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Hachette Book Group
Type Subsidiary
Founded 2006
Headquarters New York City, New York,
United States
Industry Publishing
Parent Hachette Livre
Divisions Grand Central Publishing
Little, Brown and Company
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Center Street
Hachette Digital Media

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 bestselling authors include Ansel Adams, Sherman Alexie, David Baldacci, James Bradley, Marc Brown, Christopher Buckley, Jimmy Buffett, Stephen Colbert, Michael Connelly, Ted Dekker, Nelson DeMille, Emily Dickinson, Malcolm Gladwell, Lisi Harrison, Christopher Hitchens, Mary Ann Hoberman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kiyosaki, Elizabeth Kostova, Nelson Mandela, Patrick McDonnell, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Meyer, Stephenie Meyer, Todd Parr, James Patterson, Mark Penn, David Sedaris, Anita Shreve, Anne Rivers Siddons, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart, Trenton Lee Stewart, David Foster Wallace, and Cecily von Ziegesar.



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. Time merged with Warner Communications to form Time Warner in 1989; Warner Communications had acquired the Paperback Library in 1970. 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, renamed the Hachette Book Group USA after being acquired by Hachette Livre, and now known as Hachette Book Group.

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:[2]

Imprint name Market Notes
Center Street Traditional values Main publishing division
FaithWords Conservative Christian 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
Springboard Press Baby boomers 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
Wellness Central Health and wellness
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
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 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
Yen Press Graphic novels and manga An imprint of Orbit Books

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)
  • Warner Aspect


  1. ^ "Company History". Hachette Book Group USA. Visited May 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "Hachette Book Group USA: Publishing groups". Hachette Book Group USA company website. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-29.  

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