Random House

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

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 [...]

Random House's Hydra changes contract terms

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Many publishing insiders and authors have been discussing Random House over the past week. The company might wish it had stayed out of the news as criticisms came down over its digital imprints, especially Hydra, which handles science fiction. In case you missed the news, here’s the basic [...]

Two David and Goliath stories with happy endings

By Joanna Cabot
March 12, 2013 // 4 Comments

TeleRead has earlier covered two stories about some bad publishing experiments: The first was about the scammy contracts Random House was offering authors who signed with their digital-only imprint. The second was about a Canadian newspaper, the National Post, which was trying to extract [...]

DOJ Approves Penguin Random House Merger

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 with the Justice Department was a move to smooth the way for this merger, and it looks like that move [...]

Penguin, Random House Merger Shows E-Books Dominate

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 CEO Marjorie Scardino. Could there be any clearer proof that e-books are where the action is, and [...]

Libraries Do Not 'Own' Random House E-Books After All

By Chris Meadows
October 25, 2012 // 9 Comments

Last week we carried a story about a claim that Random House was going to let libraries “own” its e-books. However, it turns out that “own” may have been an optimistic oversimplification. Peter Brantley, Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, writes at Publishers Weekly [...]

What I got for my $18: A Kindle Case Study

By Joanna Cabot
October 10, 2012 // 15 Comments

I try to keep my Kindle spending to $10 or less per book—partly for budgetary reasons, and partly because I find most e-books so error-filled that I resent paying so much money just to copy-edit them myself. When I wrote about the errors in JK Rowling’s new hardback-priced bestseller, I [...]

New details come to light in agency pricing class-action lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
May 15, 2012 // 7 Comments

The hits just keep on coming. On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen writes about a new filing in a class-action lawsuit against the agency pricing publishers that reveals some previously redacted evidence in the case shedding light on the agency pricing negotiations. This is the suit in which a number [...]

Amazon Publishing acquires North American James Bond print and e-book rights

By Chris Meadows
April 18, 2012 // 1 Comment

The name is Zon. Ama Zon. In 2010, the Fleming estate chose not to renew its publishing contract with Penguin for the James Bond novels, and proceeded to release them electronically in the UK via Amazon, Waterstones, and other e-book retailers. In March of this year, Random imprint Vintage Books [...]

Nova Scotia libraries boycott Random House over e-book price hike

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

CBC News reports that some Nova Scotia libraries have begun boycotting Random House over a change to Random House’s e-book pricing for libraries. Earlier this year, Random House announced its plans to raise the prices on e-books bought for library loans, and despite an ALA statement asking the [...]

Thanks to e-books, publishers’ revenues are down but profits are up

By Chris Meadows
March 31, 2012 // 5 Comments

The other day, I mentioned a survey showing that the growth of e-books has reduced the overall value of the book publishing market in the UK, and wondered what the figures might look like for the US. While the figures don’t measure precisely the same thing, Laura Hazard Owen reports on [...]

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