Hachette (publisher)

Hachette (French pronunciation: [a.ʃɛt]) is a French publisher. Founded in 1826 by Louis Hachette as Brédif, the company later became L. Hachette et Compagnie, Librairie Hachette, Hachette SA and Hachette Livre in France. After acquiring an Australian publisher, Hachette Australia was created; in the UK it became Hachette UK, and its expansion into the United States became Hachette Book Group USA.

Parent companyLagardère Publishing
Founded1826 (1826)
Country of originFrance
Headquarters locationParis
Key peopleArnaud Nourry (CEO)
Official websitehachette.com/en



It was founded in 1826 by Louis Hachette as Brédif, a bookshop and publishing company. It became L. Hachette et Compagnie on 1 January 1846, Librairie Hachette in 1919, and Hachette SA in 1977. It was acquired by the Lagardère Group in 1981. In 1992 the publishing assets of Hachette SA were grouped into a subsidiary called Hachette Livre (French pronunciation: [a.ʃɛt liːvʁ]), the flagship imprint of Lagardère Publishing. Hachette has its headquarters in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.[1] In 1996 it merged with the Hatier group. In 2004, Hachette acquired dictionary publisher Éditions Larousse.

International expansion

In 2002, the UK publisher John Murray was acquired by Hodder Headline, which was itself acquired in 2004 by the Lagardère Group. Since then, it has been an imprint under Lagardère brand known as Hachette UK.[2]

In 2004 Lagardère acquired Australian publisher Hodder Headline for Hachette Livre, who renamed it Hachette Australia.[3]

In 2006, it expanded into the United States when it purchased Time Warner's book-publishing division, which was then renamed Hachette Book Group USA. Part of Time Warner's holdings was Australian independent publishing house Lothian Books, which was incorporated as an imprint.[4]

In June 2013, Hachette announced that it would acquire Hyperion Books from Disney.[5]

In 2018, it announced its Robinson Millenials label, under which it would be publishing webcomics in partnership with Hiveworks Comics.[6]

Corporate affairs

Hachette has its headquarters in the Beaugrenelle district in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.[7][8]

Hachette's head office previously occupied a building at the intersection of Saint-Germain and Saint-Michel in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area. It later moved to its current location.[9]

Hachette planned to lease 9,900 square metres (107,000 sq ft) of space at a building in Malakoff, Hauts de Seine around 2011, even though the building in the 15th arrondissement was being renovated.[8]

In June 2014, the company's U.S. affiliate in conjunction with Perseus Books Group, and Ingram Content Group, announced a three-way deal whereby Hachette would buy Perseus and then sell the company's client services businesses to Ingram. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.[10] However, in August 2014, the deal was called off because Hachette and the other parties involved decided the deal was too complicated.[11] The deal eventually went through in April 2016 with Perseus's publishing assets and imprints going to Hachette, and distribution assets to Ingram.[12]

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Hachette Livre: Key Dates". Retrieved on 12 March 2014.
  2. Hachette UK (2008). "Corporate History Highlights". Hachette UK. Hachette UK. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  3. History of Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia https://www.hachette.com.au/company-history/
  4. 'Lothian Books' https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A36996
  5. Edmund Lee (28 June 2013). "Hachette Will Acquire Disney's Hyperion Book Publishing Business". Bloomberg.
  6. "Robinson, une nouvelle collection de bandes dessinées en partenariat avec Hiveworks". hachette.fr (in French). Hachette Livre. 25 May 2018.
  7. Hachette Livre, Hachette.com. Retrieved 17 April 2011. "Hachette Livre 43, quai de Grenelle 75905 Paris Cedex 15"
  8. Gary, Nicolas (May 17, 2010). "Hachette migrera des services de sa direction à Malakoff". actualitte.com. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  9. Launet, Edouard. "Pas de quartier pour les éditeurs." Libération. 2 November 2009. Retrieved on 21 January 2012. "Chacun se souvient aussi du spectaculaire départ du groupe Hachette, abandonnant son énorme QG au coin des boulevards Saint-Michel et Saint-Germain pour le quai de Grenelle, dans le XVe."
  10. "Perseus Books Group being acquired by Hachette". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  11. "Hachette Calls Off Perseus Book Purchase". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 August 2014.(subscription required)
  12. Natasha Onwuemezi, "Perseus sale to Hachette Book Group completed", The Bookseller, 1 April 2016

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