*+-Executives from Goodreads, HarperCollins, and Penguin Random House shared book discovery tactics in the age of overload at BEA’s IDPF conference on Tuesday.
*+-Penguin Random House imprint Hogarth is focuses on publishing high quality literary fiction told in voices from around the world, says editor Alexis Washam.
*+-Direct-to-consumer bookselling is growing and innovative thinking is helping. Two solutions that are appealing: BitLit ebook bundling and Penguin Hotline.
*+-A memorial service for Random House UK’s Simon Master, who died in January, provided a fitting PS to the London Book Fair which wrapped up last week.
*+-The Smithsonian Institution and Penguin Young Readers are collaborating on a new series of narrative non-fiction books riffing on the Smithsonian experience
*+-At a Publishers Weekly event in NYC, rights directors and agents discussed how automation and standards would improve the book rights business.
*+-Brightly is a new online resource from Penguin Random House to help parents find books that will encourage their children to become lifelong readers.
*+-Marcello Vena discusses the offer Mondadori has made for RCS Libri, which would merge two of Italy’s strongest education and trade publishing groups.
*+-A publishing podcast is about creating intimacy with the reader. It’s not a bullet point or marketing strategy, says Anshuman Idaamsetty of PRH Canada.
*+-National Readathon Day encourages readers to sit with a book on Saturday, January 24th to help raise money for literacy efforts in the United States.