RandomHouse starts its own author solution in Germany – it’s called Twentysix

When I read about Penguin Random House and self publishing in the US, I don’t find many good things being said about the solutions they offer authors with their Author Solutions platform. Now, it seems, the Random House is going into a similar direction in Germany. At Frankfurt Book Fair, they are opening their own self publishing portal “Twentysix” here. That’s not unusual by itself. Publisher Holtzbrinck, for example, is pretty successful with their ebook aggregator Neobooks, and Bastei Lübbe recently acquired aggregator Bookrix.

The interesting part in case of RandomHouse is how they are planning to earn with Twentysix: By charging authors a premium for the simple hope to get published under the RandomHouse name. They use the technology of print on demand service BoD (quite a good name and a strong competitor to CreateSpace in Germany) – but sell it for a higher price. In exchange, they promise authors that editors of the company would regularly look at all the titles that are published with them. Also, they are planning to offer “exclusive services” in the future.

About Matthias Matting

Born 1966. University degree in physics, journalist for major news magazines for more than 20 years. Started self publishing in 2011 when KDP came to Germany, subsequently became the author of the Amazon bestselling eBook 2011. Started blog selfpublisherbibel.de in early 2013, now a leading information resource for authors in Germany. Currently working part time with a German publisher and as an author / expert / speaker / freelance journalist. Published around 50 titles so far with total sales of approx. 180.000, mostly non-fiction.

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