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.
June 2, 1986 |
Donald S. Klopfer, who founded the Random House publishing firm with Bennett Cerf nearly 60 years ago, has died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84. Klopfer died Friday at Lenox Hill Hospital. Although he retired in the 1970s, Klopfer continued to come to the office almost every day. "Donald was a great publisher because he was an instinctive publisher--he knew what was good," said Random House Chairman Robert Bernstein. "More than that, he was a man loved by his authors and his associates."
July 20, 1986 |
"Ulysses" was written under adverse circumstances over seven years, mangled by poor typing, by James Joyce's obsession with massive additions even upon proof sheets, and by the errors inherent in having this English text set by French printers. But the book, like its author, thrived on adversity: It was a long-heralded literary event when the first edition was presented to Joyce in Paris on his 40th birthday, Feb. 2, 1922.
January 3, 1993 |
I am interested in pyramids, forests and wildlife, and I look and read the information and the pictures in both of the encyclopedias, and I found more information and better pictures in the Random House Children's Encyclopedia. The Kingfisher Children's Encyclopedia did not have a lot of pictures and the information that I wanted to find.
March 23, 1986 |
Within the spy fiction category is a sub-genre called Paranoids--tales of manipulations, conspiracies and plots for world domination or destruction concocted by dark and grandly evil organizations (within and without the United States). For Paranoids to do their job properly on readers, they must be believable.
February 28, 1993 |
History, Stephen Dedalus famously remarks, is a nightmare from which he is trying to awake. For Paul Watkins, history is a rather more attractive proposition: a locus from which he is trying to operate. History is at once the engine and armature of his fiction. In each of his four novels he integrates a protagonist's life into storied events from long ago and/or far away. And, for his purposes, the more exotic those events, the more colorful those locales, the better.
March 12, 1989 |
"Billy tells the story in vividly cinematic scenes, related with a mix of rich detail, irony, tension and a nervy, darting reflectiveness that keeps taking us in unexpected directions."
May 21, 1989 |
"America is still hostage to the place where its imperial adventure began. . . . The bottom line to Karnow's engaging work is a feeling of pessimism about the future of this island nation, so appealing in many ways, in others so appalling."
May 20, 1990 |
" . . . his findings and recollections are well worth reading. His style is spare and sharp. Mercifully, he avoids finding great lessons where there are none."
May 21, 2008 |
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.