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.

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HBG Update on Environmental Progress for 2016

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is dedicated to protecting the environment and to the responsible use of natural resources. We are committed to publishing this annual report on our progress toward the goals laid out in our environmental policy.

To view HBG's environmental policy for 2017-2020 please visit our Corporate Social Responsibility page.

Reducing Climate Impacts
HBG pledged to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions linked to publishing operations by an average of 5% annually through 2015, for a cumulative 50% reduction in the six years since we established our policy. We achieved this 50% goal last year, and will continue to optimize wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint, with an annual reduction goal of 2.5% for the 2017–2020 period. We will share 2016 carbon footprint results when those figures are available in March 2017.

Increasing Certified and Recycled Fiber
We achieved our goal to have 90% of the company’s paper be FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) by the end of 2015. Through October 2016, our FSC usage was 88.8% (a 3% improvement over prior year). HBG’s SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) usage was 11% (down 3% from prior year). Combining FSC and SFI, 99.9% of HBG’s overall paper usage in 2016 came from certified fiber, on par with last year.

We have an aggressive target for recycled fiber, with a goal of increasing recycled fiber to 20% of our overall paper use by 2016, from a 3% benchmark in 2008. To date, HBG’s recycled fiber was 8.9% of our overall paper usage, a slight decrease over the prior year. Despite serious challenges with sourcing of recycled fiber, including scarcity, low quality, and high cost, we continue to push for improvements in recycled usage.

Fiber Testing
HBG began fiber testing in the second half of 2016. We will continue to test semiannually and will share results in our annual environmental reporting.

Protecting Endangered Forests
Our goal in this area is to continue HBG’s diligent oversight of our supply chain to ensure that we avoid using any controversial sources of paper fiber, and require our paper to be free of unacceptable sources as defined by FSC’s controlled wood standard. We regularly discuss paper sourcing with our suppliers and remind them of their strict adherence to HBG’s paper and environmental standards.

Monitoring and Reporting
HBG’s environmental initiatives span many different areas, including paper sourcing, office recycling, energy usage, product transportation, and packaging. We are guided by our industry‐leading environmental policy, and our commitment to communicating consistently about our progress on our green goals.


Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch said, “We made encouraging progress against our environmental targets in 2016, and we also began fiber testing this year to ensure that our supply chain is adhering to HBG’s green policy.  Our new goals for 2017-2020 will keep us focused on continued improvement, with particular emphasis on production, paper sourcing, and energy efficiency in our facilities. HBG’s green efforts have dovetailed nicely with those of our parent company Hachette Livre, which holds social and environmental responsibility as one of its core values."  

Dec. 20, 2016

National Parenting Publications Awards Announce Audiobook Winners

New York, NY – November 30, 2016 Eleven audiobooks published by Hachette Audio have been recognized for excellence by the National Parenting Publications Awards in 2016. These audio editions are adapted from books available in print and ebook formats from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers & JIMMY Patterson Books—Sherman Alexie, Cressida Cowell, James Patterson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes are among the honored Hachette Audio authors.    

Dec. 2, 2016

Hachette Audio and Booktrack Launch New Generation of Audiobooks

 

 

NEWYORK,NY(September22,2016)HachetteAudio,adivisionofHachetteBook Group,andliterarytechnologypioneerBooktracklauncha new generationof audiobookswithanindustry-firstpartnership,bringingfull soundtracksto youngadultnovellas.ThiscollaborationoffersYAlistenersan innovativenewwayto experience  their  favorite  stories  through  immersive,  synchronized  movie-style soundtrackscomplementingthenarrationofexistingaudiobooks;thetempoandrhythm of thescoreharmonizewithaction,dialogueandthecharactersemotionalarcs.Popular novellasbybestsellingYAauthorsincluding  LainiTaylor,KamiGarciaandMargaret Stohlat launchwillbemadeavailableonHachettesBooktrackpage beginningOctober4,withnewreleasestocome.

Sept. 28, 2016