In another post, I began the undertaking of trying to gain some understanding of the immensity of the publishing industry.
I listed the Big 5 Publishing Houses as follows:
1-Penguin Random House
3-Simon & Schuster
4-Hachette Book Group
In the same post, I ranked the top 20 Publishing Houses.
In the aforementioned post, I also determined that I would extend my research by trying to capture how very, very big that just one of those publishing houses actually is–Penguin Random House. And that is what I hope to at least begin doing in this post.
How Big Is Penguin Random House?
To begin with, Penguin Random House is located in New York City’s 77th tallest building, at 1745 Broadway. The Random House Tower has 52 stories, and Penguin Random House occupies the first 27 stories of the property.
“…Penguin Random House occupies 603,650 sq ft (56,081 m2) and employs 2,400 people, while the rest of the tower houses 130 apartments, as well as 32,000 sq ft (3,000 m2) of retail space.” Wikipedia
For about 16 years, I lived on the New Jersey Shore–not too terribly far away from New York City, and I was able to visit the city several times. Since I am a visual artist, as well as a writer, I always made time to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is situated in Central Park. Central Park is probably my favorite place in New York City. The Random House Tower is located just south of Central Park–at the spot marked on the above map in red. It is about halfway between the Time Warner Center and the Rockefeller Center. No doubt, I have walked past RHT many times, but I didn’t know it when I was there. I probably just thought the Random House Tower was yet another massive building in NYC.
But at this point, I have only described the size of PRH’s main building. Penguin Random House is a world power, and it has several office sites. Let’s break this down some more.
Penguin Random House has 275 Imprints.
Before today, I did not know that DK was part of PRH. DK publishes some of the most gorgeous nonfiction books that I have ever seen.
Of course, I knew that PRH publishes Penguin Books and Penguin Classics,
But before today, I didn’t realize that PRH also publishes Writer’s Digest books.
Philomel Books are also published by PRH.
And Dutton Children’s Books are published by PRH, too
The list goes on and on, and it includes such names as Knopf, Doubleday, Crown, Dell, Delacorte, Nancy Paulsen, etc.
All in all, business at Penguin Random House is huge. In fact, it is staggeringly huge, and while I am certain that I still don’t know much about the publishing industry, I am now convinced that my best bet is to quit trying to fully understand the scope of it all. My best bet is to focus on my writing and illustrating. As usual, I’ll let the business people take care of business. I’ll simply create.