May 26, 2022

Penguin Random House Announces Interim Discounted Digital-Book Library Program For Online Patrons, Educators, and Students

Update March 18, 2020: Statement from ALA

From a Penguin Random House Announcement:

To further encourage book reading, especially among students, and to support school and public libraries that are closed with the escalating CV-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House will discount the prices of the e-book and audio book  titles sold through wholesalers to these institutions. This discounting begins immediately and will be in effect for a 90-day period.

“In this time of unprecedented disruption, Penguin Random House wants to continue and to expand our unwavering commitment to public and school libraries the best way we know how: by making our books more accessible for educators and students, especially those engaged in remote learning, and to library patrons everywhere,” said Skip Dye, Senior Vice President, Library Sales & Digital Strategy, Penguin Random House.

Penguin Random House sells its books to libraries through wholesalers, who have been provided with a 90-day temporary-pricing model for its accounts.

All Penguin Random House and DK adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction e-book and digital audio titles are eligible for this program.

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