1. Random House Library Marketing & Library Journal invite you to celebrate BEA on Thursday, May 30th 7:30am - 9:00am with our authors

    • Jo Baker, Longbourn
    • Janice Clark, The Rathbones
    • Jamie Ford, Songs of the Willow Frost
    • Marisha Pessl, Night Film
    • Elizabeth L. Silver, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton


    Random House, Inc.
    1745 Broadway
    Between 55th & 56th Streets
    New York City

    RSVP to library@randomhouse.com by May 10th.

  2. This positive first decision by one of the antitrust authorities is an important milestone on the path to uniting two of the world’s leading publishing companies into a truly global publishing group. It will enable investments worldwide in new digital publishing models, in new distribution paths, products and services and in the major growth markets.


    Thomas Rabe, chairman and chief executive of Bertelsmann, in his statement about the Department of Justice’s approval of the Random House-Penguin merger last week. I missed this owing to a Valentine’s Day spreadsheet massacre of my own doing.

    This just in: the EU will have made its decision about the merger by April 15.

    What’s it all mean for libraries? I wouldn’t profess to know at this stage, but I’m not wary. I’m hoping at the very least it will mean a continuation of the trust that Random House and Penguin have demonstrated as separate entities.

    (via cloudunbound)

  3. Random House Launches New Digital-Only Imprints →


    This is great news for Cloud librarians because it means you are going to have more genre fiction and young adult works to add to your collections. Here’s the breakdown of the imprints:

    Alibi, a mystery-thriller line; Flirt, a YA/New Adult list; and Hydra, a new digital-only science fiction line; in addition to expanding the reach of the Loveswept digital romance imprint.

    Oh, and:

    In addition the Loveswept imprint, relaunched as a digital-only line in 2011, will expand its list to include works in popular mystery/thriller, new adult and science-fiction/fantasy genres. First titles will be released in early 2013 and will feature original works.

  4. Libraries Own Random House Ebooks


    At the Massachusetts Library Association annual conference in Worcester this morning, Ruth Liebmann, director of account marketing at Random House, stated emphatically that libraries own the ebooks they purchase from Random House.

    Keep reading at American Libraries.

  5. After an “upbeat and productive” meeting with leaders of the American Library Association on Tuesday, Random House reaffirmed its commitment to library lending of the company’s entire portfolio of ebook titles.

    At the same time, the company has announced that effective March 1 it is raising ebook prices that it charges library wholesalers such as OverDrive, 3M, and Ingram, which set the ultimate price libraries will pay to lease ebooks.

    — From LJ’s Digital Shift, Random House Reaffirms Commitment to Library Ebook Lending While Raising Prices to Wholesalers.

  6. Personal Stories: New and Forthcoming Memoirs, Biographies, and Autobiographies →

    Today! At 2pm! Take an hour out of your day to hear about some upcoming books, all of which revolve around a compelling life or lives (including Willow! and the Faulkners!). Register here.

    I’ll be joined by Laura Cusack of Wiley, Jonathan Merkh of Howard Books, and Michael Gentile of Random House and we’ll be talking about their forthcoming memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies—and, if there’s time, will conclude with a Q&A session.

  7. HEY GUYS: My Memoir/Biography/Autobiography Webcast

    Hey everyone! I know how much you must love script typefaces, so you’re bound you love this webcast I’m hosting. One thing about a webcast is that it’s mostly talking (with some slides), and so while there will be little if any more opportunities for more script typeface, you can imagine me (your LJ editor, tumblrer, and webcast moderator) and my distinguished panelists talking in script (which actually I imagine would sound something like this.)

    I’ll be joined by Laura Cusack of Wiley, Jonathan Merkh of Howard Books, and Michael Gentile of Random House Inc. and we’ll be talking about their forthcoming memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies—and, if there’s time, will conclude with a Q&A session. I’m up to my neck in biographies right now, almost done with Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio and about to begin Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith’s Van Gogh: The Life. (What an authoritative choice of article!) Much to talk about!

    It’s free and easy to sign up. Join us!

  8. Our Ebook Future | The Digital Shift:

    The reading ecosystem is evolving fast, even as you read this. Facing the rapid transition to ebooks together, rather than in isolated camps, librarians, publishers, authors, and readers can ensure that we meet our missions on all fronts. This series of conversations is a start, aspiring to illuminate the issues and opportunities by placing librarians and publishers at the same table. The personalities here range from Random House’s Madeline McIntosh, who stresses a commonality between publishers and librarians, to HarperCollins’s Josh Marwell, who strives to emphasize openness, to Melville House’s Dennis Johnson, who illuminates the indie perspective.