For the eighth consecutive year, orders for Penguin Random House physical titles received from independent booksellers by 3:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday will ship, weather and transport conditions permitting, from its Westminster, Maryland, and Crawfordsville, Indiana, operations centers for arrival at booksellers’ doors within two days. Both centers have weekend shifts on duty to expedite Monday arrivals for orders received Friday and Saturday.
The 2019–2020 initiative, announced by Penguin Random House President of U.S. Sales Jaci Updike, commenced in September rather than October this year and runs through March 2, 2020.
The program encompasses every frontlist and backlist title from the imprints of the Knopf Doubleday, Penguin Publishing Groups, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Young Readers, Penguin Random House Audio divisions, and DK Publishing — as well as all the clients of Penguin Random House Publisher Services.
“Accounts tell us this program has become a crucial ingredient for a profitable season,” said Updike. “We have a terrific fall lineup, and we want booksellers to be able to spend more time marketing and hand-selling our frontlist and backlist titles, and less time online and on the phone worrying when their reorders will arrive. We’re thrilled to be able to expand the program this year, and give indies additional support at this all-important time of year for all of us.”