Weathering the Storm: Business as Usual at Random Penguin

Despite the big merger announcement earlier this week between Penguin and Random House, its business as usual at the two publishing houses when it comes to dealing with authors and agents, writes Publishers Weekly.

Beyond agents and authors, the companies will remain competitors until the deal closes, Random House CEO Markus Dohle wrote in a letter.

Business as usual will have to wait until after hurricane Sandy passes, however. Word is that Penguin is closed through at least the rest of today and Random House is open but a fallen crane is wreaking havoc in the area around the offices in midtown New York.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

Holding Down the Fort (Galley Cat)
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Getting Bookish (PW)
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CourseSmart E-Textbook Subscription Service (DBW)
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Open Source Textbook Infographic (DBW)
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Vancouver Publisher Going Bankrupt (Vancouver Sun)
Vancouver-based D&M Publisher will attempt to restructure $6 million in debt.

Kobo Launches in South Africa (DBW)
A partnership with South Africa’s Pick n Pay retail store chain has put Kobo devices on shelves in the country.

Self-Published Book Prize (Pub Perspectives)
In Germany, a prize exclusively for self-published works evolves.

B&N’s Legal Trouble (Pub Lunch)
Barnes & Noble is being sued for a security breach that saw dozens of stores and customer credit card information compromised. In unrelated B&N news, its new line of devices will start shipping to consumers over the next week.



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