Random House

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 [...]

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 [...]

Editor shares some publisher love

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Daniel Menaker, “longtime book editor,” has shared a paean in Slate “In praise of the publishers who move units and readers.” And after the “15 years I was at Random House, almost five of them as editor-in-chief,” he’s naturally in a position to know [...]

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 [...]

Jonathan Cape holds open submissions month: Do they know something we don’t?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 2, 2014 // 2 Comments

Venerable, highly reputable UK publishing imprint Jonathan Cape has announced that it will be throwing open the doors for the whole of June this year, inviting open submissions of fiction ” from new writers of high calibre and imagination.” This ought to be of interest to any aspirant [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Random House figures out another way to make you pay them for your own writing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Not content to have Author Solutions on board to take care of all its author-charging needs, Penguin Random House has apparently decided to go direct, with the launch, via the UK Writer’s Academy, of the online ” Creative Writing for Beginners” course. Offered at a price of £499 [...]

The death of André Schiffrin and Big Publishing

By libertyc
December 2, 2013 // 2 Comments

The demise of a force in American literary publishing, André Schiffrin, in Paris at age 78, offers a moment to reflect on how Big Publishing works, and exactly how deep is its true reverence for the cultural and intellectual values that it wheels out periodically to defend copyright extension, [...]

Daniel Menaker reports from publishing purgatory

By libertyc
November 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Authors, if you ever feel that publishers are your last rocks and refuges in the Amazon Apocalypse; politicians, if you ever felt moved to listen to another copyright extension or DCMA lobbyist; booksellers, if you ever felt that the big guys had your back – read on below. Because Daniel [...]

Dr. Seuss coming to e-books, a good step in the children's book market

By libertyc
September 7, 2013 // 3 Comments

Children will soon be able to enjoy some of the most beloved books digitally. Random House Children’s Books announced Dr. Seuss classics will be published as e-books starting Sept. 24, Publishers Weekly reported. The rollout will start with 15 e-books, such as “Green Eggs and Ham” and [...]

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?

By libertyc
July 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry’s biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no [...]

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