-publishers and micro-niche publishers.” PW says the “number of ‘nontraditional’ titles dwarfed that of traditional books whose output slipped to 288,355 last year …

Interview with PW President George Slowik

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It was announced on April 5 that former publisher George Slowik purchased Publishers Weekly. Slowik is a former publisher of PW, and his plans for the trade publication include international and digital expansion. I had a chance to interview Slowik about his plans for the future of PW: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfygYj7XFXQ

Publishers Weekly Bought by Former Publisher

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishers Weekly announced today that one of its former publishers, George Slowik, has bought the magazine, including the Web site and the Publishers Weekly Show Daily, the printed book fair publication that is produced during BookExpo America each year. PW was first offered for sale in February 2008, along with other Reed Business publications, including Library Journal …

PW Says 2009 Bestsellers Lost Ground to the Long Tail

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PW has posted its annual analysis of the top selling book titles of the previous year, in this case, 2009. In summary, PW’s Michael Coffey noted, “bestsellers don’t sell in the numbers that they did in the past,” adding that the “numbers are rich with anecdotal surprises and bald truths.” The most telling paragraph comes toward the middle …

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 …