Penguin gets cover nostalgia half right with le Carré reissue

By libertyc
July 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I’ve argued elsewhere, Penguin and other major publishing houses could be tackling the challenges of the e-book and self-publishing revolutions by asserting their own distinct creative track [...]

Penguin Cries Uncle for the EU

By libertyc
July 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fresh from covering itself with ignominy through Author Solutions, Penguin has promised it will play nice in Europe over pricing, with an offer to the European Union to end the price-fixing practices [...]

Penguin Random House email turns on the schmaltz for agents

By libertyc
July 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

A kindly correspondent shared with me an email signed by Markus Dohle, CEO of the newly-merged Penguin Random House, that has been circulated to the new mega-publisher’s agents—in the same [...]

Penguin Random House publishing merger: All your books are belong to us

By libertyc
July 1, 2013 // 6 Comments

The Big Six today officially became the Big Five, with the formal announcement that UK publishing giant Pearson PLC and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA have completed the JV [...]

Using Penguin's First to Read program

By libertyc
June 27, 2013 // 7 Comments

Penguin Books announced last week First to Read, a program that allows people a chance to read books before they’re released. Sometimes you get the whole book, but other times you only get an [...]

Penguin wants Author Solutions lawsuit dismissed

By libertyc
June 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Author Solutions, Penguin’s self-publishing imprint, has been a bit controversial for a while. Last year an anonymous poster claiming to be an AS employee had some pretty damning things to say [...]

Penguin Launches New Program: First To Read. It's Got Issues

By libertyc
June 20, 2013 // 1 Comment

Like so many attempts by the publishing industry to engage readers, this one doesn’t quite get it. According to the press release, First to Read is:  …a new online book discovery [...]

Penguin Turns "The Pocket Scavenger" Into an Interactive Creativity App

By Dan Eldridge
May 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Until I opened an email this morning from a publicist at the Penguin Group (USA), who’d sent me a press release about the company’s newest so-called “creativity app,” The [...]

Penguin to Stop Windowing Library Books (Bonus: Cool workaround for Penguin library books)

By libertyc
March 28, 2013 // 4 Comments

You may have already seen that Penguin is going to stop the windowing of library book titles. That’s a good thing, and I applaud the decision. I’d be more excited if my library was part [...]

DOJ Approves Penguin Random House Merger

By libertyc
February 14, 2013 // 2 Comments

One hurdle down. Several more to go with the EU, Canadian Competition Bureau and various other antitrust authorities around the world still needing to weigh in on this. Penguin’s settlement [...]

Penguin launches Partridge, a self-publishing platform for India

By Dan Eldridge
February 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

In partnership with a Bloomington, Ind.-based self-publishing organization known as Author Solutions, Penguin Books India made an interesting move today by launching a self-publishing platform [...]

New Orwell cover designs obscure an Orwellian copyright saga

By libertyc
January 10, 2013 // 6 Comments

Penguin Books, along with its seriously talented team of graphic designers, is making great play of its latest rebooting of the George Orwell franchise. Coverage from the Huffington Post to the [...]

Penguin, Random House Merger Shows E-Books Dominate

By libertyc
October 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

So two of the largest publishers in the world are merging their book arms entirely to deal with “this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers,” to quote Pearson [...]

Apple, Penguin, Macmillan file responses to antitrust lawsuits

By libertyc
May 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

A week after its previous filing, concerning the Department of Justice antitrust case and settlement, Apple has made another filing—this one relating to the antitrust/price-fixing class action that [...]

Judge denies Apple, publisher motions to dismiss class-action price-fixing suit

By libertyc
May 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Hot on the heels of the filing I mentioned yesterday, the judge in the publisher/Apple price-fixing class action has issued a 56-page ruling (PDF). It’s important to note that this is only a [...]

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