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Penguin Random House CEO makes great Dohle about growth, discoverability
April 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

penguin random housePenguin  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 discoverability and other new horizons of publishing, which he describes as: "A lot of experiments, which also often fail ." Dohle says for one thing that recent signs of publishing M&A picking up should not be taken too seriously - yet. "Much will depend on whether the Penguin Random House fusion works. In the positive...

Penguin Random House UK CEO: You’ve never had it so good
April 7, 2014 | 10:25 am

publishersAs 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 publishing industry is in enormous trouble today. They are completely wrong, and I don't understand that view at all." To judge from Weldon's comments, and some others quoted by Rankin in the article, publishing has actually managed the transition into the digital era.  "In the last four years, Penguin and Random House have had the...

Jonathan Cape holds open submissions month: Do they know something we don’t?
April 2, 2014 | 4:25 pm

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 or even established writers. But it also invites some interesting speculation - which could be on the mark, or a shot in the dark. You decide. Jonathan Cape originally opened in the 1920s, and boasted writers such as Ian Fleming and James Joyce in its prime. Part of Chatto and Windus from 1969,...

Enders Analysis report reaches questionable conclusions on UK ebook growth
March 19, 2014 | 4:10 pm

A research report "Creative UK: Overview of the digital transformation of the UK creative economy," co-produced by Enders Analysis and Bain & Company, has concluded, in terms that The Bookseller has chosen to highlight, that "in volume terms, we expect e-books to become about 35% of the total market in the next two years, and then continue to rise only very slowly." Unless I'm not reading this report in enough detail, I'm not clear what data this conclusion is based on. The tone of the entire report is very anecdotal, rather than detail-driven, and there's no clear indication whether, for...

Fifty Shades of Grey takes the indie route to 100 million bestsellerdom
March 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

According to an announcement at the London Book Fair, worldwide sales of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey erotic fiction trilogy have now passed the 100 million mark. This comes courtesy of the trilogy's publisher, Vintage Books, a Penguin Random House imprint who - let's remember - were not the first book's original publisher. That honor goes to The Writer's Coffee Shop, "an up and coming independent publisher based out of New South Wales, Australia." So let's just dig back in to what made this all possible - including a hefty dose of viral reader uptake, indie promotion, serial releases,...

Writer’s Digest and Author Solutions: A refresher
February 17, 2014 | 2:16 pm

writer's digestFollowing David Gaughran's revelation that The Bookseller, the top UK book trade journal, would henceforth stop accepting ads from Penguin Random House vanity platform Author Solutions, I did a little digging into one of The Bookseller's Stateside peers, Writer's Digest, "the oldest and most respected publisher devoted to the education and advancement of writers." Because, as Gaughran points out, Writer's Digest not only accepts advertising from Author Solutions - it even has a full-blown vanity press operation of its own going with them. Abbott Press, launched with some fanfare by Author Solutions and Writer's Digest in early 2010, "was founded with...

UK Bookseller will no longer take Author Solutions advertising
February 14, 2014 | 4:23 pm

I've often corresponded with David Gaughran, and share many of his views on publishing and self-publishing, so I'm trying my hardest to be at least a little impartial here (as well as to do some actual work instead of lazy journalmetooism). Because it's hard not to jump on board with both feet when he announces: "A Victory Against Author Solutions." [caption id="attachment_107804" align="alignright" width="193"] Author Solutions lobby in Cebu - in case you need a visual guide for some of those sub-brands...[/caption] In short, according to Gaughran, The Bookseller, house organ of the UK book business, will no longer carry advertising from...

David Gaughran comments on Random House Writers’ Academy
January 16, 2014 | 2:48 pm

David GaughranI 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 - for £499 ($821). This was his response, and is published here with his agreement: I'm pretty dismayed by this development. It sounds pricey for an online course, but the real worry is the complete disregard Random House seems to have for conflict-of-interest issues. It's bad enough that Penguin Random House already owns the biggest vanity press in the world without starting...

Random House figures out another way to make you pay them for your own writing
January 9, 2014 | 3:25 pm

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 ($821), with an Early Bird Rate of £350 ($576), this course will run from March 14th, 2014 for 10 weeks of online interactive tuition which will, it is claimed, equip participants with "the essential skills and techniques you need to get started writing fiction." The Writer's Academy makes very positive play of the fact...

The death of André Schiffrin and Big Publishing
December 2, 2013 | 12:30 pm

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, DRM, the Apple price-fixing cartel, and its other self-interested curbs on free expression. For the former chief editor of Pantheon Books was the focus of a storm over editorial integrity versus commercial pressures when he was fired by the company's parent Random House in 1990, in a move which many authors...

Penguin Random House’s Markus Dohle speaks at length at Frankfurt Book Fair
October 14, 2013 | 1:07 pm

marcus dohleMarkus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, used probably his highest-profile public appearance to date, one day after the newly merged giant's first hundred days as a united company, to deliver an extended interview at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair with five book trade publications. The content of his remarks was released piecemeal through the show daily, and the entire interview has now been made available online in full by Publishers Weekly. The tone of the debate was not exactly penetrating or challenging. To take just one example, here is Dohle on Author Solutions: "Many of you know that we have...

Penguin Random House CEO letter thumps tub for the troops
August 30, 2013 | 9:34 am

In a letter from Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, made available by Britain's The Bookseller, sent to staff in conjunction with co-parent Bertelsmann's record first-half 2013 results, the head of the newly merged publishing behemoth hymns the cultural and social contribution that his new group makes. "We are united by a greater purpose: the societal impact we as a team make every day by putting the very best books in the hands of readers around the world," he says in the letter, as quoted by The Bookseller. "Our financial achievements are a reflection of the excellence you bring...