What Would Books Look Like If Big Publishing Collapsed?

Column by Peter Derk
The merger of some major publishers this year may signal the end. Where do we go from here?

Changing The Book Format Game

Column by Peter Derk September 6, 2018
Think there are no new book formats under the sun? Ha! You're standing under the wrong sun, fool!

The Big Six: A Glance Back at the History of Publishing

Column by Leah Dearborn January 12, 2015
This handful of companies wields a great deal of influence over the written word. But how did they begin, and how did they get to be so big?

A Vague, Illustrated History of Modern Book Design in 19 Covers (and 7-10 Taco References)

Column by Robert Bieselin May 14, 2014
The history of book cover design — now with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge and plenty of delicious tacos!
‘Bookish Tech Startup’ Small Demons to Close if Buyer Not Found

‘Bookish Tech Startup’ Small Demons to Close if Buyer Not Found

News by Dean Fetzer November 7, 2013
The Los Angeles based company, founded by Yahoo! veteran Valla Valkili, will close on the 25th of November if it can’t find an investor.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Guillermo del Toro Curates New Horror Covers For Penguin Classics

News by Christopher Shultz October 2, 2013
The 'Hellboy' and 'Pacific Rim' director puts his seal of approval on six classic novels/collections.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes Of Wrath

Penguin To Celebrate "The Grapes of Wrath" Anniversary With Cross-Country Tour

News by Christopher Shultz
In honor of John Steinback's novel— which turns 75 next year— Penguin plans to trek across Route 66, following the same path the Joads travel.
Book Country eBookstore

Book Country eBookstore Unveiled for Self-Published Authors

News by Dean Fetzer
Penguin has just announced a new way for self-published authors to sell their books — via a new store set up on the company’s online community website.
Penguin Book Truck To Travel Country

Penguin Takes a Leaf Out of Food Truck Book

News by Dean Fetzer May 29, 2013
At BookExpo America this week, the publishing giant unveils a new ‘Book Truck’ and ‘Book Pushcart’.
Random House-Penguin Merger Approved

EU Comission Approves Random House-Penguin Merger

News by Christopher Shultz
Following the U.S.'s suit, European anti-trust authorties green-lit the mega-deal. What countries will be next?

Penguin Announces Big Changes in Library eBook Availability

News by Christopher Shultz
The publisher loosens industry-standard restrictions, pleasing librarians and, no doubt, the general public.
Author Solutions under ‘investigation’

Penguin-owned Author Solutions Under Investigation for ‘Deceptive Practices’

News by Dean Fetzer March 5, 2013
A New York law firm is looking into claims that the self-publishing service hasn’t lived up to it’s end of bargains made with authors. Is a lawsuit imminent?
Bookish helps you discover books - published by the site's backers

What is Bookish’s “Dirty Little Secret”?

News by Dean Fetzer February 21, 2013
So, Bookish is about discovering new books, right? Well, so long as they’re books published by its backers…
Small Demons Signs Deal With Penguin

Small Demons Signs Deal With Penguin

News by Dean Fetzer
An innovative start-up working to promote connectivity from the details in books will expand its database with the addition of Penguin’s back catalog.
'The Bleeding Edge' by Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon to Publish New Novel

News by Christopher Shultz January 7, 2013
We know next to nothing other than its title, but a new Pynchon book is exciting news nonetheless.
Penguin settles w/ Department of Justice

Penguin and DoJ Agree To Terms on eBook Price Fixing

News by Dean Fetzer
In a widely anticipated move, Penguin Group (USA) and the Department of Justice have agreed on a settlement in the eBook price fixing lawsuit brought by the Government.

Publishing in The Time of War

Column by Erin Reel December 6, 2012
The publishing industry is at war and writers can either choose to get caught in No Man's Land or secure their spot on the battlefield.
Penguin and Random House Merge

Penguin and Random House Are Now One And The Same

News by Benoît Lelièvre October 29, 2012
It's official, Penguin and Random House have merged to create a new publishing superpower.
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Gimme Back My Money: Penguin Suing Authors Who Didn't Deliver Books

News by Dave Reuss September 26, 2012
Penguin calls in the muscle to get back the money they floated to aspiring authors.
Kiana Davenport picked up by Amazon

Author Terminated By Penguin Over Contract Breach Picked Up By Amazon

News by Rob Hart September 11, 2012
Penguin terminated a contract with author Kiana Davenport because she self-published a collection of short stories. Cue Amazon, offering a contract much more to her liking.
'No Easy Day' by Mark Owen

'No Easy Day' Publication Date Pushed Forward As Author Faces Government Investigations And Death Threats

News by Kimberly Turner August 29, 2012
'No Easy Day' displaces 'Fifty Shades' on best-seller lists amid controversy. Its print run is increased and publication date pushed forward as the author faces government probes and death threats.
Penguin Looking For New Community Manager

Penguin Looking For New Community Manager, Creates Fantastic Job Posting For It

News by Rob Hart August 28, 2012
Want to work at Penguin? Check out this ad--but you better bring it, because they're clearly challenging you to show your creative side.
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Penguin's Parent Company Acquires Vanity Presses Accused Of Scamming Authors

News by Rob Hart July 23, 2012
Penguin’s parent company, Pearson, has purchased Author Solutions, which owns several vanity presses that have been accused of milking authors for money.
Penguin stops lending eBooks

Libraries Are Not Amused At Penguin's Decision To Stop Lending eBooks

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 10, 2012
Penguin recently decided to join the group of publishers who no longer allow libraries to stock their eBooks. Predictably, libraries and Kindle readers aren't pleased, and they're taking action.
Kerouac Lost Novel

Lost Kerouac Novel Surfaces

News by Brandon Tietz November 25, 2011
The first book from author Jack Kerouac, which had long been considered lost, has finally surfaced.