Company History

Hachette Book Group was created when Hachette Livre, a global publishing company based in France, acquired Time Warner Book Group from Time Warner in 2006. Hachette Livre is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lagardère, a company that is active worldwide in the areas of communications and media (books, press, audiovisual and distribution/retailing of cultural products).

HBG’s long history dates back to 1837 and it continues to evolve and grow today:

1837
Little, Brown and Company is founded.

1968
Time Inc. acquires Little, Brown & Co.

1970
Warner Communications acquires the Paperback Library and launches Warner Books.

1992
Little, Brown and Company acquires Macdonald & Co., renames it Little, Brown and Company (UK), and later Time Warner Book Group UK.

1996
Little, Brown and Company and Warner Books merge to become Time Warner Trade Publishing, later to be renamed Time Warner Book Group (TWBG).

2001
Warner Faith, a Christian/inspirational imprint, is launched.

2004
Center Street, a heartland-focused imprint, is launched.

2005
5 Spot, an imprint of Warner Books publishing chick-lit that is smart, fun, and filled with attitude, is launched.

LB Kids, an imprint of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is launched.

2006
TWBG is acquired by Hachette Livre and renamed Hachette Book Group USA. Warner Faith is renamed FaithWords. Time Warner Audio Books is renamed Hachette Audio.

Warner Wellness, an imprint of Warner Books focused on the healing and improvement of mind, body, and spirit, is launched.  

Springboard Press, a baby boomer generation targeted imprint, is launched.

2007
Warner Books is renamed Grand Central Publishing. Warner Wellness is renamed Wellness Central. Warner Business Books is renamed Business Plus.

Yen Press, a graphic novel and manga imprint, is launched.

Orbit, a science fiction and fantasy imprint, is launched.

TWELVE, a new imprint of GCP, is launched.

Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and home to the Gossip Girl an other teen fiction series, is launched.

2008
The company is renamed Hachette Book Group (dropping the USA) and adopts a new corporate logo.

Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., is established as a subsidiary company to market titles to national accounts in Canada (starting in January 2009). An office in Toronto is opened in September 2008.

The Orbit Division is formed at HBG, comprised of two imprints: the Orbit science fiction and Fantasy imprint and the Yen Press graphic novel and mange imprint. Tim Holman is named VP, Publisher.

Reagan Arthur Books is created as a new editorial imprint of Little, Brown and Company. The first list will appear in the Fall 2009 season.

2009
HBG announced the launch of a formal Environmental Policy in November, one of the strongest and most progressive of any U.S. book publisher, committing the company to dramatically increasing the use of recycled fiber, ending the use of paper that may impact endangered forests, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and a wide range of other initiatives.

HBG launches the Hachette Speakers Bureau (HSB), in association with Greater Talent Network, a leader in the lecture industry (http://www.hachettespeakersbureau.com/).

Little, Brown and Company announces the creation of a new imprint devoted to suspense, thrillers and crime fiction of all kinds. The imprint, later named Mulholland Books, will begin publishing titles in the Spring of 2011.

2010
HBG adopts the Agency Model of sales: as of April 1, 2010, all eBook titles published by HBG will be sold directly to consumers by means of third party agents.

Grand Central Publishing announces the creation of a new practical nonfiction imprint, Grand Central Life & Style, combining and closing two existing imprints, Springboard Press and Wellness Central, which will launch in the Fall 2010 season. Orbit announces a digital-only short fiction publishing program launching later this year.

2011 
The Hachette Nashville division announces the creation of a new imprint, Jericho Books -- a progressive, non-traditional faith-based imprint, to begin publishing in the summer of 2012.

2012 
Grand Central Publishing announces the launch of Forever Yours, a new digital-only romance imprint, to begin publishing in February 2012.

Orbit announces the creation of Redhook, a new commercial fiction imprint which will publish across a range of genres, and in all formats (including digital-only) launching in April 2013.

2013
Michael Pietsch becomes CEO of Hachette Book Group; David Young becomes Chairman (stepping down as CEO, and moving to other roles within Hachette Livre).


HBG purchases adult trade publishing imprint, Hyperion, from The Walt Disney Company (deal closes 7/16/2013).


2014
HBG acquired publishing company Black Dog & Leventhal, and it becomes an imprint under the Hachette Books division (deal closes 12/31/2014).

A new publishing division called Hachette Books is established on the foundation of the Hyperion list.

Little Brown and Company announces the creation of a new imprint, Lee Boudreaux Books, which will start publishing in 2015.

2015
James Patterson launches a new children's book imprint, jimmy patterson, with the goal of turning kids into lifelong readers. The new jimmy imprint is housed under the Little, Brown and Company division.

Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, announces the creation of a new imprint called goop press, an extension of the lifestyle brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, to begin publishing in April 2016.

2016
HBG acquires The Perseus Books Group, which becomes the Perseus Books division (deal closes 4/1/2016). Perseus adds five main imprints: Avalon Travel, Basic Books, Da Capo Press, PublicAffairs, and Running Press, as well as offices in Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; and Philadelphia, PA.

James Patterson launches the BookShots imprint, with the goal of publishing short reads that can be read on on any device. The imprint is housed under the Little, Brown and Company division.

The Yen Press imprint becomes a joint publishing venture, with Japanese company Kadokawa owning a majority share. 

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#1 NYT Bestselling Author Jamie McGuire Signs Three-Book Deal with Forever

New York, NY - August 9, 2017

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group has acquired the world rights from Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency to a new trilogy by Jamie McGuire, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling BEAUTIFUL and MADDOX BROTHERS romance series.  At GCP, Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director for Forever, acquired world rights and will edit the series.  

In North America, the CRASH AND BURN series will be published as simultaneous trade paperback, e-book, and audio editions with the first book releasing in Fall 2018.  A mass-market edition will follow in 2019.   

The CRASH AND BURN trilogy follows the Alpine Hotshots, a diverse group of elite wildfire firefighters who work in the most remote mountains of the U.S., pushed beyond their limits, unafraid to die if not for losing those they love.  

Aug. 9, 2017

Weinstein Books to Publish Three New Books by Morning Joe Co-Host and NYT Bestselling Author Mika Brzezinski

NEW YORK, NY – July 20, 2017

Weinstein Books, in partnership with Hachette Book Group, is thrilled to announce a three-book publishing deal with New York Times bestselling author and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski. World rights were acquired by Amanda Murray, Editorial Director of Weinstein Books.

A revised and expanded edition of Brzezinski’s New York Times bestselling title Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth will release in Spring 2018. The book features advice from such major female voices as Sheryl Sandberg, Elizabeth Warren, Valerie Jarrett, Joy Behar and many others, and will be updated throughout with new statistics, fresh interviews, and thoughtful commentary about the importance of knowing your value in personal relationships. The book inspired Know Your Value, a digital media platform and conference event series dedicated to empowering high-potential women to get the most out of their professional and personal lives. Know Your Value comes to NYC for a full-day event on October 30th.

 

July 21, 2017

Chef and Actor David Burtka's LIFE IS A PARTY Acquired by Grand Central Life & Style

New York, NY—July 13, 2017  

Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, is excited to announce the acquisition of a debut entertaining  and cookbook—LIFE IS A PARTY—by chef and actor David Burtka. Grand Central Life & Style’s Karen Murgolo, VP Editorial Director, and Morgan Hedden, Assistant Editor, acquired world rights from Laura Nolan of Aevitas. The book is tentatively scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2019.  

Chef, caterer, and award-winning Broadway and TV actor David Burtka believes that a great party is all about great food and warm hospitality. In his debut book, LIFE IS A PARTY, David will share all of his insider knowledge to help readers create amazing and unforgettable parties and gatherings no matter what the occasion. Each chapter, divided by season, will feature delicious and easy to prepare recipes based on comfort food favorites with a fun and inspired twist – from barbecued ribs and funnel cakes to caviar and chive cream puffs and butter-roasted lobster tails. David will suggest endless ways to mix and match these dishes to suit every entertaining possibility, while offering simple-to-stunning decorating tips, countdown to party techniques, and delegating tactics to make every party a success. LIFE IS A PARTY will be the go-to book for entertaining at every level with ease and grace. 

July 13, 2017