On 12 June 2003, called the proposed merger of Random House and Time Warner Book Group, by the CEO of Random House, the parent company Bertelsmann. The announcement was made by several critics who had the logic of further consolidation in the book welcomes publishing industry question, relying on the power of big publishing houses – Random House was already the world’s largest book publisher – and the accompanying commercialization of literature. Peter Olson, CEO of Random House, had … Read more »

On 12 June 2003, called the proposed merger of Random House and Time Warner Book Group, by the CEO of Random House, the parent company Bertelsmann. The announcement was made by several critics who had the logic of further consolidation in the book welcomes publishing industry question, relying on the power of big publishing houses – Random House was already the world’s largest book publisher – and the accompanying commercialization of literature. Peter Olson, CEO of Random House had to decide how to proceed and confront several other challenges for the publishing industry: mainly, backward integration of Barnes and Noble in book publishing and the potential for digital devices such as e-books to undermine traditional value chain of book publishing. Describes each of these voltages.
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Bharat N. Anand,
Kyle Barnett
Elizabeth Carpenter
Source: Harvard Business School
26 pages.
Publication Date: Feb 17, 2004. Prod #: 704 438 PDF-ENG
Random House HBR case solution

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