Publishing Industry

Most publishing professionals, whether author, editor, publicist, salesperson, or other, read at least one of the following to keep up with the industry. Click on the name to visit the website.

Kirkus Reviews
A magazine featuring what might simultaneously be the most respected and most feared book reviews in the industry. The website also offers book reviews, as well as a blog and lists such as “Best of 2011” and “Books for Earth Day 2012.” The magazine is published twice a month in both print and digital formats.

Library Journal
A publication for and about the library community. It has become a staple in publishing houses because of its 8,000-plus annual book reviews, which help libraries determine the books they purchase for their collections. The magazine is published 20 times a year, with the content also available on the website.

Media Bistro
A combination free and subscription website for media professionals in industries including book publishing, magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, online media, advertising, PR, and design. In addition to a job board, freelancer marketplace, online and on-site courses, conferences, and networking events, it publishes a number of e-newsletters, including the daily “Morning Media Newsfeed,” which is a digest of key media news, and the biweekly “Revolving Door Newsletter,” which reports and analyzes hirings, firings, and other job changes. Among its many blogs is GalleyCat, which covers the book publishing industry.

Publishers Lunch
A daily digest of publishing industry news. The e-newsletter is a free service from the same people who run Publishers Marketplace (see below), but it’s independent of Publishers Marketplace.

Publishers Marketplace
A subscription website for book publishing professionals. Its numerous features include a contact database, deals database, book tracker, book review index, rights and proposal board, hosted pages, and “Publishers Lunch Deluxe,” “Publishers Lunch Weekly,” and “Daily Deals” e-newsletters.

Publishers Weekly
A weekly print magazine and website. The granddaddy of publishing industry news sources, it covers everything from book deals to book fairs, manufacturing to finances, and hardcovers to e-books. The print version of PW is passed around most publishing houses.

Shelf Awareness
A free industry e-newsletter that focuses on the books—the titles, authors, movie tie-ins, etc. Two versions are available. “Shelf Awareness: Enlightenment for Readers” is published twice a week and presents the best 25 books of the week, author interviews, and other features of interest to readers. “Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade” focuses on the information that booksellers and librarians need to sell and lend books.