Random House is an American book publisher and the largest
general-interest paperback publisher in the world. As of
2013, it is part of Penguin Random House, which is jointly owned by
German media conglomerate
Bertelsmann and British global education and
publishing company Pearson PLC.
1.1 Early history
1.2 Acquisition by Bertelsmann
1.3 Merger with Penguin
2.3 International branches
3 See also
5 External links
Random House was founded in 1925 by Americans
Bennett Cerf and Donald
Klopfer, two years after they acquired the
Modern Library imprint from
publisher Horace Liveright, which reprints classic works of
literature. Cerf is quoted as saying, "We just said we were going to
publish a few books on the side at random," which suggested the name
Random House. In 1934 they published the first authorized edition
of James Joyce's novel Ulysses in the Anglophone world.
Ulysses really launched Random House. ...
Random House grew into a
formidable publisher over the next two decades. In 1936, it absorbed
the firm of Smith and Haas—Robert Haas became the third partner
until retiring and selling his share back to Bennett and Donald in
1956—which added authors including Faulkner, Isak Dinesen, André
Malraux, Robert Graves, and Jean de Brunhoff, who wrote the Babar
Random House also hired legendary editors Harry
Maule, Robert Linscott, and Saxe Commins, and they brought authors
Sinclair Lewis and
Robert Penn Warren
Robert Penn Warren with them.
In October 1959,
Random House went public at $11.25 a share. This move
drew other publishing companies, such as Simon & Schuster, to
later go public.
Random House entered reference publishing in 1947 with the American
College Dictionary, which was followed in 1966 by its first unabridged
American publishers Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and Pantheon
Random House in 1960 and 1961, respectively; works
continue to be published under these imprints with editorial
independence, such as Everyman's Library, a series of classical
Random House as part of a diversification strategy
and later sold
Random House to
Advance Publications in 1980.
McGraw-Hill Education acquired the Schools and Colleges
Random House Inc.
Acquisition by Bertelsmann
Bertelsmann AG bought
Random House and it soon went
In December of 2008,
Random House announced a reorganization of its
publishing divisions along with sweeping changes in executives and in
staff. The reorganization consolidated and created three
Publishing Group, Knopf Doubleday Publishing
Group and Crown
Random House has been the distributor for
Shambhala Publications since
1974. They also currently distribute National Geographic Books,
Wizards of the Coast, Vertical Inc., The New York Review of Books,
Titan Books, Other Press,
Kodansha Manga, North Atlantic Books,
Sasquatch Books, and
DC Comics among others.
Random House also has an entertainment production arm for film and
Random House Studio; one release in 2011 was One Day. The
company also creates story content for media including video games,
social networks on the web, and mobile platforms. It is one of the
largest English-language publishers, along with the group formerly
known as the "Big 6", now known as the "Big Five".
Merger with Penguin
In October 2012,
Bertelsmann entered into talks with rival
conglomerate Pearson plc, over the possibility of combining their
respective publishing companies,
Random House and Penguin Group. The
merger was completed on 1 July 2013 and the new company is Penguin
Bertelsmann owns 53% of the joint venture while
Pearson owns 47%. At the time of the acquisition the combined
companies controlled 25% of the book business with more than 10,000
employees and 250 independent publishing imprints and with about $3.9
billion in annual revenues. The move to consolidate was to provide
Amazon.com and battle the shrinking state of
The publisher's main office in the
United States is located at 1745
Broadway in Manhattan, in the 684-foot
Random House Tower, completed
in 2009 and spanning the entire west side of the block between West
55th Street and West 56th. Its lobby showcases floor-to-ceiling
glassed-in bookcases filled with books published by the company's many
imprints. Earlier addresses were 457 Madison Avenue, New York 22, NY;
20 East 57th Street, New York 22, NY; and 201 East 50th Street, New
York, NY 10022.
For a listing of Divisions and Imprints
See also: Penguin Random House
Random House, Inc. maintains several independently managed
subsidiaries around the world.
Random House Group is one of the largest general book publishing
companies in the UK and is based in London. The Group comprises five
publishing companies: Cornerstone Publishing, Vintage Publishing,
Random House Children's Publishers UK and Transworld
Publishers, with more than 40 diverse imprints. Its distribution
business services its own imprints as well as 60 other UK publishers.
Random House archive and library is located in
Random House Group also operates branches in Australia, New
Zealand, South Africa (as a joint venture under the name Random House
Struik), and India as part of its overseas structure. In Australia
offices are in Sydney and Melbourne. In New Zealand it is based in
Glenfield, Auckland, while Random House's Indian headquarters are
located in New Delhi.
Random House was established after Bertelsmann's 1998
acquisition of Random House, grouping its German imprints (until then
operating as Verlagsgruppe Bertelsmann) under the new name. It is the
second largest book publisher in Germany with more than 40 imprints,
including historic publishing houses Goldmann and Heyne Verlag, as
well as C. Bertelsmann, the publishing house from which today's
Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA would eventually evolve. Verlagsgruppe
Random House is headquartered in
Munich (with additional locations in
Gütersloh, Cologne, and Aßlar), employs about 850 people, and
publishes roughly 2.500 titles per year.
Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial is Random House's
Spanish-language division, targeting markets in Spain and South and
Central America. It is headquartered in
Barcelona with locations in
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and the United States.
From 2001 until November 2012, it was a joint venture with Italian
Random House Mondadori). Upon Bertelsmann's
acquisition of Mondadori's stake in the JV, the name was kept
temporarily four months. Some authors published by Penguin Random
House Grupo Editorial include Dr. César Lozano, Yordi Rosado, Dr.
Nancy Alvarez and Alberto Sardiñas.
Random House of Canada was established in 1944 as the Canadian
Random House Books. In 1986 the company established its
own indigenous Canadian publishing program that has become one of the
most successful in Canadian history. Until January 2012, it used to
hold a 25% stake in McClelland & Stewart, with the remaining 75%
being controlled by the University of Toronto. It is now the sole
owner of McClelland & Stewart.
In late 2009 and early 2010, respectively,
Random House discontinued
their Japanese joint venture
Random House Kodansha, which had been
established in 2003, and also divested their four-year ownership of
Random House Korea. The company has since named
Random House Australia
managing director Margie Seale responsible for exploring and
evaluating potential future business opportunities in Asia.
Penguin Random House
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The "big five" publishers in the United States
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Alfred A. Knopf
Simon & Schuster
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Henry Holt and Company
St. Martin's Press
Little, Brown and Company
Grand Central Publishing
List of English Language
Penguin Random House
Everyman's Library (US)
New American Library
Penguin Young Readers
Dial Young Readers
G. P. Putnam's Sons
Grosset & Dunlap
Price Stern Sloan
Random House Children's
Books on Tape
The Princeton Review
The Bodley Head
Chatto & Windus
McClelland & Stewart (
Douglas Gibson Books
New Canadian Library)
Companhia das Letras (45%)
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Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
History of books