Penguin

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 [...]

Mick Rooney calls out Bertelsmann on possible Penguin Random House takeover

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

  Over at The Independent Publishing Magazine, Mick Rooney has just aired the possibility of a full-on Bertelsmann SE takeover of Penguin Random House, taking up Pearson plc’s current position and advancing its stake from anywhere between the current 53 percent and 100 percent. This [...]

Morning Links: Anne Rice to pen book on author bullying. Improve the homepage

By Joanna Cabot
February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anne Rice to Pen Book on Author Bullying (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Author and expert on bullying Anne Rice took to her Facebook page this weekend to announce her latest project: She’s writing a book on author bullying. *** Penguin Classics Celebrates 80th (GalleyCat) Penguin Classics is [...]

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?" [...]

YouTube celeb Zoella shows author power of social media promotion

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK YouTube video blogger (a.k.a. vlogger) Zoella (a.k.a. Zoe Sugg) has become the poster child of near-instant social media auto-stardom – and now authorial success through the pre-sales of her book Girl Online, which as at the time of writing is Number One in the UK Amazon Best Seller [...]

Morning Roundup: OSX 10.10 Yosemite; Amazon monopsony and more

By Joanna Cabot
June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Apple took the wraps off of OS X at the WorldWide Developer's Conference today, dubbed "Yosemite." It'll feature a new interface with elements of iOS 7's "flat" design and color scheme, new interface, updates to iCloud and Mail, features to sync iOS and OS X devices, and more. [...]

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 Buchreport.express, 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 [...]

Beware Author Solutions, and never ever pay for publishing

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

If this isn’t Rule One of self-publishing, it should be: You should never, ever, ever pay someone to publish your work for you. Full stop. End of sentence. Now, it’s fine to pay for useful services, of course. If you can afford it, it could be a good investment to pay someone to edit your work, [...]

Bob Kohn files appeal of publisher anti-trust settlements

By libertyc
December 23, 2013 // 4 Comments

Ah, the schadenfreude continues. Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reports that Bob Kohn has filed his appeal of the approval of the Macmillan and Penguin e-book settlements. In the hearing a couple of weeks ago, Judge Cote suggested it was unlikely he would be found to have standing to appeal [...]

Penguin partners with Readmill for an alternative UK reading app

By libertyc
November 29, 2013 // 2 Comments

German ebook app developer Readmill has announced a partnership with Penguin UK to produce an ereading option that seems to want to sidestep Amazon and other ebook distributors and go direct to the consumer from the Penguin UK website. “Now when you purchase ebooks from Penguin UK, you can [...]

Morning Roundup: HuffPo to end anonymous comments; new Penguin Aussie teen website; more

By libertyc
August 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Penguin Australia Launches New Teen Website (Good e-Reader) Penguin Australia has been running a fairly popular teen website for the last six years. The main draw about the website is the blogging platform that wrote a number of articles on books to film and fashion. Penguin has just launched a [...]

UK's Waterstones tweets "first ever paperback books" — well, not quite

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Leading UK retail book chain Waterstones has proudly tweeted a picture of early Penguins via its official Twitter account, declaring: “On this day, 1935. The first ever paperback books, from @PenguinUKBooks, were published.” Only, were they? As you might expect of such an obvious and [...]

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 record—not least in classic cover designs. Never one to miss a trick, Penguin is clearly doing [...]

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 highlighted by the recent Apple anti-trust case in the US, which the European Commission deemed [...]

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