PENGUIN ANNOUNCES 2012 RESULTS
New York, New York, February 25, 2013Penguin, the international publishing company, today announced its 2012 results reporting sales of $1,673 million on a headline basis ($1,635 million underlying) and operating profit of $156 million ($155 million underlying). Penguin performed particularly strongly in the second half of the year, gaining market share in all its major territories in the crucial fourth quarter. This was driven by a publishing schedule that was weighted toward the second half of the year. These results were achieved against a backdrop of continuing tough retail trading conditions.
These results were part of Pearson#' 2012 results announcement. For the Pearson press release click here.
Penguin Chairman and CEO John Makinson, said: "We always knew that it would be tough to match Penguin's remarkable 2011 results in 2012, but as we anticipated, our performance strengthened over the course of the year, culminating in an outstanding fourth quarter around the world. It was a momentous year in many ways and I am proud that Penguin took center stage for two of the defining moments, through the acquisition of Author Solutions, which has got off to a fantastic early start, and through the proposed merger with Random House, which we expect to conclude in the second half of this year. We can say with some confidence that 2013 will be no less momentous than the year on which we are reporting."
For five years, Penguin Group (USA) has achieved tremendous growth in sales and profits, continually outpacing performance goals year after year. Penguin's 2012 full-year results were adversely affected by the comparison to these years of unprecedented growth-and externally by a challenging retail atmosphere, the continuing disappearance of physical shelf space, and a slowing growth rate in the sale of e-books.
Despite these factors, in the United States Penguin delivered outstanding results, particularly in the second half of the year, publishing 250 bestsellers, including established authors, debut authors, and books that became cultural touchstones. Penguin also won two Pulitzer Prizes (for the third year in a row it has won this prestigious award), a Nobel Prize in Literature, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Grammy.
Penguin continues to balance the publishing of major authors with the discovery of new writers and, in 2012, proved yet again that it can turn an unknown author into a bestseller and then a publishing phenomenon. No Easy Day became the industry's bestselling hardcover title-in only four months. Sylvia Day's Crossfire series has sold nearly four million copies. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars stayed on the bestseller list for all of 2012 and was recently named the #1 Fiction Book of the Year by Time magazine, an honor that has never before been given to a Young Readers title.
David Shanks, CEO, Penguin Group (USA), said, "Penguin had many triumphs in 2012. Given our remarkable recent history of growth, this year was always going to be difficult. But thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our employees, innovative publishing, increased efficiencies in systems and processes, and an excellent second half, 2012 was ultimately a year to be proud of. The company is off to a solid start in 2013, with an outstanding list of titles throughout the year."Penguin Group (USA) First-Half 2012 Performance Summary
- Penguin Group (USA) First-Half Publishing Highlights
- Won two Pulitzer Prizes, a Nobel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Edgar Award, a Grammy, and many other prestigious awards
- Published the #1 bestselling hardcover and most talked-about book of the year, Dutton's No Easy Day
- Published the first young adult title ever chosen as Time magazine's #1 Fiction Book of the Year, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, which spent the entire year on the New York Times bestseller list
- Acquired and published Sylvia Day's Bared to You and Reflected in You, establishing Penguin as a leader in "rapid response publishing"
- Launched new e-initial imprint InterMix, which sold more than one million units in its first year
- Serialized e-book landed multiple parts on the New York Times bestseller list
- For the 26th consecutive year, G. P. Putnam's Sons led the industry in hardcover bestsellers
- Berkley/NAL led the industry in mass market bestsellers once again
- Expanded the Best of Penguin Shops to 35 stores across the country
- Strengthened relationship with libraries, participating in multiple e-book-lending pilot programs
- Grew Spanish language publishing in Latin America and the United States
- Partnered with Companhia das Letras on the launch of its Paralela imprint, which brought bestsellers like No Easy Day and Bared to You to Brazil
- Launched Twitter Book Club, garnering more than 22 million impressions and reaching readers around the world
- Continued digital innovation
- The Penguin Specials program continued to grow, with more than a hundred additional titles and multiple bestsellers
- Penguin Digital Publishing expanded its line of deluxe e-books with enhanced features and saw significant growth in this area
- Connected to Hollywood through the Penguin Development Group
- Continued the decade-long growth in International Sales
- Penguin Audio won a Grammy Award and an Audie and continued its steady growth
- Sparked national conversations with Nate Silver's The Signal and The Noise (The Penguin Press) and many other Penguin Group (USA) books
- Continued successful publishing across imprints, including bestsellers and award winners from Viking, Riverhead, Blue Rider, and more
- Penguin Online, Special Markets, and Subrights expanded Penguin's reach worldwide
- Looking ahead to an exciting 2013 with new titles from Khaled Hosseini, Sylvia Day, Michael Pollan, Phil Jackson, Sarah Dessen, and more
Won two Pulitzer Prizes, a Nobel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Edgar Award, a Grammy, and many other prestigious awards
Penguin Group (USA) won two 2012 Pulitzer Prizes: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking) for History and George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press) for Biography. Mo Yan, author of Red Sorghum (Penguin) received the Nobel Prize in Literature. George F. Kennan: An American Life (The Penguin Press) also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and the American History Book Prize from the New-York Historical Society. Penguin Audio's edition of If You Ask Me by Betty White won a Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category, the second time Penguin has won this award.
A full list of Penguin's nearly 40 award wins in 2012 can be found at the end of this document.
Published the #1 bestselling hardcover and most talked-about book of the year, Dutton's No Easy Day
An important historical record and a publishing phenomenon, the most talked about and #1 bestselling hardcover book of 2012 was Dutton's No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden by Mark Owen, with Kevin Maurer. In four months, No Easy Day sold more than one million hardcover editions, making it the top-selling hardcover in the industry for the year, as well as more than 450,000 e-books. It was the first book to ever have an hour-long 60 Minutes piece.
Published the first young adult title ever chosen as Time magazine's #1 Fiction Book of the Year, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, which spent the entire year on the New York Times bestseller list
John Green's hardcover The Fault in Our Stars debuted at #1 on The New York Times children's chapter books bestseller list in January 2012 and has remained there for more than a year. Time magazine named The Fault in Our Stars the #1 Best Fiction of 2012 (the first time a young adult novel has received this accolade) and it has also been named to numerous Best Book of the Year lists, including those from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Acquired and published Sylvia Day's Bared to You and Reflected in You, establishing Penguin as a leader in "rapid response publishing"
In 2012, publishers had to turn on a dime to get books to market. Penguin was quick to take advantage of the erotic fiction and self-published trends creating digital-first breakout hits. Two of the biggest breakout books of the year were Sylvia Day's Bared to You (June 2012) and Reflected in You (October 2012), the first two installments in the Crossfire series, published by Berkley. Dutton and Plume worked together to buy trade paperback and e-book rights to On the Island and started publishing the e-book within two weeks of acquiring it.
Sylvia Day's Crossfire Series Is Breakout Success
Originally self-published, Bared to You began building buzz as the perfect book to read after finishing the Fifty Shades trilogy, and Berkley acquired the rights. Berkley sold more than 800,000 Bared to You e-books in 2012. The paperback debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #4 and was on the list for 31 weeks in 2012.
The e-book edition of Reflected in You debuted at #1 on the New York Times e-book fiction bestseller list and sold 286,000 copies in its first week. In 2012, Berkley sold more than 600,000 Reflected in You e-books. The trade paperback of Reflected in You debuted at #1 on the New York Times trade paperback fiction bestseller list.
Launched new e-initial imprint InterMix, which sold more than one million units in its first year
InterMix, Berkley/NAL's e-initial imprint, launched in January 2012 with the release of eleven classic Nora Roberts titles that had never been available as e-books. InterMix also published titles by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle that had not been previously available as e-books as well as Beth Kery's eight-part serialized novel Because You Are Mine.
Serialized e-book landed multiple parts on the New York Times bestseller list
Because You Are Mine, an eight-part serialized novel by Beth Kery, became InterMix's first New York Times e-book bestseller, hitting the list with six of its installments. In March 2013, Berkley will publish Because You Are Mine as a complete novel in trade paperback, featuring all eight parts.
For the 26th consecutive year, G. P. Putnam's Sons led the industry in hardcover bestsellers
G. P. Putnam's Sons had an industry-leading 31 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, more than any individual hardcover imprint, an accomplishment Putnam has achieved every year for more than 25 years. In 2012, Putnam published bestsellers by Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler, Robert Crais, J. D. Robb, Jenny Lawson, John Sandford, Catherine Coulter, Stuart Woods, W.E.B. Griffin, Dolly Parton, C. J. Box, and many others.
Berkley/NAL led the industry in mass market bestsellers once again
Berkley/NAL continued to be the #1 mass market publisher in the industry, while also publishing bestsellers in hardcover and trade paperback, with 82 New York Times mass market bestsellers. In 2012, Berkley/NAL published bestselling books by Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Sylvia Day, J. R. Ward, Laurell K. Hamilton, Joan Rivers, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Christine Feehan, and many others.
Expanded the Best of Penguin Shops to 35 stores across the country
In November, the Best of Penguin Shops expanded to 35 stores, including in metropolitan areas on the West Coast. Best of Penguin, which launched in 2011 in 10 Barnes & Noble stores and was featured at bn.com, celebrates everything readers love about Penguin: world-famous bestsellers and influential award winners, books for adults and books for kids, timeless classics and new voices, as well as a showcase for the new line of Penguin merchandise.
Strengthened relationship with libraries, offering multiple e-book-lending pilot programs
In 2012, Penguin introduced multiple pilot programs to make e-books available to libraries. In June, Penguin introduced a pilot program with 3M to provide e-books to the New York City and Brooklyn Public Libraries. That pilot was expanded by 70 libraries in October, including the Baltimore and St. Paul libraries. Penguin is selling its books to the institutions at the e-book list price, for lending six months after their release dates, with each book lent to one patron at a time. In November, Penguin launched a pilot with Baker & Taylor in the Los Angeles and Cleveland areas. The success and growth of these lending programs reinforces Penguin's ongoing support of libraries.
Grew Spanish language publishing in Latin America and the United States
No hay causa perdida by Alvaro Uribe Velez (Celebra) was the #1 book in Colombia for 11 straight weeks. This is the first time a book published, edited, and printed in the United States by a US publisher has ever reached the top spot in that country.
In 2012, Penguin en español sales were up 10 percent overall. Penguin US sales (Spanish-language and English titles) into Latin America and the Caribbean were up 28 percent. Penguin's Spanish-language sales in the United States were up 3 percent.
In December, Penguin en español began publishing Tom Clancy books in Spanish for the first time, launching with two titles in the United States, Mexico, and Spain simultaneously. C.A. Press's most successful title in 2012 was Ciudadanía Americana ¡Hecho fácil!, a guide to the US Citizenship Test, which was on the Top 20 US Spanish Nielsen list for 10 weeks.
Partnered with Companhia das Letras on the launch of its Paralela imprint, which brought bestsellers like No Easy Day and Bared to You to Brazil
In 2012, Companhia das Letras in Brazil launched its Paralela imprint, bringing numerous Penguin Group (USA) bestselling titles to Brazil. Nearly half of Paralela's inaugural publishing list became bestsellers in Brazil. Titles included Bared to You and Reflected in You by Sylvia Day, No Easy Day by Mark Owen, and The Sign by Thomas de Wesselow, which was also published in the United States by Dutton.
Launched Twitter Book Club, garnering more than 22 million impressions and reaching readers around the world
Penguin's online marketing group launched a monthly book club with the author of each month's chosen book as the guest of honor. Penguin has garnered more than 22 million impressions on the #readpenguin hashtag since the club was launched.
Continued digital innovation
Mad Libs and Wreck This App lead Penguin's app innovations
In November, Penguin Young Readers Group relaunched the Mad Libs mobile app, and it skyrocketed to #12 in the app entertainment section. In its first week after relaunch, there were more than 200,000 app updates, some 54,000 new downloads, and nearly 6,000 in app purchases. In 2012, Penguin Young Readers' free Mad Libs app had more than 3.7 million downloads.
Perigee's Wreck This App, based on the worldwide phenomenon Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith, remained a top performer in iOS, making regular appearances on the Top Paid Entertainment App list for both iPad and iPhone, and this spring became available for Android and Nook. This Is Not an App is the second creativity app for iOS and Android devices based on one of Smith's books.
The Atlas Shrugged app, based on the classic novel by Ayn Rand, won Digital Book World's 2012 Publishing Innovation Award.
The Penguin Specials program continued to grow, with more than a hundred additional titles and multiple bestsellers
The Penguin Specials program continued to grow, with well over a hundred titles. Dutton's The 7th Month sold more than 145,000 copies and hit the New York Times bestseller list. Other bestselling Penguin Specials included What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam (Portfolio), The Scargill Cove Case Files by Jane Ann Krentz (Jove), Beauty by Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley), and Father Mine by J. R. Ward (NAL).
In December, Dutton launched a Specials series by bestselling author Timothy Keller. Titled the Encounters with Jesus series, each month a new sermon from this renowned pastor is published as a Special. Once all ten installments have been published, Encounters with Jesus will be published in print with a new introduction from Keller.
Penguin Digital Publishing expanded its line of deluxe e-books with enhanced features and saw significant growth in this area
The program continued to expand its digital offerings with more fixed-format titles, an iBooks Author title, and interactive elements. Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace, featuring more than 25 songs and video clips embedded into the book, was the group's second-bestselling deluxe e-book to date. The deluxe e-book edition of Manning Marable's Pulitzer Prize-winning Malcolm X was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as delivering "what e-books promise, especially when it comes to biography or history: a way of not just reading but also giving dimension to the material, of moving beyond words alone into the sources from which a book is built." The Malcolm X deluxe e-book includes an interactive map and more than 40 minutes of video of some of his most rousing speeches. Other deluxe e-book successes included John Taylor's In the Pleasure Groove, Dream More Deluxe from Dolly Parton, and Unconscious Scoring by Dave Stockton.
Connected to Hollywood by the Penguin Development Group
The Penguin Development Group continued to generate new opportunities for turning Penguin books into feature films, television series, and digital media productions. The Code by G. B. Joyce, a debut thriller published initially by Penguin Canada, then the inaugural title published by Pintail Books, was bought by eOne Entertainment as the basis for a television series. Philomel YA novel Ripper by Stefan Petrucha is being made into a feature film, to be produced by Mark Johnson, the producer of The Chronicles of Narnia and the television series Breaking Bad. A futuristic Roc novel Mecha Corps by Brett Patton is being turned into a movie to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle Los Angeles). And Dutton title The Paradise Prophecy by Rob Browne is being produced as a TV series by Temple Hill Entertainment, the producers behind both Revenge and the Twilight franchise.
Continued the decade-long growth in International Sales
International Sales, which sells English-language books to 105 countries, continued its steady growth.
In Asia, there was strong sales growth, particularly in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam, where Penguin doubled its account base. In Europe, Penguin's Benelux office, including France, had an extremely good sales year.
Penguin Audio won a Grammy Award and an Audie and continued its steady growth
Penguin Audio's edition of If You Ask Me by Betty White won a Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category, the second time Penguin has won this award. Penguin Audio won an Audie Award in the Humor category for William Shatner's narration of Shatner Rules. Other Penguin Audio 2012 highlights included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz earning critical acclaim and winning a Listen Up Award for his reading of his New York Times bestselling book This Is How You Lose Her. Actress Elizabeth McGovern, star of Downton Abbey, delivered a moving reading of The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty and acquired the motion picture rights to this Riverhead title. In addition, Penguin Audio acquired John le Carré's entire backlist and published 12 of his classic novels on audio.
Sparked national conversations with Nate Silver's The Signal and The Noise (The Penguin Press) and many other Penguin Group (USA) books
In addition to No Easy Day, a number of other PGI books influenced national discussions throughout 2012.
Nate Silver's The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't (The Penguin Press) was on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover bestseller list for 14 weeks and captured the attention of the nation during the run up to the US presidential election, dominating national TV and radio for much of October and November, and Silver accurately predicted the races in 49 states.
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman (The Penguin Press, which also published Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua) spent eight weeks on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list and furthered a national conversation about American parenting and many parents' deep insecurities about it.
Wherever I Wind Up by R. A. Dickey (Blue Rider Press) became a New York Times bestseller and generated extensive discussion in the national media that ramped up when Dickey earned a spot on the National League All-Star team and became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. Wherever I Wind Up was Barnes & Noble's bestselling hardcover sports book published in 2012. Dickey candidly revealed details about his childhood in his book and was featured in a cover story of the Sports Illustrated edition dedicated to the year's inspiring performers. My Quest for Truth and the Perfect Knuckleball, a young readers adaptation of Wherever I Wind Up coauthored by Sue Corbett, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers on March 26.
Life After Death by Damien Echols (Blue Rider Press) was a New York Times nonfiction bestseller for eight weeks and added to a groundswell of public support for one of the members of the West Memphis Three, convicted of the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas in 1994. Echols's media presence kept this story a topic of discussion throughout 2012.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, (Gotham Books), whose research was the subject of a TED talk in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller on the advice, how-to, and miscellaneous list.
The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by New York Times columnist/blogger Gretchen Reynolds (Hudson Street Press) touched a national nerve among the many who are striving to adopt healthy exercise regimens in today's fast-paced world. Reynolds's myth-busting take on the fitness science sparked broad national media coverage, online discussion, and personal action.
Continued successful publishing across imprints, including bestsellers and award winners from Viking, Riverhead, Blue Rider and more
- Penguin Young Readers Group also excelled in the digital sphere with Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral (Razorbill), named App of the Year by Apps Magazine, and the relaunch of the Mad Libs mobile app, which skyrocketed to #12 in the app entertainment section. Since its release, the free Mad Libs app has had more than 3.7 million downloads.
G. P. Putnam's Sons continued to lead the industry in hardcover New York Times bestsellers for the 26th year in a row, with 31 titles, including nine #1 New York Times bestsellers: Locked On and Threat Vector by Tom Clancy, The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell, Taken by Robert Crais, Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb, The Thief by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, The Storm by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, and Stolen Prey by John Sandford.
Dutton had a record-breaking year all around, including four #1 New York Times bestsellers among its 15 New York Times-bestselling titles, led by No Easy Day and Ken Follett's Winter of the World. No Easy Day and Winter of the World were #1 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction and fiction bestseller lists simultaneously. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George brought the author to #1 for the first time in hardcover. Stay Close was Harlan Coben's fifth consecutive #1 hardcover bestseller. Forty percent of Dutton's 2012 list hit the printed New York Times bestseller list and half of Dutton's list appeared on the New York Times printed and extended bestseller lists.
In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award with George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis, the Penguin Press topped year-end best-of lists and made news throughout the year. Penguin Press president and editor in chief Ann Godoff was the only editor in the industry to have two books on the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2012 List: Zadie Smith's NW, named one of the five best novels, and The Patriarch by David Nasaw, named one of the five best nonfiction books. NW was also cited as one of the best books of the year by Time, The Wall Street Journal, and Amazon. Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise captured the attention of the nation during the presidential election. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman furthered a national conversation about American parenting. In 2012, the Penguin Press also published its first book of poetry, A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver.
Berkley/NAL scored 105 New York Times bestsellers across all formats, with an industry-leading 82 mass market paperback New York Times bestsellers. Thirteen Berkley/NAL trade paperbacks hit the New York Times trade paperback fiction bestseller list, including the #1 bestsellers Reflected in You by Sylvia Day and The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts, the final book in the Innsboro trilogy. The group had 12 hardcover bestsellers, including #1 hardcover fiction bestsellers from Charlaine Harris (Deadlocked), Laurell K. Hamilton (Kiss the Dead), J. R. Ward (Lover Reborn), and Jim Butcher (Cold Days). Berkley/NAL launched two new imprints in 2012: InterMix, an e-initial line; and InkLit, an imprint dedicated to graphic novels.
Viking's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History and Viking had 13 New York Times bestsellers. Two of Viking's biggest fiction authors had New York Times bestsellers: Tana French with Broken Harbor, and Deborah Harkness with Shadow of Night, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list. Viking had an unprecedented three titles that hit the New York Times advice, how-to, and miscellaneous list: The Truth About Style by Stacy London, Celebrate by Pippa Middleton, and Mastery by Robert Greene.
Riverhead had five New York Times bestsellers, two MacArthur Genius grant recipients, and widespread national acclaim for its 2012 titles. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz; Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott; Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott; and Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson all hit the New York Times bestseller lists. Junot Díaz's This Is How You Lose Her, which garnered reviewer praise everywhere, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Díaz was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant, as was fellow Riverhead author Dinaw Mengestu.
Nine out of the 24 books published by Blue Rider Press in 2012 were national bestsellers in categories ranging from memoir to sports to investigative journalism to fiction to politics. Among Blue Rider's 2012 highlights: Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace debuted at #2 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. Cy Young Award-winning pitcher R. A. Dickey's Wherever I Wind Up was a New York Times bestseller and one of the bestselling sports books of the year. Other Blue Rider bestsellers included Life After Death by Damien Echols, It's the Middle Class, Stupid! by James Carville, and The Operators by Michael Hastings.
Portfolio had eight New York Times bestsellers in 2012. Taking People with You by David Novak was a #1 New York Times bestseller and one of the most acclaimed management books of the year. Among Portfolio's other 2012 bestsellers: Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis, about the legendary billionaire Warren Buffett; Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong by Edward Conard; Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success by Ken Segall; and How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better Looking Than Your Parents by Zac Bissonnette, Portfolio's first paperback original bestseller.
Sentinel had four New York Times bestsellers: An American Son by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, published in both English and Spanish; Mugged by Ann Coulter; Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett by Mike Huckabee, his fourth consecutive New York Times bestseller for Sentinel; and The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas by Jonah Goldberg.
Penguin Young Readers Group was a major presence on the New York Times children's bestseller lists this year with 41 bestsellers spanning all age ranges, from picture books to middle grade to young adult. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars debuted at #1 on the New York Times children's chapter books bestseller list and has remained there for more than a year. Time named The Fault in Our Stars the #1 Fiction Book of the Year (the first time a young adult novel has received this accolade) and it has also been named to numerous Best Book of the Year lists, including those from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Other Penguin Young Readers #1 New York Times-bestselling authors included Richelle Mead (The Golden Lily), Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama Time to Share), and Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones: Cirque de Ole).
Plume had five New York Times bestsellers: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams, and two Plume originals, The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomon and On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. In addition, reissues of Anne Rice's bestselling Sleeping Beauty trilogy with a new package and foreword by the author landed the series on the New York Times bestseller list three decades after initial publication.
Penguin Books had eight New York Times bestsellers and introduced a number of new editions and digital apps. Among Penguin's titles that hit the New York Times bestseller list: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller, Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. Penguin produced several new innovative apps, including the Malcolm X enhanced e-book with interactive maps, archival footage, and videos, and On the Road Deluxe edition: a new enhanced e-book tying into the Walter Salles movie release of On the Road. Penguin Classics released the first six Drop Caps editions-a design collaboration between art director Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration.
Gotham Books published its first ever New York Times-bestselling graphic title. Marbles by Ellen Forney hit the New York Times graphic books bestseller list, was named Best Graphic Book of Fall 2012 by Time magazine, and made several other publications' Best of the Year lists. Bren é Brown's Daring Greatly was a #1 New York Times bestseller. The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by R. J. Smith was named a New York Times Notable Book and Spin magazine's Book of the Year.
Perigee continued to expand author Keri Smith's platform, releasing This is Not an App, the second creativity app for iOS and Android devices based on one of Smith's books. Smith's flagship book Wreck This Journal has sold close to a million copies since it came out in 2007. Perigee also released an expanded edition of Wreck This Journal along with three special limited-edition covers, and editions in Spanish and French for the North American marketplace. Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden, a new author to Perigee, debuted at #2 on The New York Times advice, how-to, and miscellaneous bestseller list.
Hudson Street Press won a Books for a Better Life Award and continued to define itself as a prestigious and competitive nonfiction imprint The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin won a Books for a Better Life Award. The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley and The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds garnered national attention and sparked discussions.
Tarcher continued to be a leading voice in mind, body, and spirit publishing, garnering three Coalition of Visionary Resources Awards, including Best Book of the Year for The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron. Tarcher picked up six Nautilus Awards and extended the reach of bestselling brands like Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which they updated and released in six formats (hardcover, paperback, deluxe, e-book, enhanced e-book, workbook), and The Artist's Way, which was one of the brands that launched their new line of inspiration card decks.
Looking ahead to an exciting 2013 with new titles from Khaled Hosseini, Sylvia Day, Michael Pollan, Phil Jackson, Sarah Dessen, and more
Portfolio to launch as part of Companhia das Letras in Brazil, joining Portfolio imprints in the United Kingdom, India, Canada, and other commonwealth countries
In April 2013, Portfolio in Brazil will publish its first list. The inaugural title, The Click Moment by Frans Johansson, was originally published by Penguin's Portfolio imprint in the United States and the United Kingdom in 2012.
Portfolio Brazil was founded as an imprint of Companhia Das Letras. It joins other Portfolio imprints in the United Kingdom, India, Canada, and the other Commonwealth countries, all publishing a mix of their own titles and books on Portfolio's international list.
"Penguin Tracks" e-book program to grow
Penguin Tracks is a new e-Book publishing program highlighting self-contained selections from important nonfiction across Penguin by great thinkers and historians of today with the goal of introducing these authors and their works to a whole new readership. Launched last fall with The Abyss from Niall Ferguson's bestselling The War of the World and Norse Greenland: A Controlled Experiment in Collapse from Jared Diamond's bestselling Collapse, Penguin Tracks to be published in 2013 will include selections from works by Norman Davies (Vanished Kingdoms), Diarmaid MacCulloch (Christianity), and Nathaniel Philbrick (Mayflower).
Penguin's "Independent Bricks & Mortar Full-Service Bookstore Retail Partnership" launched in January
After fine-tuning elements of this program in 2012, Penguin Group (USA) began offering independent brick-and-mortar full-service bookstores a unique partnership opportunity to increase sales and profits and reduce returns for both frontlist and backlist titles in January 2013. Penguin developed the program in response to the American Booksellers Association's call for all publishers to individually identify and test new business models that recognize the importance of independent bookstores as both a sales channel and a unique—and essential—catalyst to sales in other channels as well.
Penguin titles will be made available for print on demand using the Espresso Book Machine
In January, Penguin Group (USA) joined On Demand Books' growing Espresso Book Machine (EBM) program, making its titles available through EBM's "digital-to-print at retail" sales channel.
Penguin Concierge will provide authors with greater access to information
The Penguin Concierge, expected to launch in Summer 2013, will be a private web resource for Penguin authors that will provide personalized services and information relating to their Penguin titles. The author portal will give our authors greater access to information and help streamline the efforts of the Penguin editorial, marketing, and publicity teams. Within Penguin Concierge, authors will be able to see data about their sales, their books, the corporation, marketing ideas, author advantages, and more. The portal will also offer authors the opportunity to provide information to Penguin that can be used through various marketing channels to sell more books.
Penguin Classics to launch poetry app
The Poems By Heart app from Penguin Classics is a fun way for readers to memorize their favorite poems. The universal iOS app, coming in April 2013, features 24 top poems selected by the editors of Penguin Classics. With new and exclusive art and audio for each poem, players will go through a finely tuned memorization game to rack up high scores and achievements, and finish with a full recital that can be shared online.
- KHALED HOSSEINI, And the Mountains Echoed (Riverhead, May 21)
The new novel from the #1 New York Times—bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns is about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. One of the world's most widely read and beloved authors, Hosseini's books have sold more than ten million copies in the United States alone.
- SUE GRAFTON, W Is For … (Putnam, Fall)
Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times—bestselling author, delivers the 23rd installment of her Alphabet Series featuring pioneering hardboiled private investigator Kinsey Millhone. As Kinsey digs into the mystery surrounding the death of a John Doe, a deeply layered tale emerges full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud.
- THOMAS PYNCHON, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press, September 17)
In the new novel from the incomparable Thomas Pynchon, it is 2001 in Silicon Alley, New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11. Pynchon has won the National Book Award and has received many other honors and accolades over the years.
- ELIZABETH GILBERT, The Signature of All Things (Viking, October 1)
Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, infusing her inimitable voice into a story of love, adventure, and discovery. Gilbert is the author of the #1 New York Times—bestselling Eat, Pray, Love and The Last American Man, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
- CHARLAINE HARRIS, Dead Ever After (Ace, May 7)
Charlaine Harris brings her #1 New York Times—bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series to a close with the 13th installment, Dead Ever After. An international phenomenon with more than 20 million copies sold, the Sookie Stackhouse novels are the basis for HBO's hit series True Blood.
- PATRICIA CORNWELL, Dust (Putnam, Fall)
The latest from the world's #1 bestselling crime author follows Kay Scarpetta on the hunt for the Capital Murderer, a serial killer who inexplicably has picked the mecca of Ivy League education for his new hunting ground.
- NORA ROBERTS, Whiskey Beach (Putnam, April 16)
The #1 New York Times—bestselling author of more than 200 novels weaves together passion and obsession, humor and heart, in a stand-alone novel about two people opening themselves up to the truth-and each other.
- HARLAN COBEN, Six Years (Dutton, March 19)
The new stand-alone from the #1 New York Times—bestselling author poses the provocative question: How well do you really know those around you?
- SYLVIA DAY, Entwined with You (Berkley, June 4)
Sylvia Day concludes her #1 international bestselling Crossfire Trilogy with Entwined with You. Bared to You and Reflected in You, the first two books in the series, have sold a combined six million copies and have topped bestseller lists in countries around the world, including the United States, the UK, and Germany.
- JOHN SANDFORD, Silken Prey (Putnam, May 21)
The latest Prey series novel from #1 New York Times—bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford features his beloved protagonist Lucas Davenport on the search for a Minnesota political fixer.
- JOHN LE CARR É,
A Delicate Truth (Viking, May 7)
The 23rd novel from the internationally bestselling author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold featuring a counter-terrorist operation.
- MARY OLIVER, Dog Songs (The Penguin Press, October 8)
Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, dog poems offer a special window into Mary Oliver's universe. Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet presents a collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched her world.
- J. M. COETZEE, The Childhood of Jesus (Viking, April 23)
Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M Coetzee returns with a profound, beautiful, and continually surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classics, Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life and Times of Michael K, and Disgrace.
- CHANG-RAE LEE, Beyond the Gates (Riverhead, Fall)
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize, and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Change-Rae Lee has written one of this fall's most anticipated novels. Creating a dystopia that casts illuminating light on our own world, Beyond the Gates explores a labor settlement in the mostly abandoned city of Baltimore, and one girl's quest to find her boyfriend, which will cause her to question everything she knows about the world she lives in.
- MICHAEL POLLAN, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (The Penguin Press, April 23)
Our most trusted food expert and the author of six New York Times bestsellers including Food Rules and The Omnivore's Dilemma, now explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. In Cooked, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements-fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.
- PHIL JACKSON with Hugh Delehanty, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success (The Penguin Press, May 21)
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, legendary coach Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Eleven Rings is his memoir of his eleven NBA championships, with candid insights into the alchemy of leadership.
- NATHANIEL PHILBRICK, Bunker Hill (Viking, May 7)
The National Book Award—winning author of In the Heart of the Sea and bestselling author of Mayflower gives a visceral account of the battle that ignited the American Revolution.
- A. SCOTT BERG, Wilson (G. P. Putnam's Sons, September 10)
After more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize—winning biographer A. Scott Berg's long-awaited life story of Woodrow Wilson coincides with the 100th anniversary of Wilson's inauguration as the 28th US president. It is not only a magisterial biography, filled with fresh insight and revealing detail, but a deeply emotional exploration of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and human failings. This is not just Wilson the icon—but Wilson the man.
- ALAN GREENSPAN, The Map and the Territory (The Penguin Press, September 22)
A master class in the alchemy of economic decision-making, The Map and the Territory is nothing less than an effort to update our forecasting conceptual grid using 21st-century technologies. It integrates the history of economic prediction, the new work of behavioral economists, and the fruits of Greenspan's own remarkable career to offer a thrillingly lucid and empirically based grounding in what we can know about economic forecasting and what we can't.
- ERIC SCHLOSSER, Command and Control (The Penguin Press, November 17)
Renowned bestselling author and investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, who has received a number of journalistic honors, including a National Magazine Award, delivers a myth-shattering expos é of America's nuclear weapons program.
- MARK HALPERIN AND JOHN HEILEMANN, Double Down (The Penguin Press, November 5)
From the authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Game Change, Double Down is an explosive account of the 2012 presidential election, pulling back the curtain to reveal the exhilarating, news-breaking story behind the headlines for the first time.
- DAVID LETTERMAN, BRUCE McCALL, This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me) (Blue Rider Press, November 5)
From late-night legend David Letterman and New Yorker writer and artist Bruce McCall, this is a hilarious illustrated parody of the absurdly extravagant lifestyles, impossibly glamorous escapes, and pet projects of our proud nation's one percenters.
- TIMOTHY KELLER, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (Dutton, October 1)
From New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, the definitive Christian book on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them. This new book is based upon Keller's sermons on the question of pain and suffering, and why it has such a prominent role in our world.
- NICK OFFERMAN, Paddle Your Own Canoe: Nick Offerman's Fundamentals for Delicious Living (Dutton, October 22)
Nick Offerman, who stars in NBC's hit TV series Parks and Recreation, presents a mix of humorous stories from his life, from fun-filled humor pieces like his "ode to bratwurst" and how to grow a quality moustache, to opinionated essays about the state of modern manhood, including how to reconnect with nature and, of course, build your own canoe.
- MATTHEW BERRY, Fantasy Life: The Hilarious, Obsessive, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It (Riverhead, July 16)
Both hilarious and heartwarming, Fantasy Life gives an insider look at the world of fantasy sports from the most recognizable and respected name in the industry: Matthew Berry, ESPN's senior fantasy analyst and a "fantasy savant" (The New York Times).
- DANIEL JAMES BROWN, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Viking, June 4)
Set in the depths of the Great Depression, The Boys in the Boat is the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at the 1936 Olympics.
Young Readers Books
- JOHN GRISHAM, Theodore Boone: The Activist (Dutton Juvenile, May 21)
The newest adventure in the #1 New York Time—bestselling Theodore Boone children's series, about a 13-year-old amateur attorney.
- SARAH DESSEN, The Moon and More (Viking Juvenile, June 4)
In her 11th novel, Dessen returns to Colby, the beach town that is the setting for some of her best-loved books, in a story of summer love, self-discovery, striking out to new horizons, and saying good-bye.
- RICK YANCEY, The 5th Wave (Putnam Books for Young Readers, May 7)
Written by acclaimed, award-winning author Rick Yancey, this is the first novel in a gripping new series about an alien invasion that destroys civilization and a girl named Cassie who may be the last human on earth.
- LOREN LONG, Otis and the Puppy (Philomel, March 12)
#1 New York Times—bestselling author and illustrator Loren Long will charm readers once again with the third book in the bestselling Otis picture book series.
- MAILE MELOY, The Apprentices (Putnam Books for Young Readers, June 4)
The follow-up to Meloy's critically acclaimed 2011 novel, The Apothecary, which won a 2012 Indies Choice Award.
- RUTA SEPETYS, Out of the Easy (Philomel, February 12)
From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed novel Between Shades of Gray comes an absorbing new book set in New Orleans. The story revolves around Josie Moraine, the 17-year-old daughter of a brothel prostitute who wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer and dreams of going to college.
- Illustrated by OLIVER JEFFERS and written by DREW DAYWALT, The Days the Crayons Quit (Philomel, July 2)
From award-winning and New York Times—bestselling author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers comes a picture book that proves that crayons have feelings, too.
- ANNA DEWDNEY, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat (Viking, September 3)
In this newest addition to the #1 New York Times—bestselling Llama Llama series, Llama Llama comes face to face with the classroom bully…and figures out how to stand up for himself and for his friends.
- HARLAN COBEN, Untitled Mickey Bolitar #3 (Putnam Books for Young Readers, September 3)
The third book in the New York Times—bestselling Mickey Bolitar series.
- GIADA DE LAURENTIS, Recipe for Adventure (Grosset & Dunlap; September 3)
From the bestselling cookbook author and TV personality comes a new middle-grade series that magically transports two characters to food cities around the world.
- MIKE LUPICA, QB1 (Philomel, September 17)
Sports writer and New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica, inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks, sets this coming-of-age story amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights.
- ERIC CARLE, Friends (Philomel, November 19)
From the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this new picture book explores the love that binds people and the obstacles they will overcome in order to be together
- RICHELLE MEAD, Fiery Heart (Razorbill, November 19)
The author of the #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is back with her next installment in the Bloodlines series; within it is a breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget.
- ANTHONY HOROWITZ, Russian Roulette (Philomel, October 1)
The 10th and final thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series tells the backstory of how Alex's father came to mentor the young man who would turn out to be the world's most dangerous assassin
- D. J. MACHALE, SYLO (Razorbill, July 2)
In this new sci-fi action adventure from #1 New York Times—bestselling author D. J. MacHale, an island off the coast of Maine is invaded by a special branch of the US military after its inhabitants are infected by a dangerous virus.
- MARIE LU, Champion (Putnam Books for Young Readers, November 5)
In the final book in her New York Times—bestselling Legend trilogy, Marie Lu has written a new, fast-paced dystopian novel. Central characters Day and June are on the brink of a new existence—a country at peace—when a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies.
Penguin Group (USA) 2012 Awards Summary
- Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking) won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History.
- George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press) won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
- George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
- George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press) received the American History Book Prize from the New-York Historical Society.
- Penguin author Mo Yan (Red Sorghum) received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel) won the 2012 Indies Choice Award for Book of the Year, Young Adult.
- Betty White won the Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category for her reading of the Penguin Audio edition of her book If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won't) .
- The Returning by Christine Hinwood (Dial) received a Printz Honor for Excellence in Literature Written for Young Adults.
- The Wealth Cure by Hill Harper (Gotham Books) won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work&mdah;Nonfiction.
- Riverhead authors Junot Díaz and Dinaw Mengestu were named MacArthur Fellows and awarded "genius grants" by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
- Bent Road by Lori Roy (Dutton) won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
- You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam) won the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction.
- The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris (Ace) received the Anthony Award for Best Nonfiction and the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Related Nonfiction at the Bouchercon Convention.
- Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead) won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction.
- Thinking the 20th Century by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder (The Penguin Press) won the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2012 Award in Literature.
- The Invisible Line by Daniel Sharfstein (The Penguin Press) won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.
- The Atlas Shrugged app, based on the classic novel by Ayn Rand, won Digital Book World's 2012 Publishing Innovation Award.
- Plastic Ocean by Captain Charles Moore (Avery), won a 2012 Nautilus Gold Award in the Conscious Media, Journalism, and Investigative Reporting category.
- Penguin Threads artist Jillian Tamaki received a Gold Medal for her illustrations for the Penguin Threads cover of Black Beauty from the Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial category for their Illustrators 54 competition.
- Paul Buckley, Vice President, Executive Creative Director for Viking/Penguin, received a Gold Medal for Art Direction for the Penguin Threads cover of Black Beauty from the Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial category for their Illustrators 54 competition.
- Retirement Heist by Ellen Schultz (Portfolio) won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
- The Quest by Daniel Yergin (The Penguin Press) won the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award in the General Business category.
- Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll (The Penguin Press) won the 2012 Goldman Sachs Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.
- Putnam/NAL author Frederick Forsyth won the Diamond Dagger Award, presented by the Crime Writers' Association, given to an author whose body of work is marked by sustained excellence and has made a significant contribution to crime fiction published in the English language.
- Putnam/Signet author Sara Paretsky was awarded the 2012 Harold Washington Literary Award, which recognizes diverse and stimulating authors who address issues of contemporary life.
- Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn (Riverhead), was selected as one of the National Book Foundation's 2012 5 Under 35 honorees.
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Viking/Penguin) was named NAIBA Book of the Year.
- Penguin Audio won an Audie Award in the Humor category for William Shatner's narration of Shatner Rules.
- Close to Famous by Joan Bauer (Viking Juvenile) won a Schneider Family Book Award, which recognizes books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience.
- The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron (Tarcher/Penguin) won Best Book of the Year at the COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) Awards, the most prestigious honors for New Age publishing.
- Penguin won three Books for a Better Life Awards:
- The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin (Hudson Street Press/Plume) in the Wellness category.
- Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times by Clark Howard with Mark Meltzer and Theo Thimou (Avery) in the Personal Finance category.
- Holy Ghost Girl by Donna M. Johnson (Gotham Books) in the Spiritual category.
- Penguin won four New York Book Show awards, which celebrate excellence in book production and design:
- A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la Peña (Dial) received first place in the Children's Trade, Hardcover Picture Nonfiction Book category.
- Spin by Ido Vaginsky (Price Stern Sloan) received first place in the Novelty category.
- Being Wendy by Fran Drescher (Grosset & Dunlap) received third place in the Picture Book Fiction category.
- The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse (Putnam/Berkley) received third place in the Fiction category.
Penguin UK had a standout year publishing a record 90 Bookscan bestsellers. Highlights included Sylvia Day's Bared to You, which sold almost one million copies; Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals, which was the biggest-selling nonfiction book of the year and his third successive Christmas #1; Clare Balding's My Animals and Other Family, which won Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards; and Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, which was in the top ten bestseller list for 30 weeks. 2012 also saw the launch of a dedicated global licensing and consumer products team focused on new partnerships for licensed merchandise and Penguin Ventures focused on exploring new IP opportunities in children's publishing. It also set up a consumer insight hub and rolled out a program of brand and direct-to-consumer initiatives including Penguin Live, a series of live author experiences and events, designed to amplify its world-famous brand and develop a closer relationship with consumers.
DK had another excellent year, growing its market share in all its major territories, with children's a particular area of strength. Publishing highlights included LEGO® with five titles hitting The New York Times bestseller list, including two #1 bestsellers: LEGO® Ninjago Encyclopedia (seven weeks at #1) and The LEGO® Ideas Book (33 weeks on the list). DK UK had a #1 with Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook, which has now sold in excess of a million copies worldwide. BradyGames had bestsellers with Borderlands 2, Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Demonstrating how DK works hand in hand with its publishing partners, DK helped LucasFilm launch the first ever Star Wars™ Reads Day in October, organizing over 1,200 reading events across the US.
Penguin Canada increased its market share in the fourth quarter and published 81 top ten Globe and Mail bestsellers (72 in 2011) ending the year with 10 of the top 50 titles in the country, including the #1 nonfiction title Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young. 419 by Will Ferguson was named winner of the country's most prestigious literary prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Penguin was named Publisher of the Year at the 2012 CBA Libris Awards.
Penguin Australia gained market share in the fourth quarter, finishing the year with #1 titles in fiction with Bryce Courtenay, nonfiction with Jamie Oliver and Children's with Jeff Kinney. Penguin also led the children's market, holding the #1 slot on the bestseller charts for 17 weeks of the year with titles from Jeff Kinney, Rick Riordan and Eoin Colfer. It made huge strides in its digital journey making eBooks available locally for the first time and launching eSpecials and Destiny Romance, a digital-first romance list.
Penguin India, the region's market leader by a considerable margin, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. It was also the year when it launched its local eBook program and enjoyed considerable success in commercial fiction with bestselling authors including Ravinder Singh and Shobhaa De. Katherine Boo's book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won the National Book Award in the US.
Penguin China expanded its local publishing programs in both Chinese and English with more than 100 titles now available, including its first local language top ten tennis player Li Na's autobiography, and launched its first list of eBooks.
Penguin's international sales grew in the first half driven, in part, by a strong performance in India where Penguin is the clear market leader. Key titles included Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma and Ravinder Singh's Can Love Happen Twice?, both of which were number one bestsellers. In January 2012, Penguin acquired 45% of Companhia das Letras, a leading trade book publisher in Brazil.