Publishers Weekly, also known as PW, is an American magazine that is published weekly by Trade Publishing. Originally known as The Publishers’ Weekly, the magazine was founded in 1872. It’s original goal was to inform librarians and booksellers about forthcoming titles. Today, the magazine targets publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors, and the media.
In the later half of the 20th century, the magazine slowly shifted to better target consumers. In the 1940s, editors began including reviews of forthcoming books. The magazine’s book reviews now comprise around half of every issue, covering around 8000 titles a year. The magazine expanded to include interviews with authors as well as news articles and editorials. In the 1990s, the magazine expanded to an online presence as well. A great deal of content is available at www.publishersweekly.com.
PW offers a yearly subscription to 51 issues of the printed magazine as well as an online version. PW also maintains a website that updated regularly with content. As well as early reviews, the magazine publishes influential bestseller lists, interviews with author’s and publishers, and reports on industry trends and issues. They also maintain a several weekly podcasts called: “Beyond the Book: PW‘s Week Ahead,” to discuss industry news, “More to Come,” which deals exclusively with comics, and “PW Kidscast,” which deals with children’s materials. The magazine also maintains an extensive online archive. Past book reviews and articles dating back to as early as January 1997 are open to access online at www.publishersweekly.com/pw/archives/index.html. They also host an hour long weekly radio show.
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