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Publishers Weekly launches book news blog

July 12, 2010 |  9:05 am
Welcome to PWxyz, a blog from industry trade magazine Publishers Weekly, launched this morning. Promising news, gossip and a lighter tone than its regular news coverage, PWxyz is the first major public venture to be launched under Publishers Weekly's new leadership.

In April, the 138-year-old magazine was sold by owner Reed Business Information to a group called PWxyz LLC, led by George W. Slowik Jr. He was publisher of Publishers Weekly in the 1980s and 1990s, and stepped down as publisher of The American Prospect to take over Publishers Weekly again.

At the time, Slowik told Crain's New York that he was planning to digitize some of the magazine's archival content, and that he was looking forward to a new era of ebooks. He didn't mention a blog then, but hey -- who doesn't want a blog?

Craig Morgan Teicher will be primarily responsible for the PWxyz blog, which will also include contributions from other staff at Publishers Weekly. You might know Teicher from his recent blogging gig at Mediabistro's eBook Newser; I know him because we're both on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Now that that's fully disclosed, I'll say it again: Welcome to the blogosphere, PWxyz.

-- Carolyn Kellogg