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More Than 140 Authors Urge Penguin Random House to Undo Break with Unions
December 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

Children’s authors David Almond, Michael Rosen and Meg Rosoff are among more than 140 writers, booksellers and librarians who have signed a letter calling on Penguin Random House to reinstate relations with two trade unions after talks broke down last week. The move came after the publisher of George Orwell, Jamie Oliver and bestsellers Fifty…

Penguin Random House Begins Search for New London Headquarters
December 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Penguin Random House has begun a search for a new London headquarters, in a move that could see it consolidate London staff brought together through a £2.4bn merger just over three years ago. The company is understood to have appointed agents at property adviser Knight Frank to hunt for a new office of between 80,000 and…

Press Release: First Book & PRH Partner to Bring New Books & Red Mittens to Kids in Need
December 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

WASHINGTON — December 5, 2016 — First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 150 million books to kids in need, and Penguin Random House, a global leader in children's publishing, are partnering to bring 5,000 brand-new books and pairs of warm red mittens to children in low-income communities this winter. The…

Hannah Glenny Made Head of Communications at PRH UK
November 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

Hannah Glenny, previously senior communications manager, has been promoted to the new role of head of UK communications at Penguin Random House UK. Glenny will take responsibility for PRH UK's group communications, reporting to Neil Morrison, director for strategy, culture and innovation.

New Chairman for Penguin Random House
November 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

John Makinson will retire as chairman of Penguin Random House at the end of the year, and will be succeeded by Philip Hoffman. Makinson had been CEO of the Penguin Group prior to its merger with Random House. Following the merger, Makinson was named chairman of the trade publisher…

Penguin Random House Rules the Children's Book Market
November 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

It comes as no surprise that Penguin Random House—the country’s largest trade publisher—is also the biggest children’s book publisher. But the size of the gap between PRH and second-place HarperCollins might raise a few eyebrows. According to data released by Nielsen BookScan at its October 27 Children’s…

PRH Launches Penguin Flipper Book Recommendation Tool
October 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Penguin Random House UK is launching Flipper, an online book recommendation engine, as part of a Christmas campaign to help customers choose the right Christmas present for loved ones. Penguin Flipper allows visitors to use filters — such as the age and personality of their loved ones, or the genre or setting of book — to…

PRH's Rebecca Smart Tackles Brexit Concerns at Global Publishing Summit
October 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Rebecca Smart, m.d. of Ebury, has reassured Frankfurt Book Fair attendees on the eve of the fair that Penguin Random House UK is "open as usual", declaring that the British are global and European citizens. Smart addressed Brexit concerns at the Global Publishers Summit in Frankfurt this morning (18th October). Smart, who likened waking up…

Publishing Risks 'Becoming Irrelevant,' Warns Penguin Random House Boss
October 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

The chief executive of the UK’s largest publisher has warned that the books industry will “become irrelevant” if it continues to fail to reflect the society we live in. Tom Weldon, chief executive of Penguin Random House UK, was speaking as the publisher launched a new scheme intended to discover and mentor authors from the…

Old Book, New Look: Why the Classics Are Flying Off the Shelves
September 22, 2016 at 11:50 am

Imagine you have a sudden burning desire to read David Copperfield, Charles Dickens’s favourite of all his novels. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, you could read it for nothing online but, correctly reasoning that it would be tedious to scroll through 600 pages on a screen, you go to a bookshop. There you find that David…