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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...

Beware Author Solutions, and never ever pay for publishing
March 9, 2014 | 1:11 pm

Author SolutionsIf 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, or to design your cover art, or even to format your book for you if you don’t feel confident of your own skills in that regard. (Though I’d honestly recommend paying $40 for Scrivener and spending a few days learning...

Bob Kohn files appeal of publisher anti-trust settlements
December 23, 2013 | 6:10 pm

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 the case, since he’s not a direct party to the case. However, Kohn is clearly going to keep filing appeals until the appeals courts turn him down. Kohn’s stance is that the price-fixing conspiracy entered into by the publishers and Apple was not actually illegal, since it served to...

Penguin partners with Readmill for an alternative UK reading app
November 29, 2013 | 6:45 pm

penguinGerman 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 send them instantly to your Readmill library. We’re honored to provide a beautiful mobile reading experience for some of the world’s most well-loved books," reads the Readmill blurb. "Look for the Send to Readmill button the next time you purchase an ebook at penguin.co.uk." According to coverage in The Guardian, the deal applies...

Morning Roundup: HuffPo to end anonymous comments; new Penguin Aussie teen website; more
August 22, 2013 | 10:25 am

PenguinPenguin 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 totally new website and really takes blogging design to a new level. * * * Huffington Post to End Anonymous Comments (GigaOM) Arianna Huffington said the time has come to put names to commenters — at least on the Huffington Post. * * * Career Writers (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I write from the perspective of a career...

UK’s Waterstones tweets “first ever paperback books” — well, not quite
August 1, 2013 | 10:28 am

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 sensible idea, Allen Lane's line of Penguin Books, launched in England in 1935, were not the first paper-covered mass-market publications. In fact, they date back more than 150 years, to the days of "yellowback" publications, introduced in the 1850s to provide cheap literature to the railway-going public. Venerable publishing houses like Routledge & Sons and Ward...

Penguin gets cover nostalgia half right with le Carré reissue
July 30, 2013 | 12:10 pm

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 just that, and now, for the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Cold War classic "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" by John le Carré, is reissuing the book in a hardback facsimile of its original 1963 Victor Gollancz first edition. Now there's something that you can't fit on a Kindle. Except ... Penguin...

Penguin Cries Uncle for the EU
July 27, 2013 | 1:10 pm

PenguinFresh 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 acceptable last week. "After our decision of December 2012, the commitments are now legally binding on Apple AAPL +0.57% and all five publishers including Penguin, restoring a competitive environment in the market for e-books," announced Joaquín Almunia, the European Commission vice president in charge of competition policy. All the other publishers under investigation, Hachette Livre...

Hachette shuts up shop in New Zealand
July 27, 2013 | 1:04 pm

HachetteDespite its good fortunes in other markets, Hachette seems to be enjoying less prosperity in Kiwi country, and appears ready to leave the land of flightless birds to the Penguin, withdrawing from the New Zealand market. As of the time of writing, no official announcement has appeared on the Hachette Australia or Hachette New Zealand websites, but reports in The Bookseller, citing Richard Kitson, commercial director at Hachette UK, blame the growth of e-books and the influence of online retailers not liable for Kiwi sales tax for Hachette's difficulties there. Radio New Zealand confirmed that Hachette will maintain a NZ front office...

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?
July 26, 2013 | 3:42 pm

Power RankingsThe 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 money and corporate might behind them are doing at snarfing their lunch. "It's a great feat for a publisher to have even one book make a best-seller list," editorializes DBW's Jeremy Greenfield, suggesting that DBW itself is keen to promote the value of its Power Rankings, which work by listing the publishers who have made the...

David Gaughran goes gangbusters on Author Solutions
July 17, 2013 | 8:00 am

Author SolutionsAs 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 major expose on their latest and worst wrongdoings. "I'll be posting the long-promised Author Solutions piece shortly," he Tweeted earlier. " If you thought it wasn't possible for them to sink to a new low..." Well, now he has. And just in time for Author Solutions, post the Penguin Random House merger, to brand itself as "their self publishing wing." Gaughran (pictured at...

Morning Roundup: Copyright trolls, summer publishing, and more
July 12, 2013 | 8:48 am

Morning Roundup eBookstores Now Dropping Prices on Some Random Penguin Books (The Digital Reader) It’s been nearly 7 months since Penguin settled with the US Dept of Justice, but it wasn’t until today that the prices finally started dropping. * * * No Dog Days of Summer for Publishing This July (Digital Book World) Typically July is one of the slowest months in book publishing. Summer is the time for vacations and the store traffic is traditionally slowest in July.  Kids are out of school and not reading as much. But this July has been full of major news and events and each will have a...