Amazon Brings Goodreads Closer

A new feature further integrates Goodreads with the Amazon ecosystem, UK publishers react to Amazon’s power, Book Expo America hosts start-up pitch contest and much more.

Penguin Partners With We Transfer on Cover Art Discovery Project

[Press Release] Penguin Books collaborates with WeTransfer to showcase covers by leading designers and artists 16 April 2014, London – A new creative partnership between Penguin Books and free file-transfer service, WeTransfer, announced today, will see unique Penguin book covers …

Penguin Opens up 17,000 Ebooks to Schools Through OverDrive

[Press Release] 17,000 Penguin Group (USA) eBooks now available for U.S. schools through OverDrive Digital titles include Superfudge, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Kite Runner and many classics OverDrive announced today that more than 17,000 Penguin Group (USA) eBooks …

Penguin Releases Ebook Collection Through Follett

[Press Release] Follett Announces Ebook Partnership with Penguin Group (USA) Agreement is part of Follett’s continuing effort to expand access to popular digital titles Follett announced it has launched a collection of nearly 17,000 ebook titles for Pre-K–12 students from Penguin …

Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014

It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in the history of the business. Seeing as though 2013 is just about over, we’ve gathered more publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2014. In the interest of being truly bold, we’re going to start with the boldest predictions first. Enjoy.

Digital Reading: Innovation Abroad and At Home

 If you’re involved with some excellent digital work going on in publishing, consider entering the2014  Digital Book Awards today. Deadline for entry: October 15, 2013 ++++ I had a chance to talk to Matt Mullin, Digital Content Manager for Barnes …

Penguin Expands Library Sales Through Partnership With Axis 360

Related: Penguin Resumes Selling Thousands of Ebooks to Libraries [Press Release] Penguin Group to Distribute eBooks to Public Libraries via Axis 360 – Thousands of digital titles, including DK Publishing material, to be available following successful test program – Baker …

Penguin Resumes Selling Thousands of Ebooks to Libraries

Penguin has resumed allowing library ebook vendor OverDrive to sell its ebooks to libraries across the U.S., according to a blog post from the vendor. Nearly two years after pulling out of selling books through OverDrive and over a year …

New Penguin Contracts With Amazon and Others?

Penguin may have new contracts with Amazon and other retailers, reports Publishers Lunch. Digital Book World has been tracking anomalous prices for Penguin titles on Amazon and other retailers for weeks. Several tips have come in from sources that wanted …

Book Country Adds New Features

Book Country, the genre book workshopping and self-publishing platform from Penguin has added new features designed to further engage readers with Book Country and to help them communicate with each other. The new features include a newly expanded “genre map,” …

Penguin Launches First to Read: NetGalley for Consumers

Penguin has launched First to Read, 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 …

The Change Agents: Jeff Gomez

The Change Agents is an occasional series spotlighting the work of of people inside Big Publishing who are confronting disruption with creativity, and helping their respective companies adapt, adjust, innovate, and reinvent. Read the anchor post here. If you’re a publisher …

Penguin’s Book Country Makes Changes, Adds Features, More to Come

Responding to a changing self-publishing landscape, including Pearson’s acquisition of leading self-publishing services provider Author Solutions, Penguin’s Book Country workshopping and self-publishing community has made some changes and added new features, including a free ebook creation, publication and distribution tool. …

Best-Selling Ebooks of 2012

The top six best-selling ebooks of 2012 are all part of the Fifty Shades and Hunger Games trilogies. One interesting thing about these two trilogies as top sellers is that one is all about sex and discretely for adults and the other awkwardly avoids mentions of sex and was directed toward a younger audience.

Size Doesn’t Matter in Publishing

The announcement of a proposed merger between Random House and Penguin publishers has generated quite a stir, because it would create the largest publisher in America. Many people believe that this merger is meant to give the two publishers increased …

Penguin and Random House Combine to Form World’s Largest Book Publisher

Pearson and Bertelsmann plan to combine their Penguin and Random House trade publishing businesses to form the world’s largest trade book publisher. The deal will be subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the second half of 2013. The combined firm will be called Penguin Random House, the company announced in a statement this morning.

Penguin E-Books to Appear in Libraries Nationwide by Year End

According to an announcement from library e-books provider 3M, Penguin e-books will be sold to all customers using the 3M Cloud Library by the end of the year. Currently, Penguin e-books are only available to customers of the New York and Brooklyn public libraries, which are being used by Penguin as a testing ground for a pilot program the publisher has launched for e-book library lending.