Random House is a publishing division of Bertelsmann AG. It was founded in 1927 by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two years after they had acquired the Modern Libraryimprint. 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.
Its imprints currently include the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Chatto and Windus, the Crown Publishing Group, the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, Ebury Press, the Knopf Publishing Group, the Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House Children's Books, the Random House Diversified Publishing Group, the Random House Information Group, the Random House Ballantine Publishing Group, and Random House Ventures. It also has a division called Del Rey Manga, which publishes manga in English in North America
The distinguished American publishers Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and Pantheon Books were acquired by Random House in 1960 and 1961, respectively; works continue to be published under these imprints with editorial independence.
RandomHouse Children's Books is one of America's foremost publishers of quality literature for pre-school children through young adult readers in all formats from board books to picture books to novels.
RandomHouse Ventures, launched in 2000, focuses on companies which have strong content, channel, or IP positions and which operate at the intersection of publishing and technology.
RandomHouse, Inc. is a publishing market leader in 12 countries around the world, and publishes more than 10,000 new adult and children's titles annually in hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, audio, and electronic formats.
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