Hachette (publisher)

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Hachette logo.svg
Parent companyLagardère Publishing
Founded1826; 195 years ago (1826)
Country of originFrance
Headquarters locationParis
Key peopleArnaud Nourry [fr] (CEO)
Official websitehachette.com/en

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.



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[edit]

In 2002, 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]

Hachette UK acquired Laurence King Publishing, original publisher of adult colouring book author and illustrator Johanna Basford, in August 2020.[7]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Hachette has its headquarters in the Beaugrenelle district in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11] However, in August 2014, the deal was called off because Hachette and the other parties involved decided the deal was too complicated.[12] The deal eventually went through in April 2016 with Perseus's publishing assets and imprints going to Hachette, and distribution assets to Ingram.[13]

Company structure[edit]

Hachette Livre is involved in three core businesses: publishing, partworks and distribution.


Hachette Livre has book publishing operations in their native France, as well as in Spain, Latin and North America (the former mostly in Mexico), the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, the Arab world (mostly in Lebanon and Morocco) and Francophone sub-saharan Africa.

Region/Country Units


Spain and Latin America (Hachette España/Grupo Anaya)

[19] [20]

  • Anaya
    • Anaya Educación
    • Anaya ELE
    • Anaya Infantil y Juvenil
    • Anaya Touring
    • Anaya Multimedia
      • PhotoClub
      • Oberon
  • Ediciones Cátedra
  • Bóveda
  • Edicións Xerais de Galicia (Galician)
  • Algaida Editores
  • Editorial Bruño
  • Barcanova Editorial (Catalan)
  • Edelsa
  • Grupo Editorial Patria (Mexico)
    • Publicaciones Cultural
    • CECSA
    • Nueva Imagen
    • Promexa
  • Vox (Catalan and Spanish)
  • Hachette Heroes e Infantil
  • Editorial Salvat
  • Larousse Spain
  • Ediciones Larousse (Mexico)
  • Ediciones Pirámide
  • Tecnos
  • Alianza Editorial
    • AdN Alianza de Novelas
United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (Hachette UK)

[21] [22]

North America (Hachette Book Group)


Australia and New Zealand


  • Hachette Australia
    • Lothian Children's Books
  • Hachette New Zealand
    • Moa (English- and Māori-language children's picture books)
Other markets


  • Hachette Antoine (Lebanon; joint venture with Librairie Antoine)
  • Librairie Papeterie Nationale (Morocco)
  • Éditions Nei-Ceda (Francophone sub-saharan Africa; based in Ivory Coast) (70%)
  • Azbooka-Atticus (Russia) (49%)[31]
  • Hachette-Phoenix (China; joint venture with Phoenix Publishing and Media)
  • Hachette India[21]


Hachette distributes partworks to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria.




  • Hachette Livre Distribution (France)[34]
  • Dilibel (Belgium)[34]
  • Diffulivre (Switzerland)[34]
  • Hachette Canada[34]
  • Lightning Source France (joint venture with Lightning Source)[34]
  • Bookpoint (United Kingdom)[35]
  • Hachette UK Distribution[35]
  • Alliance Distribution Services (Australia)[35]
  • HBG Cilent Services (United States)[36]
  • Comercial Grupo Anaya (Spain)[37]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Hachette Livre: Key Dates" Archived 13 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. 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". www.hachette.com.au.
  4. ^ "Lothian | AustLit: Discover Australian Stories". www.austlit.edu.au.
  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. ^ a b Denny, Neill (2 September 2020). "Hachette UK Buys Laurence King Publishing". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz, LLC. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ Hachette Livre, Hachette.com. Retrieved 17 April 2011. "Hachette Livre 43, quai de Grenelle 75905 Paris Cedex 15"
  9. ^ Gary, Nicolas (17 May 2010). "Hachette migrera des services de sa direction à Malakoff". actualitte.com. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  10. ^ 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."
  11. ^ "Perseus Books Group being acquired by Hachette". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Hachette Calls Off Perseus Book Purchase". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 August 2014.(subscription required)
  13. ^ Natasha Onwuemezi, "Perseus sale to Hachette Book Group completed", The Bookseller, 1 April 2016
  14. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| publishing France".
  15. ^ "Pika Roman commence avec L'Attaque des Titans et Another !". 4 March 2016.
  16. ^ https://www.nobi-nobi.fr/
  17. ^ https://actualitte.com/article/34044/distribution/la-maison-nobi-nobi-donne-un-coup-de-jeune-a-pika-editions
  18. ^ https://www.pika.fr/actualites/pika-edition-x-h2t
  19. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| publishing Spain".
  20. ^ "Nuestras editoriales | Grupo Anaya". www.grupoanaya.es.
  21. ^ a b c "Hachette Livre Group| publishing UK".
  22. ^ "LBBG – Imprints". 13 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Orion Trapeze". 26 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| publishing USA".
  25. ^ Deahl, Rachel (11 November 2015). "GCP to Launch Paltrow's Goop Press". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  26. ^ Alexandra Alter (28 May 2015). "James Patterson Is Starting Imprint for Children's Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  27. ^ "Perseus". 29 June 2017.
  28. ^ Fitzgerald, Laura (11 April 2016). "Exciting news about the future of Yen Press!". Yen Press. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  29. ^ "Yen Press to Launch JY, a Kids' Graphic Novel Imprint in Fall 2017". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  30. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| publishing new markets".
  31. ^ "Hachette Livre increases stake in Azbooka-Atticus | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  32. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| Partworks".
  33. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| distribution".
  34. ^ a b c d e "Hachette Livre Group| distribution France".
  35. ^ a b c "Hachette Livre Group| distribution UK".
  36. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| distribution USA".
  37. ^ "Hachette Livre Group| distribution Spain".

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