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Random House, Inc. is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world. It has been owned since 1998 by the German media corporation and has become the for Bertelsmann book publishing. Random House also has a movie production arm, Random House Films, of which the most recent release was . The company is also creating story content for media including video games, social networks on the web, and mobile platforms. Random House is considered one of the "Big Six" publishing companies, along with , , , and [1].


Random House, U.S.A.
Random House was founded in 1927 by Americans and , two years after they acquired the . Cerf is quoted as saying, "We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random," which suggested the name Random House. C250.columbia.edu, Bennet Alfred Cerf Biography

Its American divisions currently include the , the , the Random House Publishing Group, and Random House Children's Books.

Random House entered reference publishing in 1947 with the American College Dictionary, which was followed in 1966 by its first unabridged . Today it publishes the and dictionaries, probably the main competitors for reference titles.

The American publishers , Inc. and were acquired by Random House in 1960 and 1961, respectively; works continue to be published under these imprints with editorial independence, such as , a series of classical literature reprints. Random House has been the distributor for since 1974. They also currently distribute , Books, , , , , , , , , , , , and . In 1998, bought Random House and it soon went global.Random House Company History, from fundinguniverse.com. Accessed April 13, 2008.

The publisher's main U.S. office is located at 1745 in , in the 684-foot , completed in 2003 and spanning the entire west side of the block between West and west 56th. Its lobby showcases floor-to-ceiling glassed-in bookcases filled with books published by the company's many imprints. Earlier addresses were 457 Madison Ave., New York 22, N.Y.; 20 East 57th St., New York 22, N.Y.; and 201 East 50th St, New York, NY 10022.


International Branches
Random House, Inc. maintains several independently managed subsidiaries around the world.

The Random House Group is one of the largest general book publishing companies in the UK and is based in London. The Group comprises five publishing companies: Cornerstone Publishing, Vintage Publishing, Ebury Publishing, Random House Children's Publishers UK and Transworld Publishers, boasting more than 40 diverse and highly respected imprints. Its distribution business services its own imprints as well as 60 other UK publishers. The Random House archive and library is located in in .

The Random House Group also operates branches in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (as a joint venture under the name Random House Struik), and India as part of its overseas structure. In Australia offices are in Sydney and . randomhouse.com.au In New Zealand it is based in , , while Random House's Indian headquarters are located in New Delhi.

Verlagsgruppe Random House was established after Bertelsmann's 1998 acquisition of Random House, grouping its German imprints (until then operating as Verlagsgruppe Bertelsmann) under the new name. It is the second largest book publisher in Germany with more than 40 imprints, including historic publishing houses and Heyne, as well as C. Bertelsmann, the publishing house from which today's Bertelsmann AG would eventually evolve. Verlagsgruppe Random House is headquartered in (with additional locations in , , and ), employs about 850 people, and publishes roughly 2.500 titles per year.

randomhouse.ca was established in 1944 as the Canadian distributor of Random House Books. In 1986 the company established its own indigenous Canadian publishing program that has become one of the most successful in Canadian history. Until January 2012 it used to hold a 25% stake in , with the remaining 75% being controlled by the . It is now the sole owner of McClelland & Stewart.

Random House Mondadori is Random House's Spanish-language joint venture with Italian publisher , targeting markets in South and Central America and Spain. It is headquartered in with locations in , , , Mexico, , and .

In late 2009 and early 2010, respectively, Random House discontinued their Japanese joint venture Random House , which had been established in 2003, and also divested their four-year ownership of Random House Korea. The company has since named Random House Australia managing director Margie Seale responsible for exploring and evaluating potential future business opportunities in Asia. benet.bertelsman.com


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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


Random House Publishing Group
  • Children's Classics
  • Crescent Books
  • Derrydale
  • Gramercy Books
  • Testament Books
  • Wings Books


Random House Children's Books


Digital Publishing Group


Random House International

The Random House Group
Cornerstone Publishing
Vintage Publishing
Ebury Publishing
  • Corgi
  • Bantam
  • Black Swan
  • Eden Project
  • Expert
  • Transworld Ireland
  • Transworld Sport
Random House Children's Publishers UK
Mainstream Publishing
Random House Australia
Random House India
Random House New Zealand
Random House Struik


Verlagsgruppe Random House
  • adeo
  • Ansata
  • Ariston
  • Arkana
  • Bassermann
  • Blanvalet
  • Blessing
  • btb
  • carl's books
  • C. Bertelsmann
  • cbj audio
  • cbj avanti
  • cbj Kinder- und Jugendbücher
  • cbt Jugendbücher
  • Der Hörverlag
  • Diana
  • Diederichs
  • DVA
  • Edition Elke Heidenreich
  • Gerth Medien
  • Gütersloher Verlagshaus
  • Heyne
  • Integral
  • Irisiana
  • Kailash
  • Knaus
  • Kösel
  • Limes
  • Lotos
  • Luchterhand Literaturverlag
  • Ludwig
  • Manesse
  • Manhattan
  • Mosaik bei Goldmann
  • Paige & Turner
  • Pantheon
  • Penhaligon
  • Prestel
  • Random House Audio
  • Random House Entertainment
  • Riemann
  • Siedler
  • Sphinx
  • Südwest
  • Tag & Nacht


Random House Mondadori
  • Areté
  • Caballo de Troya
  • Collins
  • Debate
  • DeBolsillo
  • Electa
  • Grijalbo
  • Grijalbo Ilustrados
  • Lumen
  • Lumen Infantil
  • Mondadori
  • Montena
  • Plaza & Janés
  • Rosa dels Vents
  • Sudamericana


Random House of Canada
  • Anchor Canada
  • Bond Street
  • Doubleday Canada
  • Knopf Canada
  • Random House Canada
  • Seal Books
  • Vintage Canada

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Fenn/Tundra


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