Week 29/20 – week ending 17 July

Bertelsmann UK divisions join forces for podcasts Penguin Random House and fellow Bertelsmann UK content businesses DK, Fremantle and BMG have launched a podcast business, Storyglass. The business is a fruit of the partners’ recently formed Content Alliance initiative. Storyglass was previously a division of Fremantle’s Global Drama department. It now has a much broader…

Week 17/20 – week ending 24 April

Fund for booksellers approaches £120,000 Thanks to recent contributions from Hachette, Pan Macmillan and others, the fundraiser in aid of booksellers affected by the coronavirus crisis has reached nearly £120,000. The sum includes £50,000 of match funding from Penguin Random House. The fundraiser, which closed this morning (21 April), was launched by Gayle Lazda, Zeljka…

Week 42/19 – week ending 18 October

Publishers braced for potential no-deal Brexit Even as the British government and the European Union wrangle on a withdrawal agreement, UK publishers have begun warning staff of the dire consequences of a no-deal Brexit, fearing it could lead to book stock being held up at ports, paper supply to UK printers threatened, and a fall…

Bookseller Briefing 19/19 – week ending 10 May

PRH tight-lipped on Obama delay report Penguin Random House has declined to make any public comment on a press report that Barack Obama’s post-White House memoir has been pushed back until 2020. At the Bertelsmann annual results press conference in March, PRH c.e.o. Markus Dohle reiterated that he “hoped” the book would be out this autumn, following…

Bookseller Briefing 2/19 – week ending 11 January

International sales ‘increasingly important in 2019’, predict publishers Publishers will increasingly look to international territories for growth this year in the face of a stable but flat domestic market, according to industry leaders giving The Bookseller their predictions for what 2019 holds for the trade. Yet paradoxically the terms of many international trading relationships are currently uncertain…

UK Books – The Bookseller – Penguin Random House, National Union of Journalists and Unite

‘Bewilderment’ among staff as PRH derecognises unions Published December 19, 2016 by Benedicte Page Penguin Random House has derecognised the National Union of Journalists and Unite for collective bargaining with its management. The move, which breaks a particularly strong history of good relations between unions and management on the Penguin side of the business, is…

US Books – The Guardian – Bad Little Children’s Books satire pulled following racism accusations

Collection of pastiche illustrations, which declares itself ‘shamelessly offensive’, has been withdrawn from sale after Twitter storm Sick humour … Bad Little Children’s Books cover. Photograph: Abrams Books Danuta Kean Tuesday 6 December 2016 The author of a parody collection of children’s book covers from “more innocent times”, has asked for his book to be…