Random House

David Gaughran goes gangbusters on Author Solutions

By libertyc
July 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

As previously outlined in TeleRead, self-publishing apostle David Gaughran has been assiduously ferreting out the wrongdoings of Author Solutions and kindred assisted publishing enterprises, both through his own researches and by linking others. He’s also hinted for some time at an upcoming [...]

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 [...]

Random House to Publish Shakespeare Novelizations

By libertyc
June 28, 2013 // 5 Comments

From Mediabistro’s GalleyCat comes the intriguing news that Hogarth Press, an imprint of Random House, has commissioned a series of novelizations of Shakespeare’s plays, to be written by well-known authors. As the article explains: “The project will open with Anne Tyler rewriting [...]

Morning Roundup: Do publishers need a bigger boat?

By libertyc
June 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Do Publishers Need a Bigger Boat? (Futurebook) If HarperCollins does merge with Simon & Schuster will that be good news for writers? Or, for that matter, readers? — Penguin & Random House Merger to Complete in July (Good e-Reader) Penguin and Random House have cleared the last hurdle [...]

Morning Links: The three forces shaping book publishing

By libertyc
April 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Three Forces That Are Shaping 21st Century Book Publishing (Mike Shatzkin) Seven Must-Consider Strategies for eBook Pricing (Digital Book World) Random House Experiments with eBook Convergence via Black Crown (GoodeReader) Australia to Propose Copyright Reform that Includes Fair Use (Tech [...]

Morning Links: The return of the social novel

By Dan Eldridge
April 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Random House creates online narrative game (The Bookseller) “Random House is launching a debut author with a new free-to-play online narrative game, Black Crown.” Paper vs. E-Books: Science Answers All Your Questions (Mother Jones) “The implicit feel of where you are in a physical [...]

Average price of best-selling e-books on the decline

By libertyc
April 9, 2013 // 4 Comments

E-books seem to be costing consumers less money. Digital Book World tracks the prices of e-books on the best-sellers lists every week. Last week, the news site found e-books on the lists averaged more than $8 a book. After a week where a new publisher (Macmillan) allowed discounted prices, the [...]

Penguin to Stop Windowing Library Books (Bonus: Cool workaround for Penguin library books)

By libertyc
March 28, 2013 // 4 Comments

You may have already seen that Penguin is going to stop the windowing of library book titles. That’s a good thing, and I applaud the decision. I’d be more excited if my library was part of the 3M system, and if Penguin wasn’t having books “expire” and require a [...]

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture

By Brian Howard
March 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

While it’s odd to think of an organization backed by the  Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster as a startup, Bookish, the new book-recommendation and -discovery site is essentially that. After two years in development under three CEOs, Bookish is now a reality, a place where users can get [...]

Morning Links: Hydra, social reading, mobile education and more

By libertyc
March 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Q&A: Hydra DP and Digital Publishing Director Allison Dobson on New Author Contracts (Digital Book World) Is Social Reading the Future of Books? I Hope Not! (Good e-Reader) How to Use a Kindle as a Bookmark (Galleycat) Will Mobile Education Arrive in the Digital World? (Media Shift) Kindle [...]

Random House's Hydra changes contract terms

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

From the author of Fifty Shades, a how-to writing guide

By Dan Eldridge
March 11, 2013 // 3 Comments

It sounds suspiciously like a story from The Onion: ‘Fifty Shades’ author to publish writing guide. But nope—it’s actually a real-life AP wire story that appeared on the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s website this morning. Scheduled to be published on May 1 by Random [...]

Morning Links — More on the Mythical Hydra Beast

By Dan Eldridge
March 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

Here’s why American Airlines chose Samsung over Apple when it bought 17,000 tablets (Business Insider) Top novelists look to e-books to challenge the rules of fiction (The Guardian) Beware Random House’s E-Book Imprints (Forbes) Mythical Hydra Beast: Pros and Cons (Digital Book World) [...]

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