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Penguin caught out cheating readers on Zoella book launch?
December 12, 2014 | 11:51 am

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
November 26, 2014 | 8:17 pm

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 charts, after "92 days in the top 100." This echoes the previous point that YouTube celebs are now becoming hot property for hungry publishers. As the author blurb describes her, Zoella "is a 24-year-old vlogger from Brighton, UK. Her beauty, fashion, and lifestyle vlogs have gained her over 5 million YouTube subscribers,...

Morning Roundup: OSX 10.10 Yosemite; Amazon monopsony and more
June 4, 2014 | 10:23 am

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
April 29, 2014 | 6:16 pm

Bertelsmann Penguin Random House welcome bannerThe 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 charge may not only be disadvantaged compared to the likes of Google and Amazon, but also starting from a trailing position - which, however, has recently improved. "I honestly think that we have caught up massively in the past 15 to 18 months,” he says. This situation may be partly the result of the group's response to...

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...