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The Merger Has Been Finalized – Random Penguin Solutions is Born

The Merger Has Been Finalized – Random Penguin Solutions is Born | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"Bertelsmann and Pearson have officially announced today that they have completed all the steps required to merge 2 of the world’s largest publishing conglomerates into an even more unwieldy monolith.

Random Penguin Solutions will be jointly owned by Pearson and Bertelsmann, with the latter controlling 53% of the new company."

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The Decline and Fall of the Paperback?

The Decline and Fall of the Paperback? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In 2009, Penguin Group, one of the most successful publishers in the world, printed a charming history called The Book of Penguin, in the slim, orange paperback format that the company made famous in the mid-20th century.
Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:

"If that micro-manifesto sounds slightly defensive, it might be because that highly advanced form of entertainment is starting to look a tad outmoded. E-books are ever more popular, eminently practical, and pleasantly cheap; hardcovers may always have a degree of shelf-worthy cachet. But where paperbacks fit into the evolving publishing landscape is less clear. It seems possible that paperbacks may lose their spot in the marketplace altogether."

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The World’s First Truly Global Trade Book Publishing Company Launches

The World’s First Truly Global Trade Book Publishing Company Launches | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The global senior executive team for Penguin Random House was announced today (July 1st 2013) by Chief Executive Officer Markus Dohle, following the closing of the transaction by shareholders Bertelsmann SE & Co.
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"The Bookseller reveals, “Pearson and Bertelsmann said that they intended that the combined organisation’s level of organic investment in authors and new product models would ‘exceed the total investment of Penguin and Random House as independent publishing houses’.”"

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Penguin Launches New Program to Get Early Copies of eBooks to Adoring Fans (AKA Thieving Pirates) - The Digital Reader

Penguin Launches New Program to Get Early Copies of eBooks to Adoring Fans (AKA Thieving Pirates) - The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Are you eager to get an early look at your favorite author’s next book? Then I have good news and bad news for you. Penguin has just announced a new program called First to Read. According to the press release this is an “exciting new program that will grant readers free sneak peeks of some of Penguin’s most anticipated books – months before they are available in stores and online retailers”, but what we’re really looking at is Penguin’s latest marketing foray.
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