Come for the books, stay for the…

In Discussion by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox

publishersoffice-logoLast week, the Penguin Group (USA) launched its online network, called “From the Publisher’s Office,” featuring episodic online series, audio series, and excerpts from popular books. While it is billed as a way to get readers to better connect with their favorite authors, it’s also a way to create an online world in which readers will return again and again to the Penguin USA site.

Publishers have long struggled with how to drive readers to their websites and, more importantly, how to keep them there. Most publishers around the world have used author interviews and book giveaways, but, what are some other ways that publishers have brought in readers to their online world:

Penguin UK: Looking for love and books? Check out Penguin Dating!

Random House Mondadori: Have something to say about you favorite writers or want to hear what other people have to say? Join their world of bloggers.

From the Publishers Office: Check out these fantastic videos, from “Project Paranormal” to “Penguin Storytime.”

TELL US: What book promotion is your favorite? Or, what is your company doing that has worked?

About the Author

Erin L. Cox

Erin L. Cox is the Business Development Director for Publishing Perspectives and a Senior Associate at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, where she represents writers and handles publicity and advertising clients.