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The Trade, Its Resilience, and Its Data

In its opening on Tuesday, the eighth annual Digital Book World conference in New York City attracted some 650 registrants. This year’s new structure included four distinct programming tracks and a “captain” for each: ● Laura Dail for Editors, Authors, and Agents; ● Bill Kasdorf for Production, Distribution, and Operations; ● Rick Pascocello for...

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5 Questions with Amanda D’Acierno, SVP, Publisher, PRH Audio

Amanda D’Acierno is a senior vice president and the publisher of Penguin Random House Audio, where she oversees both adult and children’s audio publishing. She is a longtime advocate for audiobooks, having led innovative efforts to spread the word about audio through regional and national awareness campaigns. Amanda is also a speaker at DBW...

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How We Can Better Merge Print and Digital

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and that many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the...

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Harper’s Sara Nelson Discusses the State of the Industry

Sara Nelson is a vice president, executive editor and special advisor to the publisher at Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. Before joining the publisher, she was the editorial director for books and Kindle at Amazon, the books editor at O, Oprah’s magazine, and the editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly. This year at DBW 2017, Sara...

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Why Big Data Could Be Big Trouble

Equal parts mathematician and political activist, Cathy O’Neil has calculated the impact of algorithms on society. For the most part, she says, big data adds up to big trouble. When it comes to human activities, algorithms are expected to be models of objectivity, owing to their basis in mathematical formulae and reliance on enormous...

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PRH to Offer Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Penguin Random House announced today that it has partnered with Gradifi, a student loan pay down provider, to offer financial assistance to U.S. employees to pay down their student loan debt. “I know all too well that student loan debt burdens a great deal of our colleagues at Penguin Random House, and increasingly, our...

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PRH Launches 11-Week Serialized Story Series

Penguin Random House and its Crown Publishing Group division have launched “Season of Stores,” an 11-week series that sends serialized stories directly to readers’ inboxes. Readers can sign up now to begin receiving stories October 11. The new storytelling project is free and features stories from Anthony Marra, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adam Johnson, Elizabeth McCracken...

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The Limits of Using an Algorithm to Predict Book Sales

There’s been much recent conjecture on whether book sales can be predicted by text analysis alone. My company, Kadaxis, has dedicated the past few years to machine learning research and product development for the publishing industry. In our early days, we set out to build an algorithm to predict bestsellers, and tested it in...

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Penguin Random House Launches SciFi/Fantasy Site ‘Unbound Worlds’

Penguin Random House announced yesterday the launch of a new science fiction and fantasy website, Unbound Worlds. The site, according to a press release, will “occupy the crossroads of science fiction and fantasy, including slipstream, pop science, fairy tales and folklore, magical realism, urban fantasy, and more.” The website is the successor to Suvudu....

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Why Indie Authors Must Start Producing Audiobooks

One of the first questions that indie authors and small- to mid-size publishers ask me about audiobook production is, “How much does it cost?” My answer is always, “It depends.” Producing an audiobook is like building a house: your choices dictate your final cost. Each recording is custom-made rather than mass-produced. When people contact...

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Penguin Random House and NYC Launch Subway Ebook Promotion

If you live in New York City, you are probably aware of the state of the city’s subway stations. Lots of people, lots of heat, and scattered access to WiFi. And while there’s little that can be done about the first two, recent improvements to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s WiFi system have given New...

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PRH CEO: Publishing ‘Undeniably a Force for Good’

Penguin and Random House merged three years ago, in 2013, and today Penguin Random House’s CEO, Markus Dohle, sent an anniversary letter to employees in which he congratulated them on their hard work, but more importantly, detailed how that work is affecting people throughout the world. “Along this road, we have continued to write...

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PRH CEO: ‘Publishing Is Undeniably a Force for Good’

Penguin and Random House merged three years ago, in 2013, and today Penguin Random House’s CEO, Markus Dohle, sent an anniversary letter to employees in which he congratulated them on their hard work, but more importantly, detailed how that work is affecting people throughout the world. “Along this road, we have continued to write...

Internet Brands

PRH to Sell Fodor’s Travel to Internet Brands

Internet Brands, an online media and tech company, announced today that it has acquired travel division Fodor’s from Penguin Random House. The deal is expected to completed soon. Full press release below: Fodor’s Travel to be acquired by Internet Brands from Penguin Random House LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (June 21, 2016)—Penguin Random House,...

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PRH Audio Gives Away Free AudioBook for Audiobook Month

Penguin Random House Audio announced that June is Audiobook Month, and to celebrate the publisher is giving away free audiobook versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Starting June 24 at 10am ET, and lasting 24 hours, users can download their free copy through PRH Audio’s Facebook page or its Volumes app. PRH Audio...

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National Readathon Day Campaign Now Includes Facebook Donate Option

Penguin Random House announced today that readers can now donate to National Readathon Day through Facebook. The publisher is working with the American Library Association (ALA) on the community-building initiative. National Readathon Day is this Saturday, May 21. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the National Book Foundation and its...

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National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the...

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Inkshares Book to Become TV Show and Audiobook

For the first time, start-up crowdfunded publisher Inkshares has sold major TV and audiobook rights for one of its books. Titled The Show, the book is written by ex-Google employee Filip Syta and follows a Google-like company called Show and its culture of drugs, sex and partying. The TV rights offer was made by a soon-to-be-announced video...

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Female Publishing Leaders Talk Gender Equality at Work

In a discussion titled “Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Tech” on the third day of Digital Book World 2016, female publishing executives discussed what it takes to grow their businesses while encouraging gender equality in all sectors of the business world. Moderated by Charlotte Abbott of Abbott Communications and INscribe Digital, the talk...

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Penguin Random House Inks Amazon Deal

With Penguin Random House announcing a new multi-year distribution contract with Amazon, all Big Five publishers have now come to terms with the e-tailer. What those terms consist of, though, remains to be seen in the case of the world’s largest trade publisher, which declined to confirm whether it, too, had agreed to a...

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Penguin Random House and Amazon Reach New Ebook Deal

The world’s largest trade publisher today confirms it’s reached a multi-year agreement for Amazon to distribute its print and digital titles in the US and U.K., becoming the final Big Five publisher to do so. A spokesperson for Penguin Random House, speaking to Publishers Weekly, declined to give further details about the terms of the...

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‘Easy’ Publishing Is Hard

There’s no shortage of digital products and solutions on the market aimed at streamlining publishers’ processes and making their businesses more efficient. But as Bibliocloud’s Emma Barnes points out, the most innovative new systems are only as good as their most rickety integration points with existing ones. “If you’re not very careful,” Barnes cautions,...

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How to (Really) Plan for Digital

“When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting?” digital production expert Laura Brady asks. Inviting ebook developers to the table early in the publishing process isn’t about scrambling the production-editorial circuit. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. “The in-house crew responsible for the ebook will have a perspective...

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Penguin Random House Revamps Web Presence

Most publishers, it’s been noted, don’t have especially strong relationships with their readers. Penguin Random House unveils a unified consumer-facing website designed to change that—in the words of CEO Markus Dohle, “one author, one book, and one reader at a time.” Like other recent editorially driven discovery efforts, the new site combines information on...

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Penguin Random House Launches Discovery-Focused Website

It was said back in January that 2015 would be the year of the customer, with publishers thinking afresh about how to build direct relationships with readers. And sure enough, Penguin Random House today launches a new website that greatly expands its consumer-facing marketing and discovery efforts. As CEO Markus Dohle put it in a...

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Penguin Random House Joins Scribd on Audiobooks

When Hachette and Penguin Random House joined in the launch of Oyster’s ebookstore last week, both made it clear they have no intention of putting their ebooks on the subscription model. But who said anything about audiobooks? Adding 9,000 digital audiobook titles to Scribd’s catalog, Penguin Random House deepens its collaboration with the major...

Penguin Random House Tries Subscription Audiobooks with Scribd

Penguin Random House may be keeping its ebooks out of the subscription market, but not its audiobooks. One week after partnering with Oyster on its newly launched ebookstore—but not on its subscription platform—the world’s biggest trade publisher brings more than 9,000 digital audiobook titles to Oyster’s competitor in the subscription ebook space, Scribd. (Oyster does not offer...

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Penguin Random House Puts Ebooks on Trains

A new partnership brings a selection of more than twenty popular Penguin Random House ebooks to Amtrak’s Acela Express passengers. The commercial rail operator rolls out a new digital content platform where travelers can read free excerpts of the publisher’s titles, then purchase any of them with the click of a “buy” button. HarperCollins...

Penguin Random House Brings Ebooks to Acela Passengers

Penguin Random House adds free samples of some of its best-selling ebooks to the digital content platform Amtrak is launching for Acela Express passengers. Similar to a partnership HarperCollins reached with JetBlue in November 2014, the Penguin Random House program allows passengers who like the excerpts they read to purchase the complete title. The offering also includes Penguin Random House audiobooks,...

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Closing the Gaps in Readers’ Sales Journeys

Few publishers have marketing programs in place at every stage of a reader’s path toward making a book purchase. That’s partly because most publishers are still figuring out how to build meaningful relationships directly with their readers. But as marketing expert Murray Izenwasser and others have recently argued, a great discoverability strategy no longer...

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Penguin Random House Still Sweeping Ebook Best-Seller List

Even as we’ve looked for signs of renewed agency ebook pricing impacting best-selling ebooks (and found few), and remarked on the continued power of media tie-ins to shape the rankings, the real story is a rather old one: the ongoing dominance of the world’s largest trade publisher, Penguin Random House. During the last holiday season, Penguin Random...