Bloomsbury Publishing plc (formerly M.B.N.1 Limited and Bloomsbury Publishing Company Limited) is a British independent, worldwide publishing house of fiction and non-fiction. It is a constituent of the FTSE SmallCap Index. Bloomsbury's head office is located in Bloomsbury, an area of the London Borough of Camden and it has a US publishing office located in New York City, an India publishing office in New Delhi and an Australia sales office in Sydney CBD. The company's growth over the past two decades is primarily attributable to the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and, from 2008, to the development of its academic and professional publishing division. The Bloomsbury Academic & Professional division won the Bookseller Industry Award for Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.
|Traded as||LSE: BMY|
|Founded||30 January 1986|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Headquarters location||London, WC1|
|Distribution||Macmillan Distribution (UK, US)
United Book Distributors (Australia)
|Key people||Sir Anthony Salz
|Publication types||books, digital content products and online resources such as databases|
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, Book Production, Finance and Technology. Imprints and book lists of publishing businesses acquired by Bloomsbury are assigned to the most relevant publishing division.
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. In 1998, Bloomsbury USA was established. Bloomsbury USA Books for Young Readers was established in 2002, and in 2005, Bloomsbury acquired Walker & Co, a small company dedicated to publishing nonfiction.
In December 2008, Bloomsbury opened a branch in Doha, Qatar, under joint-partnership with Qatar Foundation. The publishing house created, called Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, worked mainly with English and Arabic literature.
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), an open access, peer review academic publisher, was created in December 2010 as a joint venture with Qatar Foundation. Journal research articles were published through BQFJ's website Qscience.com. In 2012, Bloomsbury established a publishing office in India. The company's partnership with Qatar Foundation ended in December 2015 and all of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing works were incorporated in Qatari-owned HBKU Press. At the time of BQFP's dissolution it had published over 200 books. BQFJ's works were also incorporated in HBKU Press.
Among the companies, book lists and imprints that 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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- Harding, Sue-Ann (2014). "'But we don't read, Professor!' Translation, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, and building a 'vibrant literary culture'". Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. Taylor & Francis. 22 (4): Abstract. doi:10.1080/0907676X.2014.948891. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- Alison Flood & Ian Black (15 October 2008). "Publishers seek new talent in Arab world". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- "«مؤسسة قطر» تطلق المنبر الإلكتروني QScience.com لنشر الدوريات" (in Arabic). Al Wasat News. 25 December 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- Charlotte Eyre (22 December 2015). "Qatar's QF and Bloomsbury end partnership". The Bookseller. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- "Corporate history - Corporate and Investor Relations - Bloomsbury.com". Retrieved 19 January 2015.