Try a Kobo eReader in your Hotel Room

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Kobo and Random House are spreading the word about e-reading to hotel guests. At 10 Fairmont Hotels locations in the USA and Canada, guests can use a Kobo eReader loaded with bestselling Random House titles by authors like Bret Easton Ellis, Sophie Kinsella and Alexander McCall Smith…all for free! Guests even get coupons off Random House titles …

Fallen Angels Take Berlin

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary To promote the newly released German edition of Lauren Kate’s New York Times bestselling novel Fallen (Engelsnacht in German) — a book about a teenager who falls for a fallen angel — German publisher and Random House division cbt Verlag set an unusual marketing team on the loose in Berlin last week. Five teens were professionally made …

Could Publishers Start Charging for Office Tours?

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Perusing the new issue of The Atlantic this morning I ran across a breezy article by Megan McArdle entitled “The Genius of QVC” about the sales techniques of the QVC television shopping network — you know, those folks who hawk jewelry, appliances and electronics 24-7 on several of your basic cable or satellite channels. Amid the discussion …

Publishing Paradox: Germany’s Random House Audio Starts Print Imprint

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Plenty of trade publishing groups have launched their own audio divisions, but now, turning the tables, Random House Audio in Germany is starting its own printed book line. According to the Boersenblatt, the new imprint, Tag & Nacht (Day & Night) will release its first three titles in September and will focus on “modern, intelligent entertainment” (both …

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E-booksellers Ciando, txtr Add Publishers, Titles

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German e-book retailer ciando has sealed deals with publishers Droemer Knaur, Fischer, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Rowohlt to make 1,300 of their fiction and non-fiction e-book titles available on both of its platforms: www.ciando.com and www.bookson.de. As reported in a press release from ciando, the books will all be available in EPUB format. The new partnerships will allow ciando to build upon the …

Review: The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Jonathan Dee’s latest novel follows Cynthia and Adam Morey, a loving couple leading a charmed life ensconced within “a zone of privilege.” Surrounded by friends and family, Adam and Cynthia get married young and quickly produce two beautiful children. Adam’s career in a private equity firm in Manhattan is progressing well while Cynthia stays home with the children. …

RH makes Video Games and Nintendo Works with Classics

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox After last week’s Publishing Perspectives story about Nintendo releasing “100 Classic Books” in June, it seems funny to have Random House announce that they are now in the development of video games of their own. I’d say it’s a touch of “Freaky Friday,” but maybe this is the future of publishing companies, to work with all forms of …

Random Preparing for E-book Rights Fight

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A pair of articles in the US press—one hitting the front page of the New York Times and another in the Wall Street Journal—cite a letter sent on Friday by Random House to US literary agents restating their assertion that they hold the e-book rights to books they have under contract. In letter, dated Dec. 11, Markus Dohle, …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann’s Disappointing Half Year Results

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Despite recent corporate-wide measures taken to reduce costs and increase efficiency, Bertelsmann is still struggling through this difficult economic year. The Boersenblatt reports that sales for the media giant declined in the first six months of 2009 from 7.7 billion to 7.2 billion euros, as operating EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) sank by nearly a third to …

By Turning Authors into Speakers, Publishers Profit, Even in Recession

In Feature Articles by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt NEW YORK: US publishers’ in-house speakers bureaus, essentially nonexistent just five years ago, are turning out to be surprisingly recession-resilient — one of the few upbeat notes in this overall gloomy time for the book industry. Publishers are splitting appearance fees of between $5,000 and $20,000 (sometimes more) with their authors, representing a welcome source of found …