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Arts Publicist Shocks World: It's Not About the Money - Posted January 15, 2014
Meet Harrison Kelly. He runs a firm in Hong Kong called Flatcap Asia which represents ... [PRNewser]

Fox PR Says New Roger Ailes Book Is Totally False Because They Didn't Fact-Check It - Posted January 8, 2014
"Randi Anderson, a television producer who went to work for CNBC when Ailes was running that channel twenty years ago...alleges that Ailes offered her an extra $100 a week to have sex with him whenever he wanted." See, we knew there was a reason the Fox News organization was trying s... [PRNewser]

Random House Prepares to Feel the Wrath of Fox News - Posted January 6, 2014
Today Capital New York describes a "big roll-out" for The Loudest Voice in the Room... [PRNewser]

PR Win: Publishers Run with Charitable #HolidayHaiku Campaign - Posted December 12, 2013
So Penguin and Random House ran a creative charity campaign on Twitter today in a partnership with NY hunger non-profit City Harvest. Attention #Haiku lovers & writers: For every #HolidayHaiku tweet today we will donate $1 to ... [PRNewser]

Random House Facebook App BookScout Adds Seasonal Recommendations, Mobile App - Posted May 29, 2013
BookScout, the book-centric Facebook ... [AllFacebook]

David Zinczenko Signs Deal with Random House - Posted April 15, 2013
David Zinczenko -- a man we once believed could provide us with SIX PACK ABS IN 8 EASY STEPS -- has just signed a deal with Random House. ... [Fishbowl NY]

David Zinczenko Signs Deal with Random House - Posted April 15, 2013
David Zinczenko -- a man we once believed could provide us with SIX PACK ABS IN 8 EASY STEPS -- has just signed a deal with Random House. ... [FishbowlNY]

Random House's BookScout App Adds New Features For Facebook's Timeline Redesign - Posted March 13, 2013
Publisher Random House pounced on the ... [AllFacebook]

Random House Updates BookScout Facebook App - Posted March 13, 2013
Random House has updated BookScout, the publishing house's digital Facebook discovery tool, adding new social sharing features and optimizing for tablets. Readers can now add their BookScout activity to the "Books" section of their Fac... [FishbowlDC]

Random House Updates BookScout Facebook App - Posted March 13, 2013
Random House has updated BookScout, the publishing house's digital Facebook discovery tool, adding new social sharing features and optimizing for tablets. Readers can now add their BookScout activity to the "Books" section of their Fac... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Facebook Adds Open Graph Actions Such As Run, Quote, Want To Watch - Posted March 8, 2013
Facebook has been experimenting with ways that allow users to be more expressive -- such as structured status updates and... [AllFacebook]

First Lance Armstrong 'False Advertising' Suit Filed (by a PR Exec!) - Posted January 24, 2013
We just couldn't resist: today marks the filing of the first post-Oprah lawsuit against admitted liar and ... [PRNewser]

Random House Launches BookScout Facebook App - Posted January 22, 2013
Publisher Random House created a Facebook appli... [AllFacebook]

How to Submit Your Novel in the New Year - Posted December 31, 2012
Want to make a potentially life-changing New Year's resolution? Resolve to submit your novel to a writing contest or digital imprint this year. Here are three ways to get your book out there right now... ... [AllTwitter]

How to Submit Your Novel in the New Year - Posted December 31, 2012
Want to make a potentially life-changing New Year's resolution? Resolve to submit your novel to a writing contest or digital imprint this year. Here are three ways to get your book out there right now... ... [GalleyCat]

Adventures in Marketing: 'Fifty Shades of Chicken' - Posted December 21, 2012
Today we bring you what is, without a doubt, one of our favorite marketing projects of the year. First: You may have heard that Random House employees ... [PRNewser]

Facebook Rolls Gifts Out To More Users, Announces New Partners At FAO Schwarz Event - Posted November 16, 2012
Tis the season for giving, and Facebook is... [AllFacebook]

This Week on the Mediabistro Job Board: HarperCollins, Random House, Oxford University Press - Posted November 15, 2011
This week, HarperCollins is hiring a publicist, while Random House is on the hunt for a ... [GalleyCat]

This Week on the Mediabistro Job Board: Penguin, Hachette, Kirkus Media - Posted October 31, 2011
This week, Penguin is looking for a new publicist/producer, while Hachette Book Group is on the hunt for a new ... [semanticweb.com]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Amazon, Emerson College, Fodors.com - Posted October 3, 2011
This week, Amazon is hiring a designer/producer for Kindle marketing, while Emerson College is looking for a ... [GalleyCat]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Macmillan, Perseus Books, BenBella Books - Posted September 29, 2011
This week, Macmillian is hiring a director for its Quick and Dirty Tips series, while Perseus is hiring a ... [GalleyCat]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Macmillan, Perseus Books, BenBella Books - Posted September 28, 2011
This week, Macmillian is hiring a director for its Quick and Dirty Tips series, while Perseus is hiring a ... [semanticweb.com]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Random House, Vintage Anchor, CreateSpace - Posted September 13, 2011
This week, Random House is looking for a senior editor, while Vintage Anchor is on the hunt for a new ... [GalleyCat]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Quirk Books, Henry Holt, Random House - Posted August 16, 2011
This week, Quirk Books is hiring not one, but two new staff members -- an adult trade acquisitions editor and a ... [GalleyCat]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Quirk Books, Henry Holt, Random House - Posted August 15, 2011
This week, Quirk Books is hiring not one, but two new staff members -- an adult trade acquisitions editor and a ... [semanticweb.com]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Random House, Crown, Chronicle - Posted August 5, 2011
This week, Random House is hiring a new project manager, and Random House subsidiary Crown Publishing is loo... [AllTwitter]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Random House, Penguin, BowTie Inc. - Posted July 22, 2011
This week, Random House has a brand-new opening for an imprint sales manager, and Penguin is on the hunt for an ... [GalleyCat]

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Macmillian, Random House, Perseus - Posted July 14, 2011
We have several great opportunities for you this week. Macmillan is on the hunt for a director to run its digital media and branded p... [GalleyCat]

Random House Adopts Agency Pricing Model; ABA Applauds - Posted March 1, 2011
Random House announced yesterday afternoon that they will follow the agency pricing model for digital books--a model that allows publishers to set the price of a book and keep pricing even across booksellers. The American Booksellers Association immediately issued a statement sup... [GalleyCat]

Penguin Partners with NetGalley - Posted February 15, 2011
Starting this winter, Penguin Group (USA) will distribute review copies through NetGalley--a digital option for book reviewers. Penguin can now invite reviewers, media contacts, and... [GalleyCat]

Would You Run Away with J.D. Salinger? - Posted February 10, 2011
33-year-old J.D. Salinger tried to run away with a married woman at a Harper's Magazine party in 1952, one writer explained in ... [GalleyCat]

Sloane Crosley Leaving Random House - Posted November 19, 2010
Sloane Crosley has finally determined that there will, in fact, be no cake. She's ... [PRNewser]

Random House eBook Sales Increase 300% In First Half Of 2010 - Posted November 11, 2010
Random House U.S. eBook sales increased 300% in the first half of the year, and comparably in Germany and UK. According to a press release from media conglomerate Bertelsmann, which owns Random House, revenues for the publisher grew from 733 million (about... [Inside Mobile Apps]

HarperCollins CEO Says eBooks Make Up 9% Of Sales - Posted October 7, 2010
Over the summer, Random House Chief Executive Markus Dohle told the German Magazine Der Spiegel that he expects eBooks to contribute to more ... [Inside Mobile Apps]

New Gig For Ruth Reichl - Posted September 30, 2010
It's been almost exactly one year since Gourmet magazine shut its doors, and left editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl unemployed. So her many fans should be pleased to hear that Reichl has taken a position with Random House as an editor-at-large, and has more books on the horizon. From the LA Times blog... [FishbowlLA]

Ex-Ladies Home Journal Editor Becomes Publisher At Broadway Books - Posted May 26, 2009
Our colleagues at GalleyCat have news that former Ladies Home Journal editor-in-chief ... [Fishbowl NY]

Ex-Ladies Home Journal Editor Becomes Publisher At Broadway Books - Posted May 26, 2009
Our colleagues at GalleyCat have news that former Ladies Home Journal editor-in-chief ... [FishbowlNY]

John McCain's Little Golden Book - Posted September 4, 2008
Eat the Press correspondent Rachel Sklar didn't just go to Meghan McCain's book party Monday night, she took pictures of just about every page of My Dad, John McCain, the twentysomething blogger's new children's book. "What I find interesting about this... [GalleyCat]

So, Did Random House Censor Sherry Jones? - Posted August 28, 2008
Stanley Fish caught up with the controversy surrounding Sherry Jones's still-unpublished The Jewel of Medina, and wanted to remind NY Times readers that, whatever else you might say about ... [GalleyCat]

Literary Prize Blacklists Random Over Medina - Posted August 28, 2008
Here's an interesting sidenote to the Sherry Jones situation: The Langam Charitable Trust has issued a statement deploring Random House's cancellation of Jones's novel so strongly that "unt... [GalleyCat]

Another Look at that YA Morality Clause - Posted August 25, 2008
Remember last week's item about Random House's YA morality clause? That clause, which Random's UK division was inserting into contracts in order to give itself leverage over authors who "act or behave in a way which damages your reputation as a person suitable to work with or be associated with children,"... [GalleyCat]

It Seems Some Woman Wrote a Novel About Muhammad's Wife - Posted August 21, 2008
Since Michelle Boorstein is the religion correspondent for the Washington Post, and doesn't usually cover the book beat, it's understandable that today's recap of the Jewel of M... [GalleyCat]

Are You Pure Enough to Write YA? - Posted August 21, 2008
A few weeks back, Guardian blogger Sian Pettenden called attention to a morality clause in Random House's contracts for children's book authors: According to an alert distributed by a UK-based support group for writers and illustrators of literature... [GalleyCat]

Rushdie: Random Gave In To "Censorship By Fear" - Posted August 15, 2008
Ever since the world learned about Random House's cancellation of The Jewel of Medina over what the company described as "cautionary advice" that publishing a novel narrated by the youngest wife of the Prophet Muhammad might exp... [GalleyCat]

Sherry Jones & The Jewel of Medina: Which Side Are You On? - Posted August 13, 2008
Neither Andy nor I was able to make it to Mark Weston's book party last week, but luckily for us Wiley publicist Cynthia Shannon thought to ask... [GalleyCat]

Scott Moyers Won't Be A Junior Jackal - Posted September 12, 2007
The Observer's Leon Nayfakh catches up with former book editor Scott Moyers, now comfortably ensconced within the Wylie Agency as a literary agent. In the last month alone, Moyers has sold books to Doubleday, Scribner, Random House... [GalleyCat]

How A.N. Wilson Got Left Off the Booker Shortlist - Posted September 10, 2007
In truth, A.N. Wilson's WINNIE AND WOLF was never actually on the shortlist for the Booker Prize - but for about 15 minutes, he writes in the Telegraph, Wilson didn't realize there was a mistake because "shortly before four o'clock [the day of the announcement] they rang me in tremendous excitement.... [GalleyCat]

The Next, Still Pessimistic Chapter for E-Books - Posted September 6, 2007
The New York Times' Brad Stone doesn't really add much more about the next generation e-book readers like Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader, but since people reading the NYT aren't necessarily reading GalleyCat (or tech-related websites and blogs, for that matter... [GalleyCat]

After Napster Payout, Bertelsmann Still Keen to Acquire - Posted September 5, 2007
Reuters reports that Berteslmann, Random House's parent company, said on Tuesday it was keen to target acquisitions in education publishing as it posted a first-half loss due largely to litigation costs. Bertelsmann Chief Financial Officer Thomas Rabe said the company should be in a position to make significant acquisitions from next... [GalleyCat]

First Half Sales Slow for Random House - Posted September 4, 2007
The Bookseller's Philip Jones reports that Random House registered a slight year-on-year decline in its first-half revenues and earnings, according to parent Bertelsmann. The group blamed the decline on the "cost of investing in future growth", and came despite a strong perf... [GalleyCat]

Bertelsmann to Restructure Direct Group Unit - Posted August 29, 2007
Reuters reports that Bertelsmann (parent company of Random House) plans to carve up its Direct-Group unit. Bertelsmann bosses will discuss the new structure of the division, which includes the group's book club businesses and generates annual sales of some 2.7 billion euros ($3.7 billi... [GalleyCat]

Random House Donates $1M to First Book - Posted August 28, 2007
Random House announced Monday that it was donating $1 million to First Book, a nonprofit organization that has given millions of books to needy children since its founding in 1992, reports the Associated Press. "As publishing professionals who spend our days surrounded by and immersed in books, it is difficult to... [GalleyCat]

Tony Blair to Meet Publishers This Fall - Posted August 24, 2007
Even though it's highly likely that a memoir from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is years in the offing, that doesn't mean there can't be stories about every permutation and combination relating to such a possible step. To wit, the Bookseller's Katherine Rushton reports that Blair will... [GalleyCat]

Blair Picks Barnett to Broker Book Deal - Posted August 17, 2007
Yesterday afternoon the Bookseller broke the story that literary lawyer to the stars Bob Barnett would be representing Tony Blair - and shopping around the former UK prime minister's interests to America first. So of course, people are wondering a) who will get the book and... [GalleyCat]

Egmont Guns for US Kids' Market - Posted August 17, 2007
Egmont is planning to launch a U.S. business next year following a move into third place in the UK children's publisher league table, ahead of rivals Random House and HarperCollins, reports the Bookseller's Katherine Rushton. "We are looking to develop a U.S. business, and we will look to establish a U.S.... [GalleyCat]

Yes, Virginia, Harry Potter Changed the Publishing Industry - Posted August 3, 2007
As sales of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS climb enough to sell out its first printing - prompting Scholastic to up the number of copies in print to 14 million - AP's Hillel Italie asks a slew of publishing mo... [GalleyCat]

Cannon Named Editor-at-Large at Ballantine - Posted July 31, 2007
Pamela Cannon will join the Random House Publishing Group as Editor at Large, Ballantine Books, specializing in acquiring and editing lifestyle books. Cannon's hire is effective September 10 and she will report to Libby McGuire, Senior Vice President and Publisher, working from her office in Weston, Connecticut. Previously, Cannon ran her... [GalleyCat]

Bestselling Kids' Books Spark Language Debate - Posted July 26, 2007
It figures that the NYT would wake up to the Junie B. Jones "controversy" ages after everyone else did (remember, Sarah: NYT is for mass audience. GalleyCat is for informed smart publishing people. Gotcha) but Anna Jane Grossman has a pretty good rundown as to why t... [GalleyCat]

Borders Gets In On the Mobile Game - Posted July 10, 2007
Borders is set to work with top book publishers including Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury to deliver the first chapters of forthcoming books from authors on mobile, according to NMA. The plan is to offer consumers the opportunity to read up to 30 samplers for free every month. The chapters... [GalleyCat]

NYPL Installs First Espresso Book Machine - Posted June 22, 2007
Yesterday morning, the first Espresso Book Machine was installed and demonstrated at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL), located on 188 Madison Avenue. The EBM will be available to the public at SIBL through August, and will operate Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to... [GalleyCat]

Bertelsmann Expands Further Into China - Posted June 21, 2007
China Daily reports that Berteslmann, parent company of Random House, sees huge potential in China's media and publishing markets and hopes to generate about 10 percent of its global sales revenue in China in the next few years. Gunter Thielen, board chairman of German Bertelsmann AG, introduced the group's China... [GalleyCat]

Random House Revolving Door Widens Editorial and Marketing/Distribution Dichotomy - Posted June 18, 2007
Last week's post about Daniel Menaker's exit and the larger implications for Random House served as unwitting inspiration for Sara Nelson's column in this week's issue of Publishers Weekly. After recapping what she terms (and I concur is) a "stunning" number of job sw... [GalleyCat]

Bertelsmann Launches Dutch Chain - Posted June 14, 2007
The Bookseller reports that Bertelsmann, Random House's parent company, is expanding its Direct Group with the launch of a new bookselling chain in the Netherlands. The first branch in the Cosmox chain, which combines traditional bookshops with book clubs and online activities, will launch in Alkmaar this autumn. At least two... [GalleyCat]

Who Spiked the Water at 1745 Broadway? - Posted June 11, 2007
It's been a very strange week for the world's largest publishing company. First we had Wednesday's surprise announcement that Crown svp and publisher Steve Ross would be moving to Collins, with ... [GalleyCat]

Facts & Figures of Random House - Posted June 5, 2007
Tucked away in the business section, New York Magazine featured some revealing, if still unsurprising factoids about the book business as seen through the eyes of America's largest trade publisher, Random House. Every week the company releases 67 new books, but it's the the 33,000-book backlist... [GalleyCat]

Publishers Get Into the Speakers' Bureau Game - Posted June 4, 2007
At the New York Times, Celia McGee highlights the growing number of publishers who have set up separate speakers' bureaus for select authors. In the last two years, several major publishing houses have set up speakers bureaus. HarperCollins was the first, in May 2005, followed b... [GalleyCat]

Publishers Enlarge Print For Boomers' Needs - Posted May 31, 2007
The Hartford Courant's Korky Vann looks at the ever-growing need on the part of baby boomers and older for larger print type - and how publishers like Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, Harlequin Enterprises, Random House and HarperCollins have launched or are about to launch programs that will cater to this... [GalleyCat]

Announcing...the Tesco Book Club - Posted May 30, 2007
Tesco and Random House are teaming up to launch the Tesco Book Club, reports Booktrade.info. Tesco will select one Random House Group title each month which will be featured in their stores nationwide, branded with Tesco Book Club branding. The launch title, INNOCENT TRAITOR by Alison Weir, will be followed by... [GalleyCat]

Rosie De Courcy Joins Random House UK - Posted May 23, 2007
The Bookseller reports that veteran publisher Rosie de Courcy has joined Trevor Dolby's new imprint at Random House. She starts immediately as publishing director of the as-yet unnamed imprint, with plans to publish in the region of 6 to 8 no... [GalleyCat]

A Further Look at Random House Films - Posted May 18, 2007
The WSJ's Jeff Trachtenberg turns his attention to the partnership between Random House and Focus Features and its first collaboration, the ... [GalleyCat]

Miller Moves from Vintage to Knopf - Posted May 15, 2007
PW Daily reports that Vintage/Anchor senior editor Andrew Miller is moving floors in the Random House building as a result of his new gig as a senior editor at Knopf. "Andrew is an exceptional editor who, in his tenure at Vintage/Anchor, has demonstrated a keen eye for topical nonfiction," said Knopf... [GalleyCat]

Slight Q1 Loss for Bertelsmann - Posted May 15, 2007
Bertelsmann, the international media company and parent company of Random House, announced that the company continued its positive development in the first quarter of 2007. Adjusted for portfolio and foreign exchange effects, revenue rose by 1.7 percent year on year, to 4.4 billion euros. Reported revenue declined slightly though, since this... [GalleyCat]

Department of Publishing Obvious: Nobody Knows Anything - Posted May 13, 2007
Wow, I'm sure the entire world needed the New York Times business section to tell them that the publishing industry doesn't work like every other business because oops, they can't really predict bestsellers and big advances don't always correlate to big sales and small advances can break wide and... [GalleyCat]

Kim Scott Walwyn Prize to Nature - Posted May 11, 2007
The Guardian reports that the Kim Scott Walwyn prize, set up in 2004 to celebrate outstanding achievements by women in publishing, has been awarded to the head of the Nature Publishing Group, Annette Thomas. Thomas beat Rebecca Carter, editor-at-large at Random House, and ... [GalleyCat]

Random House & Asda Team Up for Chantelle Mobile Marketing Campaign - Posted May 3, 2007
NMA reports that Random House and Asda are looking to capture data on young, tech-savvy audiences via a mobile marketing campaign for Celebrity Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton's new book, LIVING THE DRE... [GalleyCat]

Dateline LBF: Further to the Dealmaking - Posted April 18, 2007
Peter Ackroyd moves from Random House to Macmillan in a six-book deal. (the Bookseller) UK rights to Eagles guitarist Don Felder's HEAVEN AND HELL: MY LIFE AS AN EAGLE went to Wiedenfeld & Nicholson. US rights are with Hyperion. (... [GalleyCat]

Dateline LBF: Deals 'o the Day - Posted April 17, 2007
HarperCollins gets the UK rights to Andre Agassi's memoirs. (PN) Sceptre gets UK dibs on Michael Chabon's NYT-serialized adventure novel GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD. (... [GalleyCat]

One of the Easiest Answers Ever Published - Posted April 9, 2007
"Why, why, why would a company publish a book this good and then practically demand that people not read it?" he asks. "Why not put the heroine on the jacket [and] "sell this baby a little?" - Stephen King on FIELDWORK by Mischa Berlinski, Entertainment Weekly "[H]ow do you... [GalleyCat]

Arrests in India on Pirated Book Charges - Posted April 5, 2007
Six people were arrested for distribution and printing of pirated books worth Rs.135 million in the national capital, reports the Indo-Asian News Service. According to police, raids were conducted after a complaint from some foreign publishing houses, including the Publishers Association of United Kingdom, HarperCollins, Random House and Hodder Headline. They... [GalleyCat]

Record Numbers for Dawn French's Memoir - Posted April 2, 2007
Just when you thought the UK would stop going all celebrity memoir-crazy, now the tide's turned - they're going comic memoir-crazy. After the staggering success of Peter Kay's book last fall, eight publishers, including Century, part of Random House, HarperCollins and Orion, are all in the hunt to secure the scribblings... [GalleyCat]

Obligatory Oprah Book Club Speculation Post - Posted March 26, 2007
A little more quietly than usual (though no doubt there will be some more fanfare about it today) Oprah Winfrey announced that she will select her next book club pick on Wednesday, the same day Winfrey hosts the author of her current selection, Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier. ... [GalleyCat]

North by Northwest Publishing - Posted March 13, 2007
The Oregonian's Abby Haight spotlights various publishers operating out of the Northwest region, including the now suddenly-successful Beyond Words Publishing. Not long ago, the 12-person company traveled the West Coast selling their titles out of the back of their car. But now that they've used a partnership with Simon & Schuster... [GalleyCat]

BookSense.com Adds HarperCollins, Random House Book Content - Posted March 2, 2007
Continuing this week's theme of being able to search publishers' book catalog on their own terms, Booksense.com, the American Booksellers Association's turnkey e-commerce product for member bookstores, has launched functionality to allow consumers to view book content from two leading publishers, according to a statement released today. Content from HarperCollins' "Browse... [GalleyCat]

Random House Launches its Own Flash Player - Posted February 28, 2007
Publishers Marketplace broke the story yesterday (and featured the player on its home page all day, too) but the official word is out about Insight, Random House's own online book content search and browsing service. The company said in a statement issued late yesterday that it will make the text ... [GalleyCat]

Happy 100th, W.H. Auden - Posted February 21, 2007
Today marks the 100th anniversary of famed poet W.H. Auden, and PW Daily's Dermot McEvoy has a nice piece on Auden's work and publishing history... [GalleyCat]

Princess Masako Biography Translation Cancelled - Posted February 20, 2007
Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported on Japanese publisher Kondasha's decision to cancel a translation of Australian journalist Ben Hills' biography of Princess Masako, which was released by Random House here in D... [GalleyCat]

The Problem of Using Real Names in Fiction - Posted February 5, 2007
In the wake of James Frey, perhaps this story might have come out months after the book's publication instead of while the advanced uncorrected proofs were circulating. But it is a post-Frey world, and so a single story in Simon Rich's upcoming collection ANT FARM: AND OTHER DESPERATE SITUATION will be... [GalleyCat]

Weisberg Departs from Random House - Posted January 31, 2007
PW Daily reported yesterday that Don Weisberg, who has headed the large Random House sales group since Random's acquisition by Bertelsmann in 1998, will leave the company February 28. Weisberg, who is executive vp and COO of North America, also oversees Random House of Canada. All of his duties will be... [GalleyCat]

Making Money from Government Commission Reports - Posted January 30, 2007
Fortune's Eugenia Levenson analyzes why freely available and lengthy government reports, such as the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group Reports, are selling like gangbusters. The latter book, published by Random House imprint Vintage, has spent six weeks on The New York Times... [GalleyCat]

Regan a Clef and More Publishing-Inspired Books - Posted January 26, 2007
AP's Hillel Italie is the latest reporter to profile Bridie Clark and her debut novel BECAUSE SHE CAN. No matter how much she and Warner Books, the book's publisher, swear up and down that the dragon-lady boss character, Vivian Grant, bears no resemblance to Judith Regan... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Court Date Set for February 7, Perseus Court Filing Details - Posted January 26, 2007
PW Daily reported yesterday that anyone who has any objection to Perseus Books Group's 70 cents on the dollar offer for Publisher Group West clients have until February 7 to file motions with the bankruptcy court, according to a notice issued by the Delaware court on Wednesday. If no objections are... [GalleyCat]

Changes to Bertelsmann Board - Posted January 25, 2007
The Mohn family, which owns the giant conglomerate (and parent company of Random House) Bertelsmann, has implemented some changes to its supervisory board. A Bertelsmann spokesman confirmed to Scott Roxbrough Wednesday that changes to the Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft (BVG), the holding company that contro... [GalleyCat]

Random House's Longest-Serving Editor Is Feted - Posted January 23, 2007
After reading Dinitia Smith's story about Robert Loomis, who's just turned 80 and has spent a record 50 years as an editor at Random House, I feel very red-faced. Because Korda, Mayhew, Mehta and Gottlieb are names that trip easily off my publishing-wonk tong... [GalleyCat]

Ostrowski Chosen to be Bertelsmann's New CEO - Posted January 19, 2007
As expected, Liz Mohn, head of the German dynasty that controls Bertelsmann, nominated board member Hartmut Ostrowski to succeed Gunter Thielen as chief executive of Europe's largest media conglomerate, reports the Financial Times. The 64-year-old Thielen will take over as chai... [GalleyCat]

Bertelsmann to pick new CEO - Posted January 16, 2007
The man on the left is Hartmut Ostrowski, head of the printing company Arvato and the current front-runner for the plum position of being the CEO of Bertelsmann (the parent company of Arvato, BMG and Random House.) ... [GalleyCat]

Today in AMS: Bankruptcy Court asked to stop publisher claims - Posted January 10, 2007
So reads the headline on Peg Brickley's report for Forbes (picked up by the newswires late yesterday) as Advanced Marketing Services asked a Delware bankruptcy court on Monday to put the brakes on moves by publishers to reclaim millions of dollars in unsold inventory. The company filed a promised motion seeking... [GalleyCat]

Independent Publishers Get Hurt by AMS Chapter 11 Filing - Posted January 4, 2007
Declaring bankruptcy isn't exactly the best way to begin the new year, but that's exactly what has happened as Advanced Marketing Services filed Chapter 11 papers on December 29. The full text filing is available via ... [GalleyCat]

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