Publishers Weekly Digital Archive

A chronicle of 150 years of the publishing industry

Publishers Weekly has chronicled and shaped the history of book publishing and bookselling for 150 years. Founded in 1872 and published continuously since then, Publishers Weekly represents the authoritative voice for US publishing industry news and book reviews, with ongoing coverage of the British and international book trade.

The complete archive includes up to 400,000 book reviews, 5,000 author profiles/interviews and, beginning in 1895, bestseller lists. Documenting the trajectory of thousands of authors’ careers—from debut book reviews to rights sales and even record-shattering advances—Publishers Weekly both reflects and drives cultural change.

The archive provides access to over 7,700 past issues and more than 665,000 pages, including all advertising, making the Publishers Weekly Digital Archive an exemplary resource for scholars, academics and researchers.

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Publishers Weekly

Key Stats

  • Archive: 1872-2021
  • Language: English
  • City: New York City
  • Country: USA
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Format: PDF, page-based
  • Producer: Publishers Weekly

About the Archive

The Publishers Weekly Digital Archive contains all obtainable published issues from 1872 on, with an additional year’s worth of content added on an annual basis. Subscriptions to current-year content are also available at an additional cost. The archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, and features full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text. OCR quality of the digital archive is impeccable, with each issue manually corrected for accuracy.

Additional features of the Publishers Weekly Digital Archive include:

  • Every page, article and issue of the archive is fully searchable by keyword
  • IP authenticated access; no requirement to log in with username and password
  • In high resolution and full color
  • Industry news, trend articles, book reviews, advertisements, illustrations, covers and more
  • Wiki-style text corrector
  • All material in its original context, including advertisements
  • OCR’d and fully searchable text
  • Nearly 400,000 definitive book reviews
  • Book trade statistics covering more than a century
  • Bestseller lists from 1895 forward

Discover the history of publishing with the Publishers Weekly Digital Archive

Researchers in American studies, popular culture, history, literature and their subdisciplines can find a wealth of information on topics such as:

  • Politics of authorship
  • Rise of bookmaking and bookselling
  • Censorship
  • Economics of commercial publishing
  • Publishing company history
  • Evolution of genre fiction
  • Underrepresented voices
  • The book as cultural artifact
  • Literacy studies
  • Topical trends in reading
  • And much more

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