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Random House, Inc.
Type Subsidiary of Bertelsmann
Founded 1925
Founder(s) Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Flag of the United States.svg New York City, USA (World Headquarters)

Flag of Germany.svg Munich, Germany (German Headquarters)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, UK, (UK Headquarters)
Key people Markus Dohle (Chairman and CEO)
Dr. Joerg Pfuhl (Chairman and CEO, Verlagsgruppe Random House)
Gail Rebuck (Chairman and CEO, The Random House Group)
Industry Books, Publishing
Products Books
Revenue €1.721 billion Euros (2008)
Employees 5,779 (as of December 31, 2008)
Website www.randomhouse.com

Random House, Inc. is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher. It has been owned since 1998 by the large German private media corporation Bertelsmann and has become the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publishing. Random House also has a movie production arm, Random House Films, and is currently developing a division responsible for creating story content for media including video games, social networks on the web, mobile platforms, in print and on film[1].


Random House, U.S.A.

Random House was founded in 1927 by Americans Bennett Cerf, Christopher Coombes and Donald Klopfer, two years after they acquired the Modern Library imprint. Cerf is 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.[2]

Its American divisions currently include the Crown Publishing Group, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the Random House Audio Publishing Group, the Random House Publishing Group, and Random House Children's Books. Del Rey Manga publishes English manga in North America.

Random House entered reference publishing in 1947 with the American College Dictionary, which was followed in 1966 by its first unabridged dictionary. Today it publishes the Random House Dictionary of the English Language and Random House Webster's College dictionaries, probably the main competitors for Merriam-Webster reference titles.

The distinguished American publishers Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and Pantheon Books were acquired by Random House in 1960 and 1961, respectively; works continue to be published under these imprints with editorial independence, such as Everyman's Library, a series of classical literature reprints. Random House has been the distributor for Shambhala Publications since 1974. They also currently distribute Rizzoli Books, National Geographic Books, Steerforth Press, Wizards of the Coast, Vertical Books, Welcome Books, New York Review of Books, Titan Books, Other Press, Hatherleigh Press, North Atlantic Books, Monacelli Press Books, and DC Comics. In 1998, Bertelsmann AG bought Random House and it soon went global.[3]

The publisher's main U.S. office is located at 1745 Broadway in Manhattan, in the 684-foot Random House Tower, completed in 2003 and spanning the entire west side of the block between West 55th Street and west 56th. Its lobby showcases floor-to-ceiling glassed-in bookcases filled with books published by the company's many imprints.

Random House, UK

The Random House Group is one of the largest general book publishing companies in the UK. The Group is based in London and has subsidiary companies in Australia, New Zealand and India, with a joint venture in South Africa called Random House Struik.

The Group comprises six publishing companies with over 40 diverse and highly respected imprints and brand-name publishers including, Century, BBC Books, Jonathan Cape, William Heinemann, Chatto & Windus, Vintage, Corgi, Doubleday, Bantam Press and Virgin Books.

Other international branches

Verlagsgruppe Random House was established after Bertelsmann's 1998 acquisition of Random House, grouping its German imprints (until then operating as Verlagsgruppe Bertelsmann) under the new name. It is the second largest book publisher in Germany with 43 imprints as of March 2010, including historic publishing houses Goldmann and Heyne, as well as C.Bertelsmann, the media giant's founding publishing house. It is headquartered in Munich (with additional locations in Gütersloh and Cologne), employs about 850 people, and publishes roughly 2.500 titles per year.

Random House of Canada[4] was established in 1944 as the Canadian distributor of Random House Books. In 1986 the company established its own indigenous Canadian publishing program that has become one of the most successful in Canadian history.

Random House also operates branches in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (as a joint venture under the name Random House Struik), and India as part of the overseas structure of The Random House Group Ltd. UK. In Australia offices are in Sydney and Melbourne[5]. In New Zealand it is based in Glenfield, Auckland, while Random House's Indian headquarters are located in New Delhi.

Random House Mondadori is Random House's Spanish-language joint venture with Italian publisher Mondadori, targeting markets in South and Middle America and Spain. It is headquartered in Barcelona with locations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

What began in 2004 as a joint venture with JoongAng M&B has been Random House Korea since 2006. Together with the group's joint venture with Japanese publisher Kodansha (under the name Random House Kodansha) it makes up the Random House Asia division.

Divisions and Imprints


Random House, U.S.A.[6]

Crown Publishing Group
  • Amphoto Books
  • Back Stage Books
  • Billboard Books
  • Broadway
  • Crown
  • Crown Business
  • Crown Forum
  • Clarkson Potter
  • Broadway Business
  • Doubleday Religion
  • Harmony Books
  • The Monacelli Press
  • Potter Craft
  • Potter Style
  • Ten Speed Press
  • Three Rivers Press
  • Tricycle Press
  • Shaye Areheart Books
  • Waterbrook Multnomah
  • Watson-Guptill
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Random House Publishing Group
Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Listening Library
  • Random House Audio
  • Random House Audio Assets
  • Random House Audio Dimensions
  • Random House Audio Roads
  • Random House Audio Voices
  • Random House Audio Price-less
Random House Children's Books
Random House Information Group
Random House Large Print

Random House International[10]

  • Areté
  • McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Plaza & Janés
  • Random House Australia
  • Random House of Canada
  • Random House Kodansha
  • Random House Korea
  • Random House Mondadori
  • Random House Struik
  • The Random House Group
  • Transworld Ireland
  • Transworld UK
  • Verlagsgruppe Random House

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Random House, Inc.

Type Subsidiary of Bertelsmann
Founded 1925
Founder Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Headquarters File:Flag of the United New York City, USA
File:Flag of Munich, Germany
File:Flag of the United London, UK
Key people Markus Dohle (Chairman and CEO)
Edward Volini (Deputy Chairman, Chief Operating Officer)
Dr. Joerg Pfuhl (Verlagsgruppe Random House)
Gail Rebuck (Random House Group)
Industry Books, Publishing
Products Books
Revenue $2.3 billion USD (2008)
Employees 5,764 (as of December 31, 2007)
Website www.randomhouse.com

[[File:|thumb|250px|Random House Tower headquarters, New York City]] Random House is the biggest English-language book publisher in the world. It is owned by the large German media company Bertelsmann.

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