|Founded||26 September 1986|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Key people||Sir Anthony Salz
|Publication types||books, academic journals, magazines|
|Imprints||A & C Black, Berg|
Bloomsbury Publishing plc (LSE: BMY) is an independent, worldwide publishing house of fiction and non-fiction with its headquarters in the London Borough of Camden, and publishing offices in London, New York, Sydney, and Delhi. It is a constituent of the FTSE SmallCap Index. The company's growth over the past decade is primarily attributable to the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Bloomsbury was named Publisher of the Year in 1999 and 2000 by the British book industry. It published The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, which won the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
The company was founded in 1986 by Nigel Newton, who had previously been employed by other publishing companies. It was floated as a public registered company in 1994, raising £5.5million, which was used to fund expansion of the company into paperback and children's books. A rights issue of shares in 1998 raised a further £6.1m, which was used to expand the company, in particular to found a U.S. branch. Bloomsbury USA was established in 1998, Bloomsbury USA Books for Young Readers in 2002, and in 2005, Bloomsbury acquired Walker & Co, a small company dedicated to publishing nonfiction. In 2000 Bloomsbury acquired A&C Black Plc, and in 2002 acquired Whitaker's Almanack. In 2007, Bloomsbury published Bloomsbury 21, a reprint series of 21 of its most popular books to celebrate its 21st anniversary. In 2008, Bloomsbury opened a branch in Doha, Qatar, under joint-partnership with Qatar Foundation. The new publishing house, called Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, will work mainly with English and Arabic literature and with translations from English into Arabic and vice versa.
Bloomsbury's head office is located in Bedford Square in the London Borough of Camden. Its USA publishing office is located in at 1385 Broadway, New York City. Its Australia sales office is in the Sydney CBD. Its New Delhi publishing office is in the Vishrut Building (Building No. 3) in the DDA Complex in Vasant Kunj.
Bloomsbury Publishing group has four separate publishing divisions — Academic & Professional; Adult; Children's and Educational; and Information and Business Development — supported by group functions, namely Sales and Marketing, Finance and Technology. Imprints and book lists of publishing businesses acquired by Bloomsbury are assigned to the most relevant publishing division.
Among the companies Bloomsbury has acquired are:
- A & C Black - 2000
- Whitaker's Almanack - 2002
- T & AD Poyser - 2002
- Thomas Reed Publications - 2002
- Peter Collin Publishing - 2002
- Andrew Brodie Publications - 2003
- Walker Publishing Company - 2004
- Methuen Drama - 2006
- Berg Publishers - 2008
- John Wisden & Co - 2008
- Arden Shakespeare - 2008
- Tottel Publishing - 2009
- Bristol Classical Press - 2010
- Continuum International Publishing Group - 2011
- Fairchild Books - 2012
- Applied Visual Arts Publishing - 2012
- Hart Publishing - 2013
- Osprey Publishing - 2014
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