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The Guardian view on the writing business: readers must ultimately benefit | Editorial
Editorial: People want stories and that means cultivating a publishing ecosystem where big and small can flourish


28, Mar, 2021 @5:25 PM

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Authors fear the worst if Penguin owner takes over Simon & Schuster
Analysis: if Bertelsmann, owner of Penguin Random House, buys US publisher, writers expect smaller deals and less choice for readers

Alison Flood

22, Mar, 2021 @11:24 PM

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UK watchdog investigates Penguin owner’s Simon & Schuster takeover
CMA says it is considering whether Penguin Random House’s $2bn deal would lessen competition

Mark Sweney

22, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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PRH owner Bertelsmann to buy Simon & Schuster in $2bn deal
German media firm, already owner of the giant Penguin Random House, says acquisition of another major publisher is ‘approvable’ within monopoly rules

Staff and agencies

25, Nov, 2020 @4:55 PM

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Michelle Obama's memoir sells more than 10m copies
Former first lady’s Becoming is a global hit in 31 languages and has sold 600,000 copies in UK

Mark Sweney

26, Mar, 2019 @3:40 PM

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The Guardian view on literary fiction: in need of support | Editorial
Editorial: Stories should come from all parts of society – not just from the well heeled and the middle class


27, Dec, 2017 @5:56 PM

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Despacito drives Bertelsmann to record €500m profits
Song of the summer and TV shows American Gods and 13 Reasons Why boost German media group

Mark Sweney

31, Aug, 2017 @1:31 PM

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Pearson picks up $1bn from Penguin – but no treat for investors | Nils Pratley
The education business sold nearly half its stake in the publisher to Bertelsmann, but much of the proceeds will be reinvested

Nils Pratley

11, Jul, 2017 @7:08 PM

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Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn
The beleaguered FTSE 100 firm strengthens balance sheet by selling a 22% stake to Bertelsmann in deal valuing the publishing giant at $3.55bn

Mark Sweney

11, Jul, 2017 @8:07 AM

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Books world uneasy as Pearson to sell stake in Penguin Random House
Management have moved to reassure staff and writers that selling the 47% holding will not affect business, but authors and agents express unease

Danuta Kean

18, Jan, 2017 @4:29 PM

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FT Group profits rise 17%
Publisher of Financial Times operating profits grow to £55m in 2013 as owner Pearson announces overall slump of 21%. By John Reynolds

John Reynolds

28, Feb, 2014 @11:03 AM

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FremantleMedia set for buying spree
The X Factor co-producer to return to acquisition trail following period of management transition, says Bertelsmann chief. By Mark Sweney in Berlin

Mark Sweney in Berlin

26, Mar, 2013 @1:25 PM

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