Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Penguin and Random House Merge

Via The New York Times

And a new temporary logo — with a penguin in profile next to a tidy house — was released until a permanent one could be designed.

On Monday, the newly formed company of Penguin Random House began to take shape, only hours after a middle-of-the-night announcement that the long-planned merger had been completed.

Together, Penguin and Random House will make up the biggest and most dominant publisher in the business, one that has unmatched leverage against Amazon.com and the potential to inspire other mergers in the industry.

Markus Dohle, the chairman and chief executive of Random House, who will take on the role of chief executive of the new company, announced the completion of the merger in an e-mail to employees on Monday.

“Today, we are Penguin Random House,” he wrote. “You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished and what we are all now a part of: the first truly global trade book publishing company. Together, we are even better positioned to fulfill our core purpose: to bridge authors and readers by publishing the very best books.”

The combined companies will control more than 25 percent of the book business, with more than 10,000 employees, 250 independent publishing imprints and about $3.9 billion in annual revenues.

One goal of the merger, he said, is to “crack the code of discoverability” — of how to put books in front of potential buyers — “in a world with fewer bookstores.”

“There’s positives and negatives,” said Elyse Cheney, a literary agent. “The positive is that I hope they will be able to have greater leverage with companies like Amazon. But more importantly, that they figure out new and innovative ways to reach consumers, now that the marketplace is changing so rapidly.”

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