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Penguin Random House publishing merger: All your books are belong to us
July 1, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Penguin Random HouseThe 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 Pearson release declares that this: "will be the first truly global publishing company with operations in the US, Canada, UK, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile." According to the Bertelsmann release, "Penguin Random House will employ more than 10,000 people worldwide across almost 250 imprints, and...

Penguin wants Author Solutions lawsuit dismissed
June 25, 2013 | 11:55 am

Author Solutions, Penguin’s self-publishing imprint, has been a bit controversial for a while. Last year an anonymous poster claiming to be an AS employee had some pretty damning things to say about the company’s business practices. Last July, Penguin bought the self-publishing firm, shocking some industry onlookers: What does Author Solutions bring to the table? Well, for starters, around $100m in annual revenue. Roughly two-thirds of that money comes from the sale of services to writers, and only one-third from the royalties generated by the sale of their books. Pause for a moment...

Penguin Launches New Program: First To Read. It’s Got Issues
June 20, 2013 | 2:45 pm

Like so many attempts by the publishing industry to engage readers, this one doesn't quite get it. According to the press release, First to Read is:  ...a new online book discovery initiative that closely mimics what NetGalley does for book reviewers and publishing professionals but for consumers. The program is aimed at sparking word-of-mouth discussion around a book months before it is available in bookstores. Naturally, I dropped by to create a profile. Because you can sign in with Facebook, and I was feeling lazy, I did so. Apologies to my Facebook friends who just got spammed with several First to Read...

Morning Roundup: iTunes users, Penguin’s Early Releases, Tess Gerritsen’s war against Alzheimers, more
June 20, 2013 | 9:04 am

Morning Roundup5 Ways Tablets Will Change K-12 Education (Digital Book World) Tablet shipments to schools grew 103% in the last year according to research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The report states  ”that momentum will continue as the 2013 back-to-school season approaches.” This growth in tablets will affect learning and classroom management—but how? Here are five ways tablets will begin to change K-12 education. --- Tess Gerritsen Raising $25,000 in War Against Alzheimers (GalleyCat) Novelist Tess Gerritsen has declared war on Alzheimer’s, trying to raise $25,000 for The Scripps Research Institute. The disease took her father’s life, so Gerritsen has a powerful stake in the future...

Post-PRISM “Nineteen Eighty-Four” sales spike points up Orwell’s split position
June 15, 2013 | 4:53 pm

PRISM One off-the-wall consequence of the sudden disclosures regarding the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM digital surveillance program earlier this week was the much-reported spike in sales of George Orwell’s "Nineteen Eighty-Four"—with Penguin Plume’s recent Centennial Edition up almost 7,000 percent on the Amazon Movers & Shakers list for Books, according to some sources. This level of interest proved to be more than just a flash in the pan. By Friday, "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was still in 18th place on the Amazon Movers & Shakers list for Books—although the Kindle edition was absent from the Top 100 Movers & Shakers or Best Sellers rankings on...

Weekend Roundup: Everything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday
June 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

Weekend RoundupEverything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday (Business Insider) Apple is holding its biggest event of the year, WWDC, on June 10. It's a developers conference, but Apple usually uses the first day to announce new products and other goodies in a big keynote presentation. So what's on tap? Here's everything we expect Apple to announce. --- Penguin Book Truck: Mobile Bookstore to Hit the Road This Summer (HuffPo) As a book lover, I saw a lot of things I adored last week at Book Expo America. But even though I got to meet Grumpy Cat, the coolest thing at BEA this...

Weekend Roundup: Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple’s way?
June 8, 2013 | 11:04 am

Weekend RoundupApple shows spine in e-book trial (New York Post) Apple, as expected, came out swinging against the Justice Department in the first week of its e-book price-fixing trial — and may have even scored some points with the judge. --- Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple's way? (Fortune) A subtle but potentially important shift took place Thursday in the Manhattan federal courthouse where U.S. District Judge Denise Cote just wrapped up the first week of the three-week civil antitrust case known as U.S.A. v. Apple. --- Apple takes smart but much-needed gamble in e-book spat (Reuters) Apple is taking a smart but necessary gamble in...

Morning Roundup: Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry!
June 6, 2013 | 9:00 am

Morning RoundupTo See the Value of Social Media, Watch What Happened in Turkey When Local Media Failed (Paid Content) Social media and tools like Twitter have come under fire during real-time news events because critics say they spread misinformation — but in places like Istanbul they can be a lifeline when the traditional media is ineffective. --- Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry! (GalleyCat) Happy Birthday Richard Scarry! To celebrate the famous kid’s author’s 94th birthday today, we’ve rounded up our favorite Scarry links below… --- Penguin's David Shanks Testifies at Apple Trial (Publisher's Weekly) The second day of the Apple e-book price-fixing trial continued with the government’s continued focus on Apple...

Morning Roundup: Do publishers need a bigger boat?
June 4, 2013 | 9:00 am

Morning RoundupDo 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 with their proposed merger with China giving their blessing today. These two companies will officially join forces in July and will account for 1/4 of all books to be published globally. --- What Newspapers Need to Learn from the Disruption in the Auto Industry (paidContent) Newspaper companies might not want to think of their business as being similar to...

Weekend Roundup: BookExpo America ’13 is a wrap
June 2, 2013 | 12:19 pm

Weekend Roundup BookExpo America Report: TED Comes to Town (Vulture) There’s no better place than an industry convention for jargon verging on self-parody, and so it makes sense that Book Expo America, which wrapped yesterday at the Javits Center, was where I first heard the term “artisanal publishing.” --- Independent booksellers see growth as industry gathers for BookExpo America (The Oregonian) After decades of decline, independent bookselling has become a growth industry. --- Movies juice up Book Expo (New York Post) More than ever, publishers realize movie-ties can propel authors and their books into a whole new orbit. --- Penguin Dabbles in Book Retail with Penguin Book Truck and Pushcart (DBW) Penguin...

Penguin Turns “The Pocket Scavenger” Into an Interactive Creativity App
May 8, 2013 | 4:44 pm

The Pocket Scavenger Until I opened an email this morning from a publicist at the Penguin Group (USA), who'd sent me a press release about the company's newest so-called "creativity app," The Pocket Scavenger, I was under the impression that I was at least somewhat tuned in to the world of Android apps. But apparently, not so much. Penguin, it seems, has been busy releasing quite an impressive suite of creativity apps lately, and like their latest, The Pocket Scavenger, many are based on the books of author, illustrator and self-described guerrilla artist Keri Smith. Smith writes books that are not only about creativity, but that actually encourage it...

Morning Links: The Atlantic launches new e-book division; e-book sales are up in the UK
May 2, 2013 | 10:21 am

Morning LinksMulti-Million Dollar Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Penguin, Author Solutions (The Digital Reader) 2012 eBook Sales Increased by 66% in the UK (Good e-Reader) The Atlantic Launches New eBook Division with e-Singles and Curated Content (Paid Content) Permission-Based Publishing: The New York Publishing Model and Why it Doesn't Work (Huffington Post) Kindle Daily Deals: Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick (and 3 others)  ...