Random House + Penguin: What the Merger Means for Publishers, Authors, Readers

“…For the midsize and small presses, a merger like this only widens the gap, and puts smaller houses in the unenviable position of competing with a behemoth in the way a tiny e-commerce platform competes with Amazon.

   The silver lining: Big corporations market to the masses, and can at times leave niche opportunities untouched and emerging markets unnoticed. Small publishers — and indie authors — can capitalize on the fissures created beneath the immense weight of a mega-corporation.…”

By Jason Allen Ashlock, PBS Mediashift, October 29, 2012: here.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Random House + Penguin: What the Merger Means for Publishers, Authors, Readers

  1. Jeff Bragg says:

    What are they going to call the new publishing behemoth, Random Penguin?

  2. Gill says:

    I'm waiting for the day when the "mega-corps" implode on each other and a new universe is created… I only hope the zombie apocalypse doesn't happen first…

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