July 13, 2005 |
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Random House, Inc., have settled a lawsuit in which the publisher alleged that the hip-hop mogul never paid back a $300,000 advance for a memoir he never completed. "The matter has been amicably resolved," according to a statement issued Tuesday by Random House. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum would not say whether Combs had returned the money, but did say that the publisher would not be releasing a book by him.
January 28, 2003 |
A Random House executive forced out of her job for not generating enough profits has joined a leading rival, the Penguin Group. Ann Godoff, who published such bestsellers at Random House as Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" and Zadie Smith's "White Teeth," will become president and publisher of her own imprint at Penguin.
December 5, 2002 |
Random House Inc. has settled a lawsuit against an e-book publisher that was selling digital versions of Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" and seven other popular titles. RosettaBooks will continue publishing the works, which predate the rise of the Web, and will collaborate with Random House on additional books. But the settlement leaves unresolved the issue of whether authors or publishers control rights to e-books when the contract has no specific language about the electronic format.
July 12, 2001 |
A traditional book publishing contract does not automatically cover the rights to issue the work electronically, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. In denying a request from Random House for a preliminary injunction against upstart electronic publisher RosettaBooks, U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in New York delivered a major setback to established publishers and a modest victory to writers.
November 8, 2000 |
Publishing heavyweight Random House Inc. announced it will split revenue from electronic books evenly with authors, a change that could shape a heated industry debate over digital technology. Random House, the largest English-language publisher, said it will pay authors 50% of the revenue it generates from the sale of e-books, a minuscule market but one that is expected to boom. Authors currently earn 15% of an e-book's list price.
August 1, 2000 |
Random House Inc., the biggest English-language book publisher, said it has launched a unit for electronic books, called AtRandom. New York-based Random House, part of Germany's Bertelsmann media powerhouse, said it had set up a 20-book list of original electronic fiction and nonfiction. The books will be sold online as digital books or in single copies printed on demand and available at bookstores and online retailers. The titles will be published starting early next year.
April 4, 2000 |
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.
January 24, 1999 |
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.
July 22, 1998 |
List Fever continues to spread. Hot on the heels of the American Film Institute's 100 greatest American movies, the editorial board of the Modern Library, a division of Random House, has compiled its choices of the 100 finest English-language novels published in this century. Executives at Random House say they hope this latest list will stimulate discussion of great works of fiction as well as stimulate sales.
May 28, 1998 |
Norman Mailer and Muhammad Ali--who sparred playfully for the photographers--weren't the only heavyweights at Random House's recent gathering in Manhattan to celebrate publication of "The Time of Our Time," a mammoth new Mailer collection. S.I. Newhouse Jr., head of Random House and arguably the most influential figure in publishing, paid his respects but left as many were still arriving.