News for Authors

2009 to 2019: A Decade of Changes in Book Publishing

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|September, 2019

The past decade in book publishing has been a fascinating time for readers, retailers, authors, and publishers alike. The rise of digital, the self-publishing boom, and significant competition from other media products have all changed the landscape of the industry. Read more

On the Rise: Graphic Novels for Young Readers

by Kelly Coyle-Crivelli|August, 2019

A lot has changed in the relationship between graphic novels and librarians or educators over the past decade. The Penguin Random House Library Marketing team is excited to report on the growth of graphic novels in their channel. Read on to learn more about the ways graphic novels for young readers are on the rise. Read more

Summer Reads: Top Five Sales Trends of the Season

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2019

While beachgoers and staycationers alike get ready for warmer weather, one item ties us all together: a good book. As we reach the second half of the year, we take a look at the genres and books that are trending this season. Read more

2018 in Review: Top Five Sales Trends

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|December, 2018

In July, we gave our authors a peek into our top five summer sales trends. In this article, we zoom out a bit and take a look at the entire year, reviewing some of the top sales trends at Penguin Random House throughout all of 2018. Read more

Summer Reads: Top Five Sales Trends This Season

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2018

Between school, work, and other hobbies or responsibilities, it’s hard for some to find time to read all of the titles on their growing to-be-read list. That’s why, for some readers, the summer is the perfect time to relax and escape into the pages of a good book. In this article, we take a closer look at what’s trending this summer. Read more

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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