What are cookies?

A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website you visit. It helps the website remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. That can make your next visit easier and the site more useful to you.

 

Cookies cannot harm your computer. They play an important role in helping us understand how to improve the website to suit your needs. Without them, using the web would be a much more frustrating experience.

We use cookies on this site to enable certain parts of the site to function and to collect information about your use of the site so that we can improve our visitors’ experience and show more relevant content and advertising.

 

This policy applies to all Penguin Random House websites, including penguin.co.uk, DeadGoodBooks.co.uk and TheHappyFoodie.co.uk.

 

Which cookies do we use on our sites and why?

The list below sets out the main cookies that we use on this site and what we use them for.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Strictly necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. These cookies make  the website work and deliver services that you’d expect, like navigating around web pages or accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, the website cannot function properly.

If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.

 

On some of our websites, we use cookies to enable users on our site to browse and purchase titles. These help perform essential functionality such as remembering what items you have added to your shopping cart, keeping you logged in to your shopping account or remembering your order number.

 

When you submit data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

 

You may disable these by changing your browser settings (see here for how to manage cookies), but this may affect how the website functions.

 

The list below sets out the main cookies that we use on our sites and what we use them for in the Strictly Necessary category.

 

Pingdom

Pingdom is a site-monitoring tool that alerts us to any technical issues on the website. We also track page load speeds so we can help us make improvements.

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Site-specific cookies

These cookies allow the site to function as a user expects it to, displaying content in the  correct way and creating an optimised user experience.

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Shopify

Enables the users to make purchases on the Penguin Shop.

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VWO

This cookie calculates unique traffic on site.

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Facebook Connect

These cookies allow users to use their Facebook ID as a single sign-on to interact with our Site and to cross-post to their Facebook profiles.

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New Relic

 

These cookies help us track the speed, availability and performance of the website.

 

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Preferences & Features Cookies

These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make, such as your language preferences and any customisations you make to pages on our website during your visit. These cookies can also assist you in changing text size, font, and other parts of web pages that you can personalise. For example, by remembering your region, we may be able to provide you news on events taking place locally.

 

From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.

 

Users are also able to share posts on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin by clicking on the share icons below each story. No cookies are set in this process, and we have no access to any information relating to any of your accounts. If you wish to understand this functionality, please refer to the privacy policies of the relevant networking site, for example:

https://twitter.com/en/privacy

https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

https://policy.pinterest.com/en-gb/privacy-policy

https://www.instagram.com/about/legal/terms/api/

https://www.youtube.com/intl/en-GB/about/policies/#community-guidelines

 

You are able to turn the below cookies on and off at any time via the side panel. If you choose to turn off these cookies, loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less functional but should not prevent it from working.

 

The list below sets out the main cookies that we use on our sites and what we use them for in the Preferences and Features category.

 

Gravatar

This cookie allows visitors to create avatars when signed into a Penguin Random House website.

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AddThis

This cookie allows users to share content on their social media channels.

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Adobe Test & Target

This cookie allows us to test new features on the website, whilst ensuring a continuous experience for the user.

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Searchanise

These cookies track a user's interaction with Penguin Shop products, so that the website can show you relevant products.

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Shopify

This cookie determines a user’s preferred country on the Penguin Shop website.

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Analytics Cookies

Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. These cookies may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. These cookies collect information without personally identifying you.

 

From time to time we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages.

 

You are able to turn the below cookies on and off at any time via the side panel. Turning off these cookies should not prevent the website from working.

 

The list below sets out the main cookies that we use on our sites and what we use them for in the Analytics category.

 

Google Analytics -  Tag Manager

These cookies collect information about how visitors use our websites, for example how many visitors came to our website and when, what browsers visitors use and how long visitors stay on the site. This data does not contain any information that is personal to you.

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Adobe Analytics (Omniture)

These cookies collect information about how visitors use our websites, for example how many visitors came to our website and when, what browsers visitors use and how long visitors stay on the site. This data does not contain any information that is personal to you.

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Hotjar

Hotjar helps us better understand our users’ experiences (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click). Hotjar uses cookies to collect data on our users’ behaviour and their devices. This data does not contain any information that is personal to you.

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Adobe Audience Manager

Audience Manager sets this cookie to assign a unique ID to a site visitor in order to perform basic functions such as visitor identification.

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Adobe Dynamic Tag Manager

Adobe Dynamic Tag Manager is a tag management system created by Adobe to manage JavaScript and HTML tags used for tracking and analytics on websites.

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Shopify Analytics

This cookie allows us to collect aggregated and anonymised information on purchases made through our third-party provider.

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Affectv

We use Affectv to help us understand the users that visit our websites.

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Wordpress Stats

These cookies collected aggregated and anonymised information on the number of users visiting a website.

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Targeting and Advertising Cookies

These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you and your interests, both when you are on our websites, and also when you are browsing others’ sites, as well as to measure the performance of such ads.

 

We use these technologies to learn whether content has been shown to you or whether someone who was presented with an ad later came back and took an action (e.g. made a purchase) on another site. Similarly, our partners or service providers may use these technologies to determine whether we’ve shown an ad or a post and how it performed or provide us with information about how you interact with ads.

 

We may also work with our customers and partners to show you an ad from one of our partners, such as after you’ve visited a customer’s or partner’s site or application. These technologies help us to provide aggregated information to our customers and partners.

 

You are able to turn the below cookies on and off at any time via the side panel. Turning off these cookies should not prevent the website from working.

 

The list below sets out the main cookies that we use on our sites and what we use them for in the Targeting and Advertising category.

 

Google Ad Manager

These cookies allow us to deliver ads that are relevant to you.

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Facebook Custom Audience

This is a set of cookies that tracks your interactions with our Site, to provide you with personalised advertising on Facebook.

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Google Ads

These cookies are set when you click a Google Ad and are directed to our website. They help us understand the reach of our website.

 

These cookies expire in 30 days and there is no way that it can identify you personally. Please refer to Google Advertising Privacy Notice for more information and ability to opt out.

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Twitter Advertising

We use this cookie to display relevant advertising to users on Twitter.

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Twitter Syndication

We use this cookie to display relevant advertising to users on Twitter.

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Pinterest

This cookie allows us to share our content on Pinterest.

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Shopify

These cookies track interaction with the Penguin shop for marketing purposes.

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Everesttech

These cookies allow us to synch users with the Adobe Advertising Cloud.

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Facebook Pixel

This cookie enables us to measure, optimize and build audiences for advertising campaigns served on Facebook.

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How to manage cookies

If you want to restrict, block or disable cookies, you can do via the side panel. To open the cookie panel, just click on the cookie settings tab at the bottom right of your screen.

 

If you wish to restrict, block or disable any Necessary cookies, you can do so by changing your browser settings. If you would like more specific information about how to change your browser settings, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org, which has detailed information for each browser as well as more information about cookies in general.

 

Please be aware that if cookies are disabled certain features of the site will not function as intended and this may affect your user experience.