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Penguin Hotline Launched For the Holidays

penguin with a phonePenguin Random House has launched the Penguin hotline for the holidays.

Hundreds of Penguin staff members will be on hand to help anyone who makes a request for book recommendations. This online project is modeled after the Butterball Turkey Hotline which invites people to call in with questions they have about preparing turkeys.

Here’s more from the website: “Tell us as much as you’d like about that special someone on your gift list who deserves the right book. Once you submit the form, our Penguin Hotline staffers will get started picking books. Note that these really are individually selected recommendations, made by real people, not algorithms. This human touch means it may take us a day—or two—to get back to you.”

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Penguin Random House Audio Team Launches The ‘Volumes’ App

VolumesThe Penguin Random House Audio team has developed a new discovery app called “Volumes.”

With this free app, readers can listen to clips from works by Jodi PicoultSophie Kinsella, and Jim Gaffigan. Sometimes, full-length audiobooks will be made available at no charge. At the moment, users can download a free digital copy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which features the voice acting talents of Jim Dale.

Her’s more from the press release: “As part of the app’s launch, and to encourage users to give listening a try, Penguin Random House Audio is working with Literacy Partners to donate one audiobook (up to 25,000 audiobooks) for every person that downloads the app and pledges to listen. Listeners can take the pledge on Random House Audio’s Facebook page.” What are your favorite audiobooks?

Bertelsmann May Want to Buy More Shares of Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House LogoRumors are swirling that Bertelsmann SE will be making inquiries with Pearson PLC about increasing its ownership of Penguin Random House.

Currently, Bertelsmann controls 53% of the company while Pearson holds the remaining 47%. Some say that the executives at Pearson would be very willing to entertain conversations about this venture. Under its the shareholders agreement, Pearson will be able to sell some or all of its shares starting in October 2015.

Here’s more from Bloomberg: “Penguin Random House, the world’s largest book publisher, could be valued at 2.3 billion euros ($2.9 billion), based on a median multiple of 6.3 times paid for book publishers in the past three years and the target’s 2013 earnings. A buyout would give Bertelsmann — which has a war chest of several billion dollars according to Chief Executive Officer Thomas Rabe — more flexibility in running the business as the media house tightens its television, online, and print operations.” What do you think this would mean for the future of Penguin Random House?

Universal Pictures Forms Partnership With Penguin Random House

UniversalUniversal Pictures has signed a two-year, first-look, production deal with Penguin Random House.

Universal will examine the publishing house’s recent publications, upcoming releases, backlist titles, and original ideas for movie projects. This also means that the Random House Studio (RHS) team will serve as a producer on future films. Back in 2005, RHS had launched a co-venture with Focus Features.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “RHS recently renewed its partnership with Universal division Focus Features through 2016, but the new pact will expand ‘the scope of what we’re able to do,’ says RHS president Peter Gethers, who will oversee the new agreement. ‘Universal has a broader mandate and the ability to get bigger projects and bigger authors.’”

Penguin Random House Unveils New Logo

Penguin Random House LogoPenguin Random House has unveiled its new logo.

The original logos of the 250 imprints within the company will be retained. The executives plan to print the new company brand image alongside the imprint logos on the spines of books. The animated video embedded below features several examples to illustrate how this would look.

Here’s more from the press release: “The new corporate wordmark underscores the importance of the written word to the company’s culture and work and will most often be paired with one of Penguin Random House’s 250 widely recognized and respected publishing divisions, imprints, and brands. The brand system, as this pairing design framework is called, is flexible and can be employed not just at the publishing level, but also territorially.”
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