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August 5, 2006 | From Reuters
Random House Inc. has acquired the evangelical Christian book-publishing house Multnomah Publishers, a move that reaffirms the growing mainstream popularity of religious books. "There is an enormous market and it is a growth market," Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. "We believe that it is a timeless interest." Oregon-based Multnomah is Random House's second Christian imprint. The first, WaterBrook Press, was created in 1996.
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December 24, 2008 | Associated Press
Christopher Paolini's "Brisingr," Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy and Peter Matthiessen's award-winning "Shadow Country" are among the dozen-plus books coming to the iPhone and to iPod Touch from publisher Random House Inc. "We are pleased to be making this initial list of outstanding books by some of our top-selling authors available to a groundbreaking group of readers," Matt Shatz, Random House's vice president for digital books, said in a statement this week.
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March 6, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Random House Inc., the book publisher owned by Bertelsmann, agreed to buy a 90% stake in Virgin Books and signed Richard Branson to a five-book deal. Branson will retain a 10% stake in the London-based company through his Virgin Group Ltd., the companies said. His previous titles include an autobiography and a business book.
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December 4, 2008 | Associated Press
The economy has crashed down on a supposedly recession-proof industry -- book publishing -- with consolidation at Random House Inc. and layoffs at Simon & Schuster and Thomas Nelson Publishers. At Random House, the country's largest general trade publisher, the man who helped give the world "The Da Vinci Code" is in talks for a new position, while the publisher of Danielle Steel and other brand-name authors is leaving altogether.
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August 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Random House Inc. announced Monday that it was donating $1 million to First Book, a nonprofit organization that has given millions of books to needy children since its founding in 1992. "As publishing professionals who spend our days surrounded by and immersed in books, it is difficult to imagine a world without them," Random House Chairman Peter Olson said in a statement.
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May 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Publishing giant Random House is planning a tenfold increase in the amount of recycled paper it uses in books printed in the United States. The company announced Tuesday that by 2010, about 30% of the uncoated paper used in most of its U.S. titles will be made from recycled fibers, up from less than 3% now. Random House Inc. called the change "the most substantial environmental initiative in the company's history" and said it would save the equivalent of 550,000 trees per year.
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December 27, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Random House Ordered to Pay $4 Million: A federal judge ordered Random House Inc. to pay $4 million for copying the dust jacket of Merriam-Webster Inc.'s dictionary. The publisher of Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary had sued Random House early this year over its Webster's College Dictionary. A federal jury in October ruled that Random House did not infringe on the trademark "Webster's Collegiate." But it found that Random House copied the look of Merriam-Webster's dictionary.
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August 16, 1988 | Associated Press
Random House Inc. said Monday that it has signed a contract to acquire Crown Publishing Group, a book marketer and publisher whose best-selling authors include Judith Krantz, Jean Auel and Dominick Dunne. The price was not disclosed. Crown's biggest business is Publishers Central Bureau, a major mail-order distributor of books and audio and visual materials; its second biggest is Outlet Book Co., a leading marketer of promotional, remaindered and bargain books.
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April 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Committing millions of dollars to authors that the publishing world usually ignores, a subsidiary of Random House Inc. has purchased a stake in digital custom press Xlibris. Founded three years ago, Xlibris makes books to order and sells them over the Internet through retail outlets such as Barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com. Xlibris has published about 600 books so far, some selling as many as 1,000 copies, and hopes to release "tens of thousands" of books during the next few years.
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January 24, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reinhard Mohn's journey to the heights of international publishing began humbly enough--in an American camp for German prisoners during World War II. While he was behind barbed wire, the Nazis shut down several divisions of his family's book business and jailed three officials. Later, Allied planes flattened what was left of the Bertelsmann company's physical plant in northern Germany. Some might have thought the 110-year-old firm was kaput.
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November 24, 2008 | Associated Press
With e-book sales exploding in an otherwise sleepy market, Random House Inc. was expected to announce today that it was making thousands of additional books available in digital form, including novels by John Updike and Harlan Coben, as well as several volumes of the "Magic Treehouse" children's series.
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May 21, 2008 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Putting an end to weeks of gossip and speculation, Bertelsmann, the German media conglomerate, announced Tuesday that Markus Dohle, who runs the company's printing division in Germany, will become the new chief executive of Random House Inc., the nation's largest consumer book publisher. Peter W. Olson, who has run the publishing house for 10 years, will be stepping down to pursue an academic career, the company said in a statement.
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August 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Random House Inc. announced Monday that it was donating $1 million to First Book, a nonprofit organization that has given millions of books to needy children since its founding in 1992. "As publishing professionals who spend our days surrounded by and immersed in books, it is difficult to imagine a world without them," Random House Chairman Peter Olson said in a statement.
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June 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The executive editor of the Random House Publishing Group, Daniel Menaker, is leaving at the end of the month "to devote more time to his own writing and to teach," the company announced Monday. Menaker, 65, is known for his work with such literary authors as Salman Rushdie, Benjamin Kunkel and former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. Menaker, whose novel "The Treatment" was recently made into a feature film starring Ian Holm, will continue to work on "selected" Random House titles.
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March 6, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Random House Inc., the book publisher owned by Bertelsmann, agreed to buy a 90% stake in Virgin Books and signed Richard Branson to a five-book deal. Branson will retain a 10% stake in the London-based company through his Virgin Group Ltd., the companies said. His previous titles include an autobiography and a business book.
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September 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Memoirist James Frey and Random House Inc. have agreed in principle to settle lawsuits filed by readers who said they were defrauded by fabrications in Frey's million-selling book, "A Million Little Pieces," the publisher said. "I can confirm that we have an agreement in principle," David Drake, a spokesman for the Random House imprint Doubleday, said Thursday. "However, it requires court approval and may take several weeks and even months."
BUSINESS
November 2, 1989
It is amazing to me that an attorney is so willing to give up a person's right to a "fair trial" in exchange for a fast and cost-effective, albeit fair trial. As examples of the abuses of the system, he cites the McMartin and Night Stalker trials. These cases are the exception not the rule. Justice is not perfect. Judges do a remarkable job of protecting our "rights" while balancing their calendars.
BUSINESS
August 22, 1995
Random House Inc. of New York said Monday that it has established a new division, Random House Entertainment in Newport Beach, to create children's properties that can be licensed for development as books, toys and films and in other formats. Shane DeRolf, former executive vice president and creative director of the World POG Federation, has been named president of the division.
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August 5, 2006 | From Reuters
Random House Inc. has acquired the evangelical Christian book-publishing house Multnomah Publishers, a move that reaffirms the growing mainstream popularity of religious books. "There is an enormous market and it is a growth market," Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. "We believe that it is a timeless interest." Oregon-based Multnomah is Random House's second Christian imprint. The first, WaterBrook Press, was created in 1996.
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May 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Publishing giant Random House is planning a tenfold increase in the amount of recycled paper it uses in books printed in the United States. The company announced Tuesday that by 2010, about 30% of the uncoated paper used in most of its U.S. titles will be made from recycled fibers, up from less than 3% now. Random House Inc. called the change "the most substantial environmental initiative in the company's history" and said it would save the equivalent of 550,000 trees per year.
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