News for Authors

Connecting Students and Readers with Our Books by Extending PRH’s Open License

by The Author Newsletter Team|July, 2020

In March, Penguin Random House issued a temporary open license, which was designed as an immediate measure during the coronavirus outbreak to connect our books directly with students and readers, while protecting the long-term value of our authors’ and illustrators’ intellectual property. In response to an increase in permission requests to use our titles, the open license simplifies the process for educators, librarians, and booksellers to conduct distance learning and read-aloud videos. Read on to learn more about the open license, which has been extended to August 31, 2020. Read more

A Note from the PRH U.S. Board

June, 2020

On Monday, June 8, members of the U.S. Board sent the following companywide email to Penguin Random House employees outlining an action plan and commitments regarding the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
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Encouraging Book Discovery Through New Category Pages on PRH.com

by Neda Dallal|June, 2020

As consumer buying behavior shifts due to COVID-19, our teams have been on the lookout for different and exciting ways to get your books into the hands of readers. In this article, you’ll learn more about our newest way of driving book discovery, through the new and improved category pages on PRH.com. Read more

A Letter from Our U.S. CEO, Madeline McIntosh

May, 2020

Dear authors and illustrators:

I hope you’re staying safe and well. I’m writing to you from what I now think of as one of several thousand Penguin Random House “offices” scattered across the country. We’re now into our third month of remote work, and so it seems a good time to let you know how we are doing, as a community and as a company. Read more

The Author’s Experience: How to Visit with Book Clubs

May, 2020

Jill Santopolo is vice president and associate publisher of Philomel Books, as well as the bestselling author of the novels More Than Words and The Light We Lost (a Reese’s Book Club pick). In this article, Santopolo offers tips on how to make your experience as a book club guest worthwhile for all involved, whether you are joining a local gathering or tuning in via video conference. Read more

Supporting You, Our Authors, and Our Retail Partners During the Coronavirus Crisis

by The Author Newsletter Team|April, 2020

Books have the power to connect and sustain us, particularly in times like these. Your mission—to create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire—and our mission—to connect those stories with readers everywhere—are more important than ever.  Read more

Bringing Reading to New Audiences with Literary Podcasts

by Neda Dallal|April, 2020

As people worldwide practice social distancing, podcasts are a great way to connect with readers. Read on to learn about some great literary podcasts that bring book lovers together, even from afar. Read more

Penguin Random House Audio Brings Theater to Listeners Everywhere

by Alex Hill|March, 2020

Penguin Random House Audio continues to push the boundaries of creativity in the audiobook medium. Read on to learn how our Audio team is producing exclusive audiobook recordings of several critically acclaimed Broadway productions. Read more

Penguin Random House Publishing Highlights: 2019

January, 2020

As we ring in the new year (and new decade!), it’s a great time to look back on the many successes our talented authors achieved in 2019. We are excited to work closely with many of you in 2020, and to celebrate more coming accomplishments! Read more

PRH’s First-Ever Book Fair for Grownups

by The Author Newsletter Team|January, 2020

Few childhood events evoke as much nostalgia as the elementary-school book fair. Read on to learn how Penguin Random House captured that unmistakable, magical feeling at our first-ever Book Fair for Grownups on Saturday, November 23, at Lightbox in New York City. Read more