Random House Updates Its BookScout App for Facebook

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Random House, Inc., announces major updates to its BookScout app in conjunction with Facebook’s improved timeline and About page. Launched in January, BookScout enables book lovers to share their favorite reads with friends and view personalized recommendations on Facebook. As part of Facebook’s announcements today, people can now choose to add their BookScout activity to [….]

Major Changes Coming to e-book Imprints Hydra and Alibi

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From i09: Random House has made some big changes to the contracts it offers for its e-book imprints Hydra and Alibi. They’ll let you have the standard model, with an advance and royalties. But also, their advance-free model now specifies that Random House will cover the costs for e-book editions (and if there’s a print [….]

Penguin, Random House Announce Merger

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From NPR: There’s big news in the world of publishing: The two conglomerates that own Random House and Penguin announced Monday that they were merging their book businesses to form a new company. German media company Bertelsmann, the owner of Random House, will own 53 percent of the new firm, Penguin Random House; Pearson, which [….]

Official Maps of George R.R. Martin’s World

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Via i09: We’ve seen some amazing maps of the lands of Westeros and Essos, from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. There are nifty maps in the front of every volume of Martin’s series, but also fans have created detailed, stylized, spoilery and Easter Egg-filled cartographies. But now at last, there’s [….]