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RANDOM HOUSE U.S. AND PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE U.K. CHILDREN’S DIVISIONS ACQUIRE SELF-PUBLISHED #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP
New Print Editions’ Simultaneous Publication Date is Friday, October 2, with the eBook editions available on September 8
New York and London (September 2, 2015)—The Random House U.S. and Penguin Random House U.K. children’s divisions of Penguin Random House have jointly acquired THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP, the current runaway #1 international bestseller self-published by Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin. The acquisition was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (U.S.), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s U.K., who obtained World English rights from Julia Angelin of the Stockholm-based Salomonsson Agency.
The new Penguin Random House print editions will go on sale Friday, October 2, with the ebook edition available on September 8, and will be available at physical and online retailers nationwide across the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.
The Penguin Random House editions share a fresh cover design newly updated from that of the self-published edition.
Two additional stand-alone books written by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin also have been acquired by the publishers. Information about them will be presented at a later date.
THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP has soared to the top of bestseller lists at numerous retailers internationally, including in the U.S. and the U.K., after receiving widespread media attention for its reported success in lulling children to sleep in minutes, by employing positive-reinforcement techniques to promote relaxation and induce sleep. Online parent testimonials affirm and rave about the speed and ease with which Ehrlin’s book has helped their children fall asleep.
Ehrlin’s bedtime story was originally published in Swedish in 2011. In 2014, an English translation was released, and it is now available in seven languages.
In the U.S., the Listening Library imprint of Penguin Random House Audio will simultaneously publish an audiobook edition on October 2. It will be available as a digital download in two separate editions, one with a male narrator and one with a female narrator, giving parents the option to choose which voice to listen to. A CD edition including both narrations will be available on November 3. Penguin Random House Children’s U.K. will also simultaneously publish a U.K. originated audiobook digital download on October 2, with both male and female narrations. An audio CD including both narrations will be available on October 22.
“We are so pleased to expand the availability and potential readership of Ehrlin’s captivating book in North America, and in the UK., together with our colleagues,” says Marcus. “We know there is a vast audience of eager parents that will both respond to and benefit from, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.”
“We’re thrilled to be publishing The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep—a phenomenon that’s grabbing people’s attention all around the world,” says Dow. “We are excited now to be bringing this book to an even bigger audience here in the UK and internationally. As a publisher we want to publish books that speak to people and have the power to support them. This book is very clearly doing that.”
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and Verlasgruppe Random House will publish Spanish and German-language editions.
Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin was born in Huskvarna, a small town in Sweden. He is a behavioral scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and teaches communications at a Swedish university. He is also a life coach and leadership trainer. He has published three books with themes of personal development and psychology. THE RABBIT WHO WANTS TO FALL ASLEEP is his first for parents and children.
How would you like a trip to Sydney to meet Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney? This awesome once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is the grand prize in the 2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-a-thon Challenge. Plus, you can get a Wimpy Kid yo-yo just for signing up! To sign up now, visit: http://pen.gy/wimpy-read
You can sign up and play by yourself, or challenge some friends and race to the finish! You could even ask your teacher if the whole class at school can try the Read-a-thon Challenge together.
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The finalists for this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature, the Best Writing Award and the Writers Prize have been announced.
Best Writing Award Finalists
On Warne by Gideon Haigh
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran
Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman
The Bush by Don Watson
For more information regarding these awards and to see the full list of recipients please visit melbourneprize.org
Over the last year, in the run up to his 40th birthday, Jamie Oliver has been on a personal journey, exploring his relationship with food and his body, and rediscovering how to make his ‘engine’ run as efficiently as possible. By making some gradual and significant changes to his diet and lifestyle, he has seen a dramatic improvement in his own health and wellbeing. Now he wants to share what he has learnt with everyone else.
His new book, Everyday Super Food, contains recipes for 30 breakfasts, 30 lunches and 30 dinners as well as fresh and original ideas for healthy snacks and drinks. The recipes are simple, tasty nutritious and really accessible. This is a flexible, every day, healthy cookbook that lets the reader choose whether to fundamentally change their lifestyle or to simply adopt the recipes for a tasty midweek meal or two.
In addition to helping us to be mindful about what we eat, Jamie has also taken advice from top experts in the world of nutrition, health and sleep and the result is what Jamie does best, lots of bite-sized information and delicious recipes.
Jamie says, “My wish is that through incredible food, this book will inspire and empower you to live the healthiest, happiest, most productive life you can. Food is there to be enjoyed, shared and celebrated and healthy, nourishing food should be colourful, delicious and fun. This book is full of exciting, well-rounded, balanced recipes that will fill you up, tickle your taste buds and most importantly, because I’ve done all the hard work on the nutrition front, every choice is a healthy choice.”
To hear Jamie talk about the book, watch here.
Readings has announced the titles shortlisted for its $4000 New Australian Writing Award.
For more information and to see the full list of books selected please visit the Readings website.
The shortlist for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards was announced on Saturday at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Penguin Random House authors had a good showing on the list, making up two-thirds of the True Crime category:
2014 Best Crime Novel
Eden, Candice Fox
2014 Best First Crime Novel
King of the Road, Nigel Bartlett
What Came Before, Anna George
2014 Best True Crime
The Fall, Amy Dale
The Family Court Murders, Debi Marshall
He Who Must Be Obeid, Kate McClymont and Linton Besser
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, David Murray
The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, Liam Pieper
The winners of the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards will be announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday 22 August.
The longlist for the Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes has been announced and we are pleased to congratulate Richard Flanagan and Robert Dessaix for their inclusions on the list.
Tasmania Book Prize
The best book with Tasmanian content in any genre, recognising the influence Tasmania has had on content or perspective and is sponsored by the Government.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
Margaret Scott Prize
The best book by a Tasmanian writer.
The shortlist will be announced alongside the shortlisted manuscripts in the University of Tasmania Prize and theTasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship at the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival in Hobart on Friday, 11 September 2015.
The winners of each of the 2015 Premier’s Literary Awards will be announced at a function at Government House on 2 December 2015.
The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies is based at James Cook University and aims to foster the study and appreciation of Australian literature. Funded by the late Colin Roderick CBE, the foundation presents the Colin Roderick Award, along with the HT Priestley Memorial Medal, to the author of the best book, in the judges' opinion, that is published in Australia in the previous calendar year, which deals with any aspect of Australian life.
Two of our authors have been shortlisted this year:
The Golden Age, Joan London
The Bush, Don Watson
The winner of this year’s award and medal will be announced at the annual dinner to be held in Townsville in late October.
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced its shortlist for its 15th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women and the list features a number of titles from Penguin Random House authors:
Young Adult Novels
- Intruder, Christine Bongers
- Friday Barnes: Big Trouble, R A Spratt
Leading UK crime writer, Sophie Hannah, will present the awards at a gala dinner at Melbourne's Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 29 August. Congratulations to all our shortlisted authors.
Melbourne 11.30am, 3 August 2015: Penguin Random House Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne today announced the sale of Bookworld, the online book retailer that operates bookworld.com.au and angusrobertson.com.au, to Booktopia.
The transaction will bring together Australia’s two largest online book businesses.
Coyne said “As publishers, connecting authors with readers is at the core of what we do and a strong online player is but one of the many ways this happens.
“Bookworld and Booktopia share the same commitment to delivering a first class online experience for Australian readers, and together will have the economies of scale and the brands to strengthen and grow an important channel.”
Since it was purchased in 2011, the Bookworld business has more than doubled, its loyalty programme has trebled, and a new platform implemented. It has also won a number of awards and been named a Top 50 Online Retailer by Power Retail for the past three years.
James Webber, CEO of Bookworld, said, “I am extremely proud of what the Bookworld team have achieved in such a short time and it has been very gratifying to see this recognised by the industry awards we have won over the last couple of years.
“I am also equally excited about the opportunities created by the bringing together of these two great businesses.
“This significantly strengthens this growing and increasingly important channel to market.”
Tony Nash, CEO of Booktopia, said, “Penguin Random House Australia have done a tremendous job growing the Bookworld business over the past few years and we have been impressed in what they have accomplished thus far.
“We look forward to the challenge of delighting the book buying community across all our websites as more and more people buy their books online.”
Booktopia was established in 2004 and is now one of the Top 10 pureplay (online only) retailers in Australia. There are over 100,000 in stock titles ready-to-ship from their 10,000 square metre Headquarters and Distribution Centre in Sydney and the Bookworld business will take full advantage of the infrastructure and systems already in place.
It is anticipated Booktopia will take operational control in mid-August, after which James Webber will leave the business. Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed.
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Booktopia (http://www.booktopia.com.au) was founded in 2004 on a $10 per day budget. It took 3 days to sell the first book and today a book is sold every 10 seconds with over 1,700,000 parcels per year being shipped to Australian and New Zealand addresses. The company has won Telstra Business of the Year for Medium Sized Businesses in NSW in 2014. They are the first company ever to be listed in the BRW Fast 100 for 6 years in a row. In 2014 and 2015 they won Online Bookseller of the Year. In the past few years Booktopia has been ranked in the Top 25 retail websites in Australia by Power Retail across all retailers. Booktopia employs 90 people at its Headquarters and Distribution Centre in Sydney. They have their own recording studio to interview authors for Booktopia TV. Over 1,600,000 Australians have bought from Booktopia. Booktopia sells eBooks and has its own eBook Reader App. It also sells DVDs, Audio Books, Magazines, Games, Puzzles, Stationery and Calendars.