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Random House and Penguin publishers may merge

Random House and Penguin publishers may merge

John Grisham and Tom Clancy in the same house? It’s possible, if newly confirmed merger talks between the publishers of the mega-authors are confirmed.

Pearson, which owns Clancy publisher Penguin Group, issued a statement Thursday saying that it is discussing “a possible combination” with Bertelsmann, the parent company of Grisham publisher Random House.

Bertelsmann, based in Germany, also runs a radio and television empire in Europe and controls the continent’s top magazine publisher. Other authors published by...