Random House Australia is a part of the global Random House Group, the world's largest book publisher.
History of Random House
Random House Australia (RHA) is part of the Random House Group, one of the largest publishing houses in the world, owned by the German media company Bertelsmann AG. Carl Bertelsmann established his company in 1835, and early publications included the poems of Lord Byron, hymnals and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
Random House Inc was founded in 1925 in the US and was acquired by Bertelsmann AG in 1998. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious publishing companies in the world, as well as being the world's largest English-language trade publishing house. Books published by Random House are sold in almost every country in the world
Today, Australian readers of Random House books can enjoy a wealth of titles that span the mass market, illustrated, literary and children's areas.
About Random House Australia (RHA)
Random House Australia has a reputation for excellence, commitment and service. We are dedicated to both quality and diversity in our publishing activities.
Random House Australia invests strongly in Australian publishing and has established a firm reputation for an impressive array of Australian titles from literary fiction to popular fiction, non-fiction, illustrated and children's books. Our authors enjoy considerable success on national bestseller lists and are the recipients of major Australian literary prizes.
Authors published under local imprints include: Anita Bell, Mike Carlton, Matthew Condon, Susan Duncan, Elliot Perlman, Caroline Overington, John Flanagan, Jacqueline Harvey, Richard Flanagan, Wendy Harmer, Tom Keneally, Julie Goodwin, Peter FitzSimons, Nick Earls, Nicole Alexander, Christopher Koch, David Malouf, Ray Martin, Roger McDonald, Frank Moorhouse, Judy Nunn and Don Watson.
Bertelsmann AG is a trans-national media corporation founded in 1835, based in Gutersloh, Germany. The company operates in 50 countries and employs more than 100,000 people.
Bertelsmann produces, serves and markets media. Content is contributed by RTL Group, the No. 1 European broadcaster; Random House, the world's largest book-publishing group and Gruner + Jahr, Europe's biggest magazine publisher. Arvato provides media and communication services, while Direct Group is the global market leader in media distribution through clubs and on the Internet.
About The Random House Group
About The Random House Group
The Random House Group is an independently managed subsidiary of Random House Inc in the US, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG. Random House Group is one of the largest general book publishing companies in the UK. The Group is based in London with subsidiary companies in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India.
The Random House Group comprises six publishing companies with over 40 diverse and highly respected imprints and brand-name publishers including BBC Books, Jonathan Cape, William Heinemann, Chatto & Windus, Vintage, Corgi, Doubleday, Bantam Press, Arrow, Knopf and Virgin Books.
Novelists published by the Group include Dan Brown, Jilly Cooper, John Grisham, Robert Harris, Mark Haddon, Ian McEwan, Andy McNab, Terry Pratchett and Ruth Rendell.
Random House's non-fiction publishing consists of broad general non-fiction and specialist categories such as cookery, gardening, travel and business books. Notable authors of non-fiction include Bill Bryson, Nigella Lawson, Richard Dawkins and Edward de Bono. The Group's classic backlist of over 6,000 titles includes the works of Graham Greene, Iris Murdoch and Virginia Woolf amongst others.
Random House Children's Books publishes many bestselling writers including Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Malorie Blackman and Jacqueline Wilson. The Random House Group distribution business services its own imprints as well as 50 other UK publishers.
Books published by Random House have won more literary awards than those of any other company, including the Pulitzer Prize, The Nobel and the Miles Franklin Awards.
An award-winning publisher
Random House Australia invests strongly in Australian publishing and has established a firm reputation for an impressive array of Australian titles from literary fiction to popular fiction, non-fiction, illustrated and children's.
Authors published under local imprints include Deborah Abela, Anita Bell, Georgia Blain, Richard Branson, Peter Carey, Matthew Condon, Susan Duncan, Keith Fennell, John Flanagan, Richard Flanagan, Peter FitzSimons, Janet Frame, Leah Giarratano, Bradley Trevor Greive, Wendy Harmer, Robert Hughes, Kate Jennings, Susan Johnson, Gail Jones, Tom Keneally, Christopher Koch, Joan London, David Malouf, Roger McDonald, Susan Mitchell, Drusilla Modjeska, Frank Moorhouse, Judy Nunn, Elliot Perlman, Deborah Robertson and Don Watson.
Some of the international authors we publish include:
Peter Ackroyd, Kate Atkinson, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, A S Byatt, Lee Child, Louis de Bernieres, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Umberto Eco, Ben Elton, Nicholas Evans, Sebastian Faulks, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, Robert Goddard, John Grisham, Ainsley Harriott, Joanne Harris, Mo Hayder, Sophie Kinsella, Nigella Lawson, Henning Mankell, Armistead Maupin, Ian McEwan, Andy McNab, Toni Morrison, Irene Nemirovsky, Christopher Paolini, John Pilger, Terry Pratchett, Kathy Reichs, Ruth Rendell, Anne Rice, Tom Robbins, Salman Rushdie, Nicholas Shakespeare, Karin Slaughter, Danielle Steel, Joanna Trollope, James Patterson, Irvine Welsh and Jacqueline Wilson.
In addition to distributing Random House Australia books we distribute books for Hardie Grant Publishing and its international agencies including Chronicle Books, Quirk Books, Quadrille, Ryland Peters & Small, Rizzoli, Wisden, Workman and Pomegranate. Selected titles for Carlton Books, Greystone, Overlook Press and the National Portrait Gallery, London are distributed for Hardie Grant as well.
Random House Australia distributes ACP books. ACP Books is one of the world's best-selling publishers of cookbooks and their titles include the famous Australian Women's Weekly cookbooks as well as gardening, craft, parenting, computer books and children's books.
At Random House Australia we believe that, like all businesses, we need to examine and assess our environmental impact. This belief inspires action and we continually monitor our emissions output assessing where we can reduce our carbon footprint. We strive for the responsible use of energy, water, materials and space: our warehouse uses energy efficient bulbs, we recycle all plastic, paper, cardboard and shrink wrap generated in our warehouse and offices and we use environmentally friendly packing material made from wheat base because it's biodegradable.
As of March 2010, where possible, our Australian books will be printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council A.C. (FSC). FSC promotes environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forest. Together with Random House UK (who is already FSC certified) we are constantly striving to minimize the influence we have on the environment. We are working together with the rest of the publishing industry and our business partners to identify and address various environmental concerns.
Our printer for instance, recycles waste paper, waste metal, reuses their grey water and is investigating carbon offsets. We encourage our employees to support our local community, treasure our local environment and behave responsibly within society at large. We do all this because we believe that we can make a difference to the world now and in the future.