In the next months it was seen how different publishers were competing in their own different ways. Penguin and Wordsworth Editions declared a price war selling paperback classics for Pounds 1 each.
These "up-market" or "down-market" were the ways of selling literature. In September Pearson brought a new change by announcing that publishing should be grouped by theme. As the result, entertainment- Ladybird Books, the children's publisher was added to Penguin and became a subsidiary of the Penguin Group. As an outcome, Penguin's world-wide business showed revenues of about Pounds m. A major change took place in September , when the official price-fixing of books collapsed after nearly a century. Penguin Books announced its withdrawal from the net book agreement NBA , which has restricted price competition since This took place due to the "environmentalist pressures.
Adam, a managing director of Penguin Books Limited , said: "We had to face reality. If books are going to compete against compact discs and videos, we've got to have a level playing field and be able to discount like they do. Penguin also was celebrating its 60th anniversary in with a major trade advertising campaign.
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This campaign included a publication of 60 Penguin Sixties, small format paperbacks, at 60p each. In the present year , Penguin Company is still benefiting from repeat contracts for Penguin mini-paperbacks. In January another major political change took place, not in favour for Penguin Company.
A legislation was produced which revives copyright protection to an important group of writers. This legislation meant that publishers have to pay several million pounds to the estates of writers, who died between and The change in UK legislation introduced as part of copyright laws across the European Union was brought in in order to cover the works which were previously out of copyright. Taking the European Union single market that is taking place into consideration, one should remember that "Nothing is "overseas" anymore," a statement by Kenichi Ohmae that clearly defines he.
This brings up the international dimension of Penguin - a dimension which is continually growing in importance. Each of these companies does its own publishing but is monitored by each other's publication programmes.
There are also several smaller marketing companies which carry stock and consignment on behalf of the Group. They do not currently have their own publishing programmes but import from the group companies. Due to the socio-cultural differences Penguin India, for example, operate differently as there are import restrictions in operation and the solution is for Penguin India to do a large amount of its own publishing.
There are also resident representatives in Hong Kong and Singapore. On the whole, one may conclude that Penguin has grown, with the help of acquisitions, for example, from a loss- making business with revenues of Pounds 37m to one which in had world-wide revenues of Pounds m and profits of Pounds 34m, and remains one of the world's largest book publishing groups. The result of Lane being involved in a move towards democratisation has shown that today, hundreds of thousands of books are available to millions of readers at a low price, and the market seems to be growing daily, selling into more countries than any other publisher, and providing a good example of how a company is dealing with change and success by continuing the traditions of Sir Allen Lane.
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