Random House has acquired teen reading and writing community Figment. Figment had previously acquired Inkpop, a similar site from HarperCollins.
Big-5 publisher Macmillan, which had previously only made 1,200 ebooks available to libraries for lending, is now opening up its entire backlist of about 11,000 titles.
Penguin is making its ebooks available through Overdrive, the largest digital library distributor in the U.S., once again. Kindle users will have to side-load the ebooks to their devices; they won’t be able to check them out wirelessly via Amazon.
Random House launched custom magazines on Flipboard for two of its bestselling authors, George R.R. Martin and Margaret Atwood.
Digital now accounts for 11.3 percent of Hachette’s sales worldwide, and about 20 percent of Random House’s
Users of Amazon’s fan fiction platform, “Kindle Worlds,” will now be able to sell fan fiction based on Kurt Vonnegut works, the company announced Thursday.
Penguin and Random House have completed their merger, resulting in the world’s largest book publisher: Penguin Random House.
The European Union approved the merger of Random House and Penguin without conditions on Friday, saying it doesn’t pose a threat to competition. The U.S. approved the merger in February.
In a lawsuit over the ebook rights to Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves, HarperCollins argues that its 1971 contract with George included the right to publish ebooks, while Open Road argues that isn’t possible.
The EU will reportedly approve Random House and Penguin’s proposed merger without qualifications. The U.S. Department of Justice approved it in February.