This promotional video from the US office of Random House provides a behind the scenes look at the workings of a major publishing house. It features interviews with the company’s editors, designers, marketing staff and publicists, highlighting the huge amount of work, money and effort that goes into producing and promoting a commercially published book.

Random House is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world and is poised to become even larger as it moves to merge with Penguin. Its authors include Maya Angelou, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, E.L. James, George R.R. Martin and Paulo Coelho.

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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut

Watch Kurt Vonnegut explain The Shapes of Stories himself in this great video.

 

Designer: Maya Eilam
Sources: A Man Without a Country and Palm Sunday


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What if these best-selling albums had been books instead? The Record Books are the creation of UK-based graphic designer and art director Christophe Gowans. Below are ten of our favourites.

© Christophe Gowans. Reproduced with permission.

Are You Experienced
Charismatic Harvard whizkid Hendrix’s self-help bible. A spin-off from his phenomenally successful TV reality show, ‘The Experience’.
Record Books - Are You Experienced
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