Random House

TuneIn offers ad-free radio, sports, and audiobooks for $8 per month

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anyone disappointed by Scribd’s recent decision to pare down its audiobook offerings might have a new solution. CNET reports that streaming radio site TuneIn is adding an $8-per-month subscription option that removes ads from 600 radio stations, adds Major League Baseball and Premier League [...]

Bertelsmann Random House announces it will drop ‘hard’ DRM on German trade e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

When Holtzbrinck, parent company of Macmillan, announced it was dropping restrictive DRM from its books on the German trade publication market, David Rothman wrote, “Let’s hope that the German-owned Bertelsmann, a major owner of Penguin Random House, will wise up.” Those hopes have now been [...]

Penguin Random House Canada head courts controversy with $100,000 minimum revenue requirement

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

There seems to be some controversy in Canada over a recent statement by Brad Martin, head of Penguin Random House Canada, in a column discussing the PRH merger. Martin said, “I’m not interested in a book that is going to generate less than $100,000 in revenue unless the editor or publisher has [...]

A dirty secret of big publishing: More fact-checking needed. Fixes on the way?

By David Rothman
June 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

When I worked on The Silicon Jungle, I didn’t just benefit from a keen-eyed copy editor at Ballantine Books. Sentence by sentence, a computer consultant vetted me. A few years later I published another popular-level technical book at another big house. The amount spent on professional [...]

TeleRead’s first podcast is now available to stream or download

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Today Juli Monroe, Joanna Cabot, and I got together to record our first TeleRead podcast, talking for an hour about recent news stories and other events. We touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited [...]

Amazon and Penguin Random House agree to contract

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Amazon has signed a new contract with Penguin Random House, Publishers Weekly reports. Penguin Random House represents the last of the Big Five (nee Big Six) publishers and the last of the “Agency Five” (well, the Penguin half does, anyway) to agree to new terms. This brings an end to any [...]

The Martian: An accidental self-publishing success story

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2015 // 7 Comments

A new science fiction movie by a well-known director is on the horizon. Matt Damon plays an astronaut, stranded alone on a planet inimical to human life. It also features Jessica Chastain. While you might be experiencing some Interstellar déjà vu, I’m actually talking about Andy Weir’s [...]

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve finished reading through the first volume of the RPG history from that Kickstarter I mentioned the other day, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. In fact, I plan on nominating it for the “Best Related Work” Hugo when the 2014 Hugo nominations come around. It’s just that good. [...]

Penguin Random House UK launches online recommendation, retail platform

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

Penguin Random House UK introduced a new platform for readers in what looks like an attempt to shift the retail marketplace. My Independent Bookstore launched on Monday for private beta testing and is available by invite-only right now. The platform will allow users to display 12 books in a virtual [...]

Humble Bundle about to launch third e-book bundle

By Chris Meadows
March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The launch of the new Humble Bundle is still just under two hours away (until then, you have one last chance to snag some terrific Android games, nine of them for under $4—Zombie Gunship is some crazy fun!) but Publishers Weekly has just revealed what the new one is going to be. It’s going to [...]

Court finds in favor of HarperCollins over ‘Julie of the Wolves’ backlist e-book rights

By Chris Meadows
March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

We covered the HarperCollins vs. Open Road case a few months ago, over e-book editions of the late Jean C. George’s novel Julie of the Wolves. George signed a contract with Open Road to publish the e-book editions, arguing that there was no way her original 1971 contract with HC could cover [...]

David Gaughran comments on Random House Writers’ Academy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

I contacted self-publishing savant David Gaughran for his opinion on the recent developments at Random House Writers’ Academy, and its current “Creative Writing for Beginners” course, which aims to equip aspiring writers with the basic tools to begin realizing their vision [...]

Penguin Random House CEO letter thumps tub for the troops

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

In a letter from Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, made available by Britain’s The Bookseller, sent to staff in conjunction with co-parent Bertelsmann‘s record first-half 2013 results, the head of the newly merged publishing behemoth hymns the cultural and social contribution [...]

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 spirit as Bertelsmann’s welcoming website banner pictured above. Here is the full text for your [...]

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 merger of Penguin and Random House, to create … wait for it … Penguin Random House. The [...]

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