Merchant Monday: Penguin Random House, Global Consumer Book Publisher
As mentioned in our first Merchant Monday, The Days of Gifts offers unique, high-quality items geared to surprise and delight our recipients … every day. We carefully and thoughtfully select vendors with whom to partner, so with our second Merchant Monday, we are excited to feature Penguin Random House, a global book publishing company. We offered many book selections in our surprise 6, 8, and 12 Days of Christmas packages as well as our 4 and 7 Days of Valentine packages. Today, we currently offer:
- 10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn in the Mindful and Peaceful Package
- Do One Thing Every Day that Inspires You: A Creativity Journal by Robie Rogge and Dian G. Smith, also in the Inspiration Package
- The Perfect Drink for Any Occasion by Fun Party Gift Package in the
(Keep checking back—we’re always adding more!)
To learn more about Penguin Random House, we caught up with Katelyn Connor, Sales Associate, Special Markets, our amazingly helpful contact at the company. Check out the following questions and answers for some interesting information about our gifting partner.
What is the history behind the formation of Penguin Random House?
Random House was founded in 1927 by Americans Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. Cerf was quoted as saying, “We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random,” which suggested the name Random House. Penguin Books was founded in the UK in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane as a way to bring paperback books to the masses at an affordable price.
Penguin Random House, the world’s largest global consumer book publisher, was formed on July 1, 2013, upon completion of the merger between Random House, owned by Bertelsmann, and Penguin Group, owned by Pearson PLC. Bertelsmann owns 53% of Penguin Random House, while Pearson owns 47%.
What makes Penguin Random House unique, and is there a specific philosophy?
Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Our publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors. Our purpose is to publish the finest books on the planet, and our mission is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire—and to connect them with readers everywhere. We are committed to championing freedom of expression, and [we] recognize the cultural responsibility we have to advance the reading experience for our society now and for future generations.
What is the best gift you, personally, ever received, Katelyn?
Slippers. I know it sounds totally boring, but I’m always on the run, and the best part of my day is when I can put them on, pet my dog, and (of course) read a really good book!