> The Things You Can Read: Update on Publishing World in Flux: Random House and Penguin to Merge!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Update on Publishing World in Flux: Random House and Penguin to Merge!

Last week, we shared the Huffington Post article that illuminated some rather important information with regard to two of the world's largest publishing houses.  According to last weeks post on Huffington: 
"British publishing and education company Pearson PLC says it is in talks with German media group Bertelsmann SE over merging the firms' Penguin and Random House publishing operations."
However things have now changed, according to Shelf Awarness, which posted the following:
"Four days after officially confirming that Pearson and Bertelsmann were in discussions about combining their book publishing operations, the companies announced this morning that they are creating a joint venture named Penguin Random House. Bertelsmann will own 53% of the joint venture, and Pearson will own 47%."

Additional Resources:

NPR Report from Last Week

Again, what do you think about the news? For the full article checkout Huffington Post and Shelf Awareness. Let us know your thoughts about the publishing world. Do you expect big changes in the publishing world in the coming year?

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  1. Wow, what interesting news! I hadn't heard about this yet, I feel like I missed out!

    Thanks for your kind comment on Book Blogs. I'm happily following you now, and looking forward to more interesting content!

    Wishing you all the best,

  2. It's going to be interesting to see how things work out with the merger. Penguin has more visible brand than Random House I think so its interesting Pearson has the minority.

    Wishing you a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out


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