Major Media Companies' Book Divisions
A Who Owns Whom Guide to the Book Publishing Industry

 


Bertelsmann (Germany) (75% stake) / Pearson (UK) (25% stake)

Penguin Random House (Pearson reduced stake from 47% to 25% 2017) (2013 merger between Random House and Penguin)


Random House
(acq. by Bertelsmann from Newhouse 1998) (acq. by Newhouse from RCA 1980) (acq.
    by RCA 1966)
 
* Random House Publishing Group


ʅ * Ballantine Books (acq. by Random House from Intext 1973) (acq. by Intext 1968)


ʅ *Library of Contemporary Thought

* One World


* Del Rey (formed by Ballantine 1977)


ʅ * Del Rey/Lucas Books
* Del Rey Impact (formed 1999)


* Fawcett Books (acq. by Random House 1982) (acq. by CBS 1977) (formed 1950)


* Ivy Books
* Wellspring



* Ballantine Reader's Circle (formed 1997)
  * Mortalis (formed 2007)
* Presidio Press (acq. 2002)



* Random House
* Random House Trade Paperbacks (formed 2001)
* Modern Library (formed by Boni & Liveright 1917)



* Villard


ʅ * Strivers Row (formed 2001)

* Loveswept (formed by Random House 2011)


* Spiegel & Grau (formed 2006)


* Bantam (acq. by Bertelsmann 1977) (formed 1945)


* Dell (acq. by Doubleday 1976) (formed 1943)
* Dial Press (acq. by Dell 1963) (founded by Scofield Thayer 1923)



ʅ * Dial Press Trade Paperbacks (formed 2005)

* Delacorte
* Delta
* Island Books



* DTP
* ESPN Books

* Bantam Discovery (formed 2007)
* Spectra



* Alibi (formed by Random House 2012)
* Flirt (formed by Random House 2012)



* Hydra (formed by Random House 2012)
* Lenny (formed by Random House 2017)


* Knopf Publishing Group (acq. by Random House 1960)


ʅ * Alfred A. Knopf (acq. by Random House 1960)


* Pantheon Books (acq. by Knopf 1961)


* Doubleday (acq. by Bertelsmann 1986)


* Schocken Books (acq. by Random House 1987)


* Anchor Books (formed by Doubleday 1953)
* Vintage Books
* Vintage Español



* Everyman's Library
* Everyman Publishers
(UK) (acq. by Knopf 2002)
* Flying Dolphin Press (formed 2006)
* Nan A. Talese


* Crown Publishing Group


ʅ * Crown (acq. by Random House 1988)
* Crown Business



ʅ * House of Collectibles
* Broadway Books
* Hogarth
(formed by Random House 2011)



ʅ * Hogarth Shakespeare
* SJP for Hogarth

* Crown Archetype (formed by Random House 2010)


ʅ * Crown Business
* Three Rivers Press
* Harmony Books



ʅ * Bell Tower


* Deepak Chopra Books


*  Crown Forum (name changed from Prima Forum 2003) (Prima Forum acq. 2001)

* Clarkson Potter (acq. by Crown 1963) (founded 1959)


ʅ * Potter Craft
* Potter Style
* Watson-Guptill Publications
(acq. by Random House from Nielsen Business Media 2008)


* Main Street
* Harold Shaw Publishers (founded 1968) (acq. 2000)
* Discovery Books
* Currency




* WaterBrook Multnomah


ʅ * WaterBrook Press
* Multnomah
(Multnomah Publishers acq. 2006)
* Image Books (name changed from Doubleday Image)
* Convergent Books


* Ten Speed Press (acq. by Random House 2009)


ʅ * Celestial Arts


* Crossing Press



* Lorena Jones Books


* Rodale Books
* Tim Duggan Books


* Random House Children's Book Group


ʅ * Crown Books for Young Readers


* Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


ʅ * Tricycle Press (acq. by Random House 2009)

* Bantam Books for Young Readers


* Delacorte Press Young Readers


* Doubleday Books for Young Readers


* Random House Books for Young Readers


ʅ * Random House Para Niños

* Sesame Workshop
* LucasBooks



* Disney Books for Young Readers
* Dragonfly Books



* Laurel-Leaf Books
* Ember

* Yearling Books
* Now I'm Reading!



* Wendy Lamb Books (formed 2001)


* David Fickling Books (USA and UK) (acq. from Scholastic Press 2001)
* Golden Books (acq. by Random House 2001) (formed 1942 by Western Printing and Simon & Schuster)
* Random View Books (formed 2001)
* Bolder Books for Boys and Girls (formed 2005)
* Schwartz & Wade Books (formed 2005)
* Robin Corey Books (formed 2006)



* Princeton Review (acq. by Random House 1995)
* Sylvan Learning Publishing (joint venture with Sylvan Learning) (formed 2008)


* Audio/Living Language


ʅ * Living Language
* Random House Reference and Information
* Random House Español (formed 2000)
* Random House Large Print



* Penguin Random House Audio Publishing
* Random House Audio
(formed 2001)
* Random House Audio Assets (formed 2001)



* Random House Audio Dimensions (formed 2001)
* Random House Roads (formed 2001)
* Random House Audio Voices (formed 2001)
* Random House Audio Price-less (formed 2001)



* Listening Library (acq. 1999)


ʅ * Rabbit Ears (acq. 2006)

* Audible (8.2% stake)
* Random House Audible (formed 2000)
* Books on Tape (acq. 2001)


* Random House Diversified Group



* Random House Value Publishing

* Bertelsmann Arvato



* Offset Paperback Manufacturing


* Random House Ventures LLC (formed 2000)



* Xlibris (49% stake) (acq. 2000)
* Audible Inc. (minority stake) (acq.2000)
* ebrary.com (partial stake) (acq. 2000)
* Vocel (minority stake acq. 2005) (increased stake 2006)
* American Reading Company (minority stake) (acq. 2005)


* Random House of Canada Ltd.


ʅ * Random House Canada
* Knopf Canada



* McClelland & Stewart Doubleday Canada Publishing Group



ʅ * Anchor Canada (formed 2001)
* Seal Books
* Bond Street Books (formed 2005)



* McClelland & Stewart (full stake acq. by Random House 2012) (25% stake acq. 2000; 75% owned by University of Toronto)


* New Canadian Library
* Signal

* Emblem Editions (formed by McClelland & Stewart 2001)
* Douglas Gibson Books (formed by McClelland & Stewart 2004)



* Tundra Books
* Fenn-M&S
* Appetite


* Vintage Canada

* Random House Group Ltd.


ʅ * Random House UK


ʅ * Vintage
* Cape



* Chatto & Windus


ʅ * Hogarth (formed 2011)


* Pimlico
* Yellow Jersey
* Harvill Secker Press (2004 merger of Harvill (acq. 2002) and Secker & Warburg
* Century
* Hutchinson



* Arrow
* William Heinemann
* Preface Publishing (formed 2008)
* Virgin Books (90% stake; 10% owned by Richard Branson) (acq. 2007)


* Random House Children's Books


ʅ * Jonathan Cape
* Hutchinson
* Bodley Head
* Doubleday
* David Fickling Books (UK and US) (acq. from Scholastic Press 2001)
* Red Fox



ʅ * Definitions (formed 2001)


* Corgi Children's Books

* Transworld
* Ebury



ʅ * BBC Books (majority stake) (acq. 2006)

* Random House India (formed 2005)
* Random House Australia
* Random House New Zealand



* Random House Struik (South Africa) (49.9% stake; 50.1% owned by New Holland Publishing/Avusa) (2008 merger between Random House South Africa and Struik Publishers)


ʅ * Struik
* Zebra Press
* Umuzi (South Africa) (formed by Random House 2005)
* Oshun Books

* Random House Continental Europe and Latin America


ʅ * Grupo Editorial Random House Mondadori (50% stake; 50% owned by Mondadori) (2001 merger between Grupo Editorial Bertelsmann and Mondadori Spain)


ʅ * Grupo Editorial Plaza y Janés (Spain)


ʅ * De Bolsillo
* Ediciones Beascoa (acq. 2001)


* Grijalbo
* Lumen
* Debate
* Galaxia Gutenberg
* Grupo Editorial Sudamericana (Argentina) (acq. 60% 1997; acq. remaining 40% 2001)


* Verlagsgruppe Random House (Germany)


ʅ * Goldmann (Germany)
* Blanvalet (Germany)



* Manhattan (Germany)
* Heyne Verlag (Germany) (acq. 2003 from Axel Springer)



* Luchterhand (Germany) (acq. 2001)
* DVA (Germany) (acq. from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Group 2005)
* Koesel (Germany) (acq. from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Group 2005)
* Manesse (Germany) (acq. from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Group 2005)
* Audible.de (24.5% stake; 24.%% owned by Holtzbrinck Networxs; 51% owned by Audible) (formed 2004)

* Random House Asia


ʅ * Kadokawa Shoten (Japan) (3% stake; acq. 2000)


 

Direct Group
 
* Der Club


* France Loisirs (fully owned as of 2001; before then, joint venture with Vivendi Universal)


* Euromedia (Czech Republic)


* Swiat Ksiazki (Poland)


* Ukrainian Family Leisure Book Club (Ukraine)


* ECI (Netherlands)


* Círculo de Lectores (Spain) (founded 1962)


* Bertelsmann Korea (formed 1999)


* 21st Century Book Chain Co. (China) (40% stake; acq. 2003)


































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Previous Holdings

Bookspan (formed 2000 as a joint venture with Book-of-the-Month Club/Time Warner) (acq. full
    stake from Time Inc. 2007) (sold to Najafi Companies 2008; included Book-of-the-Month Club
    (acq. by Time Inc. 1977; founded 1926); Doubleday Book Club (founded 1930); Architects &
    Designers Book Service (formed 1965); Black Expressions (formed 1999); Children's
    Book-of-the-Month Club; BookPlanet (formed by Bookspan 2002); Círculo de Lectores
    (formed by Bookspan 2004); Computer Book Club; Country Homes & Gardens Book Club;
    Crafters Choice Book Club (formed 1993); Crossings; Discovery Channel Book Club (name
    changed from Natural Science Book Club; formed 1963); Doubleday Large Print Home Library
    (formed 1985); The Good Cook Book Club (formed 1971); History Book Club (formed 1947);
    Military Book Club (formed 1969); Mosaico (formed by Bookspan 2001); One Spirit; Quality
    Paperback Book Club (formed 1974); Rhapsody (formed 2000); Booksonline; International
    Book-of-the-Month Club (formed by Bookspan 2003); Zooba.com (acq. 2001) (50% stake
    controlled by Bookspan); YES Solutions (formed 2006); Literary Guild (acq. 1986; founded
    1927))
Times Books (licensed by New York Times to Random House 1984-2000)
Times Business (licensed by New York Times to Random House 1984-2000)
America Online Europe (49.5% stake) (divested 2002)
American Online Australia (50% stake) (divested 2000)
Prima Tech (acq. 2001) (sold to 22nd Century Inc. 2001)
Random House Audio Books (discontinued 2001)
BDD Audio (discontinued 2001)
BooksOnLine France (50% stake; purchased remaining 50% from Vivendi Universal
    and discontinued 2001)
BooksOnLine Spain (discontinued 2001)
AtRandom (formed 2000) (discontinued 2001)
Sierra Club Books (copublishing agreement ended 2001)
Prima Lifestyle (acq. 2001) (discontinued by Crown 2003)
Doubleday Graphic Novels (formed 2002) (discontinued 2003)
Morgan Road Books (formed 2004) (discontinued by Boubleday Broadway 2007)
Bertelsmann Springer (name changed from Springer Verlag) (Springer Verlag founded 1842)
    (Springer Verlag acq. by Bertelsmann 1998) (sold to Candover and Cinven 2003)
Birkhäuser Boston
Telos, the Electronic Library of Science
Traditions (formed 2001) (discontinued by BookSpan 2003)
Stage & Screen Book Club (discontinued by BookSpan 2003)
Gardening & Landscaping Book Club (discontinued by BookSpan 2003)
Early Childhood Teacher's Club (discontinued by Bertelsmann 2007)
Nurses Book Society (discontinued 2007)
Barnesandnoble.com (36.9% stake; sold to Barnes & Noble 2003)
Macfarlane Walter & Ross (founded 1988) (acq. by McClelland & Stewart from Stoddart 2000)
    (discontinued by McClelland & Stewart 2003)
American Compass (formed by Bookspan 2004) (sold to Conservative Book Club 2007)
Behavioral Science Book Service (formed 1950) (discontinued 2007)
Equestrian's Edge (formed 2000) (discontinued 2007)
InsightOut Books (formed by Bookspan 2001) (discontinued 2007)
Madison Park Press (formed 2005) (discontinued 2007)
Busara (formed 2003) (discontinued)
Wall Street Journal Books (joint venture with Wall Street Journal; formed 2004) (discontinued 2008)
Broadway Business merged with Crown Business 2010 (Doubleday Business name changed to Broadway Business 2009)
Triumph Books (acq. 2006) (sold to Mitch Rogatz 2011)
Monacelli Press (acq. 2008) (founded by Gianfranco Monacelli 1994) (acq. by Random House 2008) (sold to Gianfranco Monacelli 2011)
Gerth Medien (Germany) (acq. 2006) (sold 2016)
Adeo (sold 2016)
Random House Kodansha (Japan) (50% stake; 50% owned by Kodansha) (formed 2003) (discontinued 2009)
Random House Korea (Random House JoonAng formed 2004 as joint venture with JoonAng Ilbo Publishers; Random House acq. full stake from JoonAng 2006) (sold 2010)
Harlem Moon (formed 2000) (discontinued by Doubleday 2008)
Shaye Areheart Books (discontinued 2010)
Doubleday Religion (discontinued 2011)
Random House Studio (sold by Penguin Random House)
Bookworld (Australia) (sold to Booktopia 2015)
Fodor's (David McKay acq. by Random House 1986) (acq. by Vavid Mckay  Company 1950) (founded 1936) (sold by Penguin Random House to Internet Brands 2016)

 

       Last updated July 29, 2018