Hachette Book Group USA

Hachette Book Group USA
Hachette Book Group
Type Subsidiary
Industry Publishing
Founded 2006
Headquarters New York City, New York,
United States
Parent Hachette Livre
Divisions Little, Brown and Company
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hachette Digital Media
Subsidiaries Grand Central Publishing
Website HachetteBookGroup.com

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a publishing company owned by Hachette Livre, the largest publishing company in France, and the second largest publisher in the world. Hachette Livre is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère Group. HBG was formed when Hachette Livre purchased the Time Warner Book Group from Time Warner on March 31, 2006.[1] Its headquarters are in 237 Park Avenue, Midtown Manhattan, New York City.[2][3]



The earliest publisher to eventually become part of the Hachette Book Group was Little, Brown and Company, founded in 1837, acquired by Time Inc. in 1968.[citation needed]
Warner Communications had acquired the Paperback Library in 1970 to form Warner Books.[4] In 1982, CBS Publications sold off Popular Library to Warner.[5] In April 1985, Warner Books relaunched Popular Library starting out with five other books plus the reprint of Question of Upbringing continuing each month with the follow volumes from A Dance to the Music of Time series by Anthony Powell. Additional, two books would be issued per month from Popular's new imprint, Questar, for science fiction.[6] Time merged with Warner Communications to form Time Warner in 1989.[7] Publisher Macdonald & Co. was bought in 1992 to become part of the Time Warner Book Group UK, and in 1996 the various branches merged to become Time Warner Trade Publishing, later renamed to Time Warner Book Group.[citation needed] In 2003, Time Warner attempted to sell the Book Group but failed to get high enough bids. In March 2006, Time Warner completed the sale of Book Group to Lagardère to be place under its Hachette Livre book publishing arm.[8] Its Warner Books subsidiary renamed itself Grand Central Publishing in March 2006. Grand Central also launched a more literary imprint, Twelve, under former Random House editor in chief Jonathan Karp.[9] On February 5, 2010, Hachette announced that it would adopt an agency pricing model for its ebooks.[10]

Current imprints

Hachette has acquired a number of publishing brands aimed at different markets, and these brands themselves contain sub-imprints which are used to publish to an even more targeted audience. Imprints include:[11]

Imprint name Market Notes
Center Street Traditional values Main publishing division
FaithWords Christian Inspirational Main publishing division
Grand Central Publishing General market and best-sellers Formerly Warner Books, has several imprints
5-Spot Women's fiction Imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Business Plus Business publications Imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Forever Romance novels Imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Grand Central Life & Style Lifestyle & wellness Imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Twelve Various Publishes one book per month that aspires to be high quality; imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Vision Various Mass-market, "blockbuster" products; imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital Audiobooks and digital books Publishes Hachette Audio
Little, Brown and Company American fiction and non-fiction Focuses on "works of lasting significance"; published Little Women; one of the oldest publishers in the United States
Back Bay Books Trade paperbacks of fiction and non-fiction including classics and literature Imprint of Little, Brown and Company
Reagan Arthur Books great writing in the service of great stories, http://www.reaganarthurbooks.com Imprint of Little, Brown and Company
Mulholland Books publishes crime novels, thrillers, police procedurals, spy stories, supernatural suspense,


Imprint of Little, Brown and Company
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Picture books, hard and softcover fiction and non-fiction for young readers Has several imprints
LB Kids Novelty and brand tie-ins Imprint of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Poppy Teen girls [12] Imprint of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; publishes the series: Gossip Girl, Poseur, It Girl, The A-List, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, and the Clique.
Orbit Books Science fiction and fantasy http://www.orbitbooks.net/
Yen Press Graphic novels and manga An imprint of Orbit Books [13]

Inactive imprints

Many imprints have been acquired by the Hachette Group and the companies that were merged to form the group. Many are no longer active.

  • Abacus
  • Paperback Library (called the Warner Paperback Library after acquisition by Warner Communications in 1970)
  • Questar Science Fiction
  • Warner Aspect

Bestselling authors


  1. ^ "Company History". Hachette Book Group USA. Visited May 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "FAQs." Hachette Book Group. Retrieved on April 17, 2011. "Hachette Book Group Marketing Department 237 Park Avenue New York, NY 10017"
  3. ^ "Ultimate Ballet Sweepstakes." Hachette Book Group. Retrieved on April 17, 2011. (Click "Enter the Sweepstakes Now!!") "Hachette Book Group Attention: SO-157B 237 Park Avenue, 15th Floor New York, NY 10012 "
  4. ^ .com/publisher.asp?ID=156 "Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishers: Warner Books". World With out End. icow.com, LLC. https://www.worldswithoutend .com/publisher.asp?ID=156. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Copyrights of Golden-Age Comics". Golden-Age Comic book Superheroes & Villains Encyclopedia. http://www.herogoggles.com/copyright1.html. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "PUBLISHING: AUTHOR WINS RECOGNITION LATE". The New York Times. November 16, 1984. http://www.nytimes.com/1984/11/16/books/publishing-author-wins-recognition-late.html. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Power Failure". VANITY FAIR. JULY 2002. http://www.ninamunk.com/documents/PowerFailure.htm. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Lagardère to buy Time Warner books". The New York Times. February 6, 2006. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/06/business/worldbusiness/06iht-book.html. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Bosman, Julie (March 26, 2007). "With a New Owner, a Book Publisher Gets a New Name". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/26/business/media/26warner.html?scp=4&sq=Grand%20Central%20Publishing&st=Search. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Hachette to Change E-Book Pricing, Joining Macmillan". Business Week. Visited Feb 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "Hachette Book Group USA: Publishing groups". Hachette Book Group USA company website. 2008. http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/publishing_publishing-groups.aspx. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  12. ^ "Poppy Website". Poppy Official Website. 2010. http://www.pickapoppy.com. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  13. ^ "Hachette Brings Yen, Orbit Under One Roof". Publishers Weekly. 2008. http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/400237-Hachette_Brings_Yen_Orbit_Under_One_Roof.php. Retrieved 2010-02-18. [dead link]

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