is the second largest trade book publisher
in the world, behind Random House
. It is owned by Pearson PLC
. Its United States arm is Penguin Group (USA)
; its British division is Penguin Books
, the Australian division is Penguin Group (Australia)
, and there is also a Penguin Group (Canada)
Penguin Group (USA) was formed in 1936 as a result of the merger between Penguin Books USA and the Putnam Berkley Group.
The company uses many imprints, many of which used to be independent publishers.