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US publishers consider moving pub dates

In the US, major publishers are struggling with whether or not to move publication dates of forthcoming titles in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Publishers Weekly (PW).

Publishers are expecting authors with titles scheduled for the coming few months to request a new publication date. However, a number of major publishers have communicated to authors that their books will continue as scheduled.

According to PW, Simon & Schuster (S&S) ‘looks to be the one most aggressively moving titles’ to avoid publishing during the coronavirus outbreak. S&S senior VP of corporate communications Adam Rothberg estimated the publisher has already moved about 145 adult titles.

Abrams announced last week it is pushing Jeff Kinney’s forthcoming ‘Wimpy Kid’ book from 7 April to 4 August, while Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson, when asked about one of the company’s biggest forthcoming titles, Suzanne Collins’ The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, due out 19 May, said the publisher is reviewing its options at the moment. ‘[Scholastic] feels strongly that they want to hold to the date for now,’ said Robinson.


Category: International news