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Our Story

Our Mission

Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, 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.

What We Do

Our dedicated team of publishing professionals is committed to helping authors realize their very best work and to finding innovative new ways of bringing stories and ideas to audiences worldwide. By leveraging our global reach, embracing new technologies, and collaborating with authors at every stage of the publishing process—from editorial and design, to sales and marketing, to production and distribution—we aim to provide them with the greatest platform possible. At the same time, we fiercely protect our authors’ intellectual property and champion freedom of expression, ensuring that their voices carry beyond the page and into the folds of communities and societies around the globe.

Our Heritage and Ongoing Commitment

With a rich history dating back to the 1800s, our expansive publishing portfolio contains books and products for readers of all ages at every stage of life. We’re also proud to count more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors as part of the Penguin Random House family.

Penguin Random House is committed to expanding our role as a cultural institution that serves society not only with the books we publish and investments we make in new ideas, creativity, and diverse voices, but also through our charitable donations and leadership of numerous campaigns and initiatives worldwide that promote literacy and reading culture, support freedom of expression, and reflect our belief in the power of books to connect and change lives.

At a Glance

  • Established on July 1, 2013
  • Shareholders: Bertelsmann 53% and Pearson 47%
  • Headquartered in New York City with operations in 20 countries across five continents
  • Made up of 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints
  • Comprised of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing
  • Employs more than 12,000 people globally
  • Publishes 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles annually, with more than 100,000 eBooks available worldwide
  • Committed to publishing and operating responsibly. Click here to read more about our Corporate Responsibility and how we contribute to our readers’ communities.
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