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September 22nd, 2020

The Power of Penguin Random House

In last Sunday’s New York Times there’s a wide-ranging profile of Madeline McIntosh, chief executive at Penguin Random House, the largest trade publisher in the U.S. The article is by Alexandra Alter, who writes about publishing and the literary world for the Times. I was pleased when she asked me for a few observations on…

August 1st, 2016

What Do the Financial Reports from the Big Five Book Publishers Tell Us?

This post examines the latest quarterly financial reports from the big 5 book publishers and tries to draw some conclusions from the¬†data. The big 5 are, of course, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. These companies are often seen as emblematic of the state of traditional trade book publishing in the…