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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Four HBG Titles Finalists for the Southern Book Prize

Four HBG titles are finalists for the Southern Book Prize:

  • Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland Books) in the Thriller Category
  • Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard (Little, Brown and Company) in Cooking
  • Truevine by Beth Macy (Little, Brown and Company) in Creative Nonfiction
  • The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stuart (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) in the Juvenile Category

Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories–including seven different fiction and three nonfiction categories. Finalists were chosen by Southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4.

April 20, 2017

Grand Central Publishing Acquires First Book by Comic Writer-Performer Rachel Bloom

New York, NY - April 13, 2017   Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition of an as-yet untitled book by acclaimed comedian, actress, writer and singer Rachel Bloom. Suzanne O’Neill, VP, Executive Editor at GCP acquired world rights from co-agents Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment and Marc Gerald of United Talent Agency (UTA). The book is tentatively scheduled for publication in hardcover print, e-book and audio editions in the Spring of 2019.

April 13, 2017

Little, Brown's Ayad Akhtar and Luis Alberto Urrea win Academy of Arts and Letters Award

New York, April 6, 2017 – The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of 19 writers who will receive the 2017 awards in literature, which will be presented in New York City at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Little, Brown and Company's Ayad Aktar and Luis Alberto Urrea are among eight writers to be honored with a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Literature for exceptional accomplishment in literature in any genre. The other winners include Paul Beatty, Chris Bachelder, Kathleen Graber, Jennifer Haigh, Dominique Morisseau, and Richard Sieburth.

The literature prizes, totaling $265,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.  The Academy’s 250 members propose candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners.  This year’s award committee members were John Guare (chairman), Thomas McGuane, Anne Tyler, Rosanna Warren, and Joy Williams.

Work by the winners will be featured in the 2017 Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, which will be on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace from May 18 to June 11.

 

April 6, 2017