Author: Sherry Helms
If a book cover is printed with the symbol and signature of Random House then be sure about quality and reliability of the book. Directed towards giving the best in fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, Random House, Inc. is one of the world’s largest general-interest trade book publisher, and is owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s foremost media companies.
With the headquarter in New York, U.S.A., Random House gets hold of a global reach with Random House publishing companies in nineteen countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, U.S., and Venezuela.
Random House was founded in 1927 by Americans Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two years after they acquired The Modern Library imprint, reprints of classic works of literature, from publisher Horace Liveright. A quote by Cerf saying, “We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random,” suggested the name Random House.
Random House entered reference publishing in 1947 with the American College Dictionary, which was followed in 1966 by its first unabridged Random House Dictionary of the English Language.
Did You Know
Random House also possess an entertainment production arm for film and television, Random House Studio. The company also creates story content for media including video games, social networks on the web, and mobile platforms.
The company first made international news by successfully defending in court the U.S. publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, setting a major legal precedent for freedom of speech.
RH’s decades long dedication towards publishing the best literature by writers from the United States and the abroad has brought the company the privileges of publishing many award winning books. Books published by Random House, Inc. have won an unrivalled number of Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes.
Divisions, Groups And Imprints
Its American division currently comprises the Crown Publishing Group, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the Random House Publishing Group, Random House Children’s Books, and RH Digital Publishing Group. Some of their popular imprints are Amphoto Books, Back Stage Books, Billboard Books, Broadway Books, Crown, Crown Business, Doubleday Religion, Harmony Books, Image Books, Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon Books, Vintage, The Modern Library, Spectra, Villard Books, Beginner Books, Kids@Random, Nickelodeon Books, Prima Games, Fodor’s Travel, Living Language, Princeton Review, etc.
The Random House International Division includes more than 200 publishing companies with their famous imprints like William Heinemann, Hutchinson, Goldmann, BBC Books, Ebury Press, Virgin Books, Lumen, Plaza & Janés, Knopf Canada, Seal Books, Douglas Gibson Books, etc.
Some of the Associated Authors
Christopher Paolini, Dan Brown, Jean M. Auel, Linda Howard, John Twelve Hawks, E. L. James, Laura Hillenbrand, Jane Austen, Paul Auster, John Grisham, Maya Angelou, Eric Blehm, Stieg Larsson, Abraham Verghese, Barack Obama, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lisa See, James Frey and Mitch Albom.
Some Popular Books Published by RH in 21st Century
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2009)