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A letter from CEO Markus Dohle about #GiveaBook

Today, in honor of this year’s #Giveabook campaign, we’d like to share a letter from Markus Dohle, the CEO of Penguin Random House. Here he writes to all Penguin Random House employees about the initiative. We encourage you all to provide books to kids in need by using the #Giveabook hashtag on Twitter.  “As Penguin Random House, we have so many great opportunities in front of us: to provide a platform for a diversity of voices, to nurture a culture of reading in each of the regions where we publish our books, and to further strengthen the publishing ecosystem around the world. With these opportunities also comes an important responsibility. Each of you plays an essential role in helping us live up to that responsibility through the work you and your colleagues do every day. And many of you go beyond that to find innovative ways for us to fulfill the larger purpose we have as book publishers to nourish a universal passion for reading and give our authors the readership they deserve. Markus I am particularly excited about our successful #GiveaBook campaign, which debuted to such great results in 2014. This Sales Department initiative is returning this holiday season beginning today, Monday, November 16. For every use of the #GiveaBook hashtag on Facebook and Twitter through Thursday, December 24, Penguin Random House will donate one book to the literacy charity First Book, up to 35,000 times. Last year, we far surpassed our initial goal of 25,000, and we provided an equal number of books for children in need. With all of us getting behind this great cause once again, I know that this year we can inform even more people about the power of reading and get books into the hands of even more young readers. GiveaBookWhaleLogo How fantastic it is to work at a place with the potential to make such an impact on the world. In addition to the passion you bring to everything you do, creative innovations like this campaign are what enable us to be more than just a book publishing company; we can also be a force for cultural good. #GiveaBook is just one of the ways in which we do this, and it’s one of the many reasons I am so proud to be a part of Penguin Random House. Markus Dohle For more information about the #GiveaBook campaign, visit www.giveabook.us