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December 13, 2012

At Random House, Employees Will Enjoy 5,000 Shades of Green

50By LESLIE KAUFMAN

Random House had its corporate Christmas party on Wednesday night in New York, and word is that Santa likes bondage. A lot.

Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Random House, promised employees — from top editors to warehouse workers — a $5,000 bonus to celebrate a profitable year. The cheering went on for minutes, according to people in attendance.

Call it 5,000 shades of green.

This year, Random House had the good fortune to publish E. L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” about an inexperienced college student who falls in love with an older man with a taste for trying her up and whipping her, among other delights. The book has topped the New York Times paperback best-seller list for 37 weeks and counting. The sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” have been in the top five for a similar amount of time.

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December 20, 2010

Random on Track for Good 2010; Digital Sales Up 250%

Filed under: Publishers — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 8:56 pm
Random House will have a good fiscal 2010 spurred by a strong fourth quarter, chairman Markus Dohle told employees in his annual year-end letter. As has become his style, Dohle emphasized the global aspects of Random’s operations, and the success of the company’s rapidly expanding digital businesses. Digital sales are expected to be up 250% in 2010 with Dohle noting that in the U.S. this fall, e-book sales accounted for nearly half of the first week sale of certain titles….read more

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