News for Authors

Serialized Storytelling: The Comeback Story

by Alana Buckbee|December, 2016

Serialized fiction has had a place in the literary canon for hundreds of years—perhaps thousands if we consider Scheherazade weaving cliff-hangers night after night to outlast her husband’s cruel marital policies. Read more

Trends in Book Discovery [Infographic]

by Jill Greto|April, 2016

How do readers find new books? What makes readers pick up a book when they haven’t heard of the author? The Penguin Random House consumer insights team polled a panel of more than 40,000 readers to find out how readers discover books and what influences their reading and buying choices. Read more

Five Key Trends in the Book Market

by Sophie McNeill |November, 2015

What proportion of adults still read books? Are ebooks continuing to grow? Are independent bookstores hurting? What is the future of ereading? The last couple of months have seen the release of some illuminating market data and a flurry of informative media articles. We look at what this information may mean for the overall health and direction of our industry. Read more

Moment of Truth: Trends in Nonfiction for Young Readers

by Sophie McNeill |October, 2015

The last couple of years have seen increasing growth and interest in nonfiction for young readers, driven by the Common Core State Standards and publishing innovation. We talked to booksellers, librarians, and experts to get their perspective on trends in this increasingly vibrant section of the book market. Read more

The State of the Audiobook

by MILENA SCHMIDT|September, 2015

A survey released last month by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) shows that the audiobook category grew disproportionately, in both titles published and unit sales, compared to the overall book industry in 2014. The APA’s annual sales survey revealed that sales in the audiobook category totaled more than $1.47 billion in 2014, up 13.5 percent from 2013, and the category also saw a significant increase in the number of titles published. The survey attributed that growth to the growing popularity of digital downloads and increased awareness of the audiobook format. Read more

The State of the eBook

by Emily Condlin|April, 2015

Recent reports suggest that eBook growth has plateaued and millennials haven’t been adopting digital reading at the same rate as their parents. Are eBooks still the future?

We sat down with Liisa McCloy-Kelley, Vice President, Director, eBook Development and Innovation, to learn more about the eBook landscape and how the format is developing.

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Lights, Camera, Action: A New Video Studio for Penguin Random House

by Andrea Bachofen|January, 2015

Building on the success of the existing Hudson Street video studio, Penguin Random House recently opened the door to a second state-of-the-art facility at 1745 Broadway in New York.

To accompany the new facility, Penguin Random House has significantly expanded the video production and services team. We caught up with John Clinton, director of digital video, to find out more about the new facility and how video teams at both locations can support our authors. Read more

Small World: What’s New in International Sales

by Sophie McNeill|November, 2014

The international sales team sells Penguin Random House books in over 240 countries worldwide. We caught up with international sales executive Chris Dufault to talk about why there is such high overseas demand for American editions of books, the global growth of U.S. popular culture, and what authors can do to help their own international sales.

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Is Email Worth It?

by By Sophie McNeill|December, 2013

Lately it seems that we spend a lot of time talking about social media, and much less time on email. But with the rise of smartphones and tablets, email is more accessible than ever before. Is email still a worthwhile tool for communicating with readers? If so, how do we get the most out of it?

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Indies Talk Trends

by Milena Schmidt|October, 2013

As noted by CNN, independent bookstores have turned a corner against fierce online competition by focusing on events, community, and the personal touch. To find out how they are surviving and thriving in the digital age, we spoke with three booksellers: BookPeople in Austin, Texas; The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Bank Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut. 

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