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Pearson and Bertelsmann announce the completion of the merger of Penguin and Random House

“Pearson and Bertelsmann today announce the completion of the joint venture between Penguin and Random House to create Penguin Random House, the world’s leading consumer publishing company. Penguin Random House will be the first truly global publishing company with operations in the US, Canada, UK, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile. The new company employs more than 10,000 people and publishes more than 15,000 new titles every year across 250 imprints. It publishes many of the world’s bestselling authors, including more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates.” (via Pearson)

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Penguin Tests Social Reading Rewards Program

“Penguin has unveiled a new program, aimed at raising the discoverability of its books, that will allow customers to read some of its most anticipated titles months before they go on sale. Called First to Read, the program will allow its members to access excerpts from forthcoming books, and to request e-galleys.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Judge: No Jury for Penguin in E-book Case

“In an opinion issued this week, Judge Denise Cote shot down Penguin’s request for a jury trial to hear the remaining state and the consumer class action cases against them. “Penguin’s March 15, 2013 motion for a jury trial on the States’ claims is denied,” Cote ordered, holding that it was “clear that Penguin, along with all other litigating parties, knowingly and intentionally waived a jury determination of liability on the States’ claims.” The decision means that, barring a last minute settlement, Penguin will be joining Apple at the defense table on June 3 as the bench trial gets underway in the long-running e-book price fixing case.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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PUBLISHER SPEEDS UP E-BOOK ACCESS FOR LIBRARIES

“The publisher of Khaled Hosseini, Harlan Coben and other popular authors has decided that it’s comfortable with letting libraries offer e-book editions of brand new releases. Starting Tuesday, libraries can offer e-books from Penguin Group (USA) at the same time that the hardcover comes out, a switch from the previous policy of delaying downloads for six months, the publisher told The Associated Press. While vastly more e-books are available to libraries compared with a few years ago, Penguin and other publishers have limited digital access for fear of losing sales. The American Library Association has been calling for less restrictive terms.” (via Associated Press)

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Baker & Taylor, Penguin Partner on Library eBook Pilot Program

“Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, today announced that it is partnering with Penguin Group on a pilot program that will re-introduce Penguin ebooks into selected libraries. During the pilot program, Penguin’s ebooks will be made available to Los Angeles Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library via Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media library platform. Baker & Taylor serves more than 28,000 public, K-12 school and academic libraries in the United States and abroad.”

via PRNewswire

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Penguin to Expand E-Book Lending

“Major book publishers and libraries have been sparring for months over acceptable terms for making e-books available for lending. From time to time, they find some common ground. The Penguin Group plans to announce on Monday that it is expanding its e-book lending program to libraries in Los Angeles and Cleveland and surrounding areas though a new distribution partner. In a pilot program that will begin this year, Penguin has worked with Baker & Taylor, a distributor of print and digital books, to start e-book lending programs in the Los Angeles County library system, which will reach four million people, and the Cuyahoga County system in Ohio.”

via NY Times

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Random House, Penguin Agree to Merge

“In a deal that had been months in the making, Pearson and Bertelsmann announced Monday morning that they have signed an agreement to form a joint venture that will combine the businesses of Random House and Penguin. The deal, which is expected to close in the second half of 2013, will make Penguin Group chairman John Makinson chairman of the newly named Penguin Random House company, while Random House chairman and CEO Markus Dohle will be CEO. Under the terms of the agreement, Bertelsmann will own 53% of the joint venture and Pearson will own 47%. The joint venture will exclude Bertelsmann’s trade publishing business in Germany, and Pearson will retain rights to use the Penguin brand in education markets worldwide. Bertelsmann will nominate five directors to the board of Penguin Random House, and Pearson will nominate four.”

via Publishers Weekly

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Penguin-Random House Merger Talks: Rumors Confirmed

“Penguin parent company Pearson released a short statement today confirming media rumors that it and Random House Parent Bertelsmann have been in talks over a merger of two of the largest book publishers in the world.”

via Digital Book World

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Classic authors meet 21st century APIs: Pearson unlocks new world class content in Penguin Classics and dkimages APIs

“Pearson announces the release of two new data sets on the first birthday of its API programme, giving developers access to world class content from DK and Penguin. The dkimages API consists of a library of 90,000 images, while the Penguin Classics API includes 48 well-known titles, providing a wealth of image and literary content to inspire developer creativity.  Available through Plug & Play, Pearson’s API platform, the two data sets present exciting opportunities for developers to create new and innovative apps and services. The Penguin Classic API makes content from 31 authors and works including “David Copperfield”, “Emma” and “Melmoth the Wanderer” available.  Developers can explore the work of authors such as Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë and Thomas Hardy, creating new apps and experiences from these well-known books.”

via Pearson

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From Penguin, a Plan to Make Its E-Books Available in New York City Libraries

“In the past year, Penguin Group USA has slowly pulled away from the library e-book market. Now it is tiptoeing back in. The publisher is working with New York City libraries and 3M on a pilot program that will make Penguin e-books available in city libraries beginning in August, Penguin said on Wednesday. If it is a success, the program could be expanded in public libraries across the country.”

via NY Times

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