Random House and Penguin may have officially merged a few months ago, but the companies still do things fairly autonomously. Most of their physical and digital book sales and marketing are still done by the same people, in the same divisions. The first big move to consolidate the two companies is via the audio division, which chiefly is responsible for audiobook production and marketing.
Penguin Random House’s President and COO Madeline McIntosh stated “Our frontlist and backlist audio titles will continue to be sold by the respective Penguin and Random House retail sales reps who currently sell them. The dedicated audio marketing, library sales, and publicity teams of the former Random House Audio Group will extend their activities to support Penguin’s audio list.”
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.