Penguin Random House

Shunning self-published books? Your loss

By David Rothman
August 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

One of my favorite reads this year isn’t from S&S or Penguin Random House. It’s from an obscure  self-published writer named Michael Spindler—author of Gatsby: My Story, which I reviewed here on TeleRead and elsewhere. Examples like this come to mind when I run across [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Exciting stuff from Scribd

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s been a pretty cool week for the folks at Scribd and those of us who love the service. They’ve added new content, and the latest updates to their app rock. Let’s start with the new content. Honestly, I was shocked to get the advance press release that Scribd had landed some [...]

Penguin caught out cheating readers on Zoella book launch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 3 Comments

Showing the kind of ethics you would expect from the owners of Author Solutions, Penguin Random House has apparently been caught out in a lie over the launch of the bestseller Girl Online from social media celebrity Zoella (a.k.a. Zoe Sugg) previously covered in Teleread. Because, as reported in The Bookseller, Zoella was a.k.a. not-the-author, and the ghostwriter who actually penned most of the words, Siobhan Curham, received no credit. And the resulting shitstorm has been enough to drive Zoella herself off the medium that made her - the internet - at least temporarily. And now, The Guardian and many other sources are simply and directly asking: "How much of Girl Online did she really write?" [...]

Bertelsmann confirms how bogus anti-Amazon animus is, hits seven-year revenue high

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bertelsmann has provided yet more irrefutable evidence of how hollow, fake, and self-serving the whole Hachette/Authors United anti-Amazon spat was, as the post-Penguin/Random House-merger, post-digital disruption Big Five giant delivers its highest year-to-date revenue results for the past seven [...]

No fault in Penguin Random House stars as Bertelsmann books a big win

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Penguin Random House demonstrated once again what a cozy, fusty, highbrow, unworldly world modern publishing is by bringing home the fat juicy bacon for parent Bertelsmann. And it was all in our stars. As The Hollywood Reporter … um … reported, “John Green’s unstoppable young [...]

Who exactly owns aNobii?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Bookseller reported that UK department store chain Sainsbury’s has bought out its publisher partners HarperCollins and Penguin Random House in aNobii, the book-focused social media platform originally launched by Greg Sung in Hong Kong in 2006, and has raised the 64 percent stake it [...]

Penguin Random House and the Harper Lee memoir controversy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The dispute between Harper Lee and her self-styled chronicler Marja Mills is receiving substantial coverage for a feud that goes back to 2011, when Penguin originally acquired the rights to Mills’s The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee.  Even at that point, Lee’s attorneys [...]

Bertelsmann leaves the club as retail book arm closes

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gerrman media giant Bertelsmann, part owner with Pearson of Big Five behemoth Penguin Random House, is reportedly closing its direct-to-consumer book sales business in Europe, Der Club, and its few retail bookstore premises. According to the Wall Street Journal report, “The company’s [...] isn’t yours. And it’s not a bookshop. And it’s absolutely not independent.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Moving on from Author Solutions scams, Penguin Random House has hit on another wheeze to attempt to convince the UK that it’s the put-upon little guy gamely squaring up to big bully Amazon, in the shape of the new book recommendation community site This [...]

Bertelsmann CEO gives insights into European media moves

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Financial Times has aired an exclusive interview with Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann – Europe’s biggest media group, and one of its largest family-owned privately held businesses. Oh, and part owner alongside Pearson of Penguin Random House. The Bertelsmann CEO admits that his [...]

Penguin Random House CEO makes great Dohle about growth, discoverability

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Penguin  Random House CEO Markus Dohle has given an interview with, which has been shared with the German press. In it, he gives a status report on the integration of Penguin and Random house, particularly in Europe, as well as the company’s latest efforts in [...]

Penguin Random House UK CEO: You’ve never had it so good

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

As interviewed by Jennifer Rankin in The Observer, the Sunday imprint of the UK’s Guardian, Tom Weldon, UK CEO of Penguin Random House, has some good things to say about the state of publishing. Good for publishers at least.  He declares that: “”Some commentators say the [...]

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