Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House – Number One in the World of Book Publishing

Markus Dohle (CEO Penguin Random House): "Penguin Random House is home to many of the world's preeminent book publishers, each uniquely empowered with the freedom to create, without corporate or external interference, autonomous, diverse, author- and reader-focused editorial programs. Random House is committed to reinvesting the results of its current publishing successes in the future development of authors, state-of-the-art technology support for our publishers and booksellers, and in the career development of our employees worldwide.”

Books turn people into explorers. They open the gates to new worlds and new insights. Nowhere else will readers make as many discoveries as at Penguin Random House. With more than 15,000 new books issued a year and more than 700 million copies in print, audio and e-books sold annually, Penguin Random House is the world’s first truly global trade publishing group.


Penguin Random House's publishing programs offer an unrivalled mix of great literature, excellent entertainment, and highly regarded information and enlightenment written by more than 70 Nobel Laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read adult and children’s novelists and nonfiction authors such as Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Clive Cussler, Roald Dahl, E.L. Doctorow, Ildefonso Falcones, Ken Follett, Malcom Gladwell, Noah Gordon, Al Gore, John Grisham, John Irving, Dean Koontz, John Le Carre, Nigella Lawson, Cormac McCarthy, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison, Julia Navarro, Jamie Oliver, Orhan Pamuk, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, Nora Roberts, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Danielle Steel and John Updike. 

Publishing Houses

Penguin Random House stands for the highest quality – and a wide variety of reading experiences. The publisher presents a broad spectrum of editorial voices comprised of nearly 250 editorially independent imprints across five continents. These include historic publishing houses such as Doubleday, Viking and Alfred A. Knopf (USA); Ebury, Hamish Hamilton and Transworld (UK); Plaza & Janés (Spain) and Sudamericana (Argentina). Random House empowers each of its publishers with autonomy and independence from outside interference, thus ensuring the greatest diversity for its publishing.

Munich-based Verlagsgruppe Random House, the German-language publishing group, remained at Bertelsmann, outside the new company Penguin Random House, continuing to report to Markus Dohle.

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What is CYOC?

CYOC is the abbreviation for "Create Your Own Career"

The slogan emphasizes individual career opportunities and entrepreneurial freedom, which employees of Bertelsmann get. The following video shows what Create Your Own Career means for our employees.