Ediciones B is a Spanish publisher, which currently operates as a division of Penguin Random House. Ediciones B is headquartered in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; with branches throughout Latin America.
|Parent company||Penguin Random House|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|Distribution||Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial|
|Imprints||B de Blok|
B de Bolsillo
B de Books
Ediciones B was established in 1986, when Grupo Zeta purchased Editorial Bruguera, and renamed it "Ediciones B".
From its inception, Ediciones B's focus has published magazines such as TBO. It included stories from fictional characters such as Mortadelo & Filemon, SuperLopez, the naughty twins Zipi and Zape, and Capitán Trueno. Later, Ediciones B published comics and other stories that originated in foreign countries.
In the late 1990s, Ediciones B launched magazines geared toward children and teen audiences. As time passed, Ediciones B's publishing focus grew to include books from other genres. Some of these included adult content.
In April, 2017, Grupo Zeta sold Ediciones B to Penguin Random House for €40 million ($46,658,000). The transaction was completed in July 2017.
Ediciones B publishes multiple literary genres, including:
- Children & Youth
- Comic & Graphic Novels
- Essays (including History)
- Travel Guides
- Historical Fiction
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Thrillers & Mysteries
After merging with Penguin Random House's web, the publisher changed its distribution. These are the most significant sections, the linked ones being the best-known.
B: A collection of varied genres grouping those who aren't below
B de blok: Children's literature
B de Bolsillo: A selection of books about many topics that had been published previously
B de books: Digital and physical books
La Trama: Thrillers and mystery novels
Novela Vergara: Aimed at the female audience, this collection holds stories of love, friendship, family and varied human feelings.
Plan B: Fiction and essay books
Ediciones B takes part in literary events.
Historical Novel award "Ciudad de Úbeda": After organizing this contest together with other entities, Ediciones B published the winning historical novel. The contest is called once a year.
"La Trama" award: Beginning in the year 2014, this Ediciones B's annual contest looks for new writing talent in the categories of thrillers and whodunits. The first winner was Laura Balagué with her Las Pequeñas Mentiras (lit. The Little Lies).
Boolino awards: These annual awards began in 2015 and award accolades to the best illustrated youth and children's books. Ediciones B awards the winner with publication under "B de Blok". The first winning book was Entre Todas las Estrellas (Lit. Among All the Stars), by Cristina Alfonso Ibáñez.
Ediciones B can be found in some book fairs, such as those of the World Book Day/International Day of the Book. Others are held in cities such as Madrid or Barcelona.
Ediciones B offers two weekly contests so their readers can interact and try to complete their own books. They are "Los Martes nos vemos en B" ("We see at B on Tuesdays") and "Viernes con B" ("On Fridays with B"). The contests are not held in August due to the holiday period.
Los martes nos vemos en B: It consists of uploading a picture of a book cover together with a question. Answering it allows readers to participate in a drawing for the book.
Viernes con B: To become a participant, readers must retweet a message B has published. After the weekend, the person having retweeted the already mentioned message can win the book that has been tweeted that Friday.
- "PRH acquires Barcelona-based Ediciones B from Grupo Zeta". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
- Megustaleer. "Megustaleer". www.megustaleer.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-11-25.
- "Penguin Random House compra Ediciones B por 40 millones". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-11-25.