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Penguin: Set to join Random House

Pearson's Penguin joins Random House

Pearson agreed to combine its Penguin publishing unit with Bertelsmann's Random House to create by far the largest book publisher in Britain and the United States.

Being careful about the name of your company if you are about to join forces

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And so I bid Penguin a sad farewell

This merger will mean both authors and readers having less choice

Murdoch's News Corp joins the battle to p-p-p-ick up Penguin

News Corporation is preparing to make a cash offer worth as much as £1bn for Pearson's Penguin Group, throwing plans to merge the major book publisher with rival Random House into disarray.

Penguin in merger talks with Random House

Two of the world's largest book publishers are in talks to create a new market leader designed to wrestle back leadership of the industry from the technology interlopers Apple and Amazon.

Publishers Random House and Penguin in merger talks

Two of the world's largest book publishers are in talks to create a new market leader designed to wrestle back leadership of the industry from the technology interlopers Apple and Amazon.

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Malaria kills zoo penguins

Six Humboldt penguins died in an outbreak of malaria at London Zoo, it was revealed yesterday. The birds contracted the avian strain of the disease from mosquitoes in August.

Six penguins die after malaria outbreak at London Zoo

Six penguins have died after an outbreak of malaria at London Zoo this summer.

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Fanfic makes its first fanfare in the world of real books

Have you read the Harry Potter in which the boy wizard whacks wands with Ron Weasley? Or is adopted by his nemesis Voldemort? Or becomes a werewolf? JK Rowling obviously didn't write any of these storylines but they all exist online, in the form of fan fiction. According to The New Yorker, the Harry Potter novels have inspired more than 600,000 pieces of fan fiction, a total that increases by at least a thousand stories a week. And although fan fiction (or fanfic) predates the internet, the web has allowed the genre to flourish.

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Why I am the Boden walrus's biggest fan

Who's this handsome beast? He appeared on an envelope I received last week. Happily tearing it open, I assumed it must be a missive from a friend who knows I love a creature. But no, this tusksome fellow was on the outside of a voucher for Boden. I've never bought anything from Boden, but all that could change if this handsome devil was going to appear on T-shirts, shopping bags or even in miniature form on a tea dress.

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