Sunday, October 14, 2007

Name Change for Holtzbrinck

I just realized that this will be the 1,000th post to this blog. Sweet mercy!

Back on March 7th, I did a post here on the seven large mega-corporations that dominate publishing.

They were:

1) Bertelsmann AG (Germany): Random House, which owns Ballantine, Del Rey, Bantam Dell, Crown Publishing, Doubleday, and Knopf

2) Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (Germany): Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Pan and Tom Doherty Associates which owns Tor and Forge.

3) News Corporation (United States): HarperMorrow Publishers, which owns Avon, HarperCollins, and William Morrow.

4) Pearson PLC (United Kingdom): Berkley, Penguin, Putnam, Viking and Prentice Hall.

5) Reed Elsevier (United Kingdom): Harcourt and Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

6) Groupe Lagardere (France): Hachette Livre, which bought the former Time Warner Book Group, including Warner Books, the Mysterious Press, and Little, Brown and Company in addition to many other titles.

7) CBS (United States): Simon and Schuster

Since that post, Hachette Livre changed the name of Warner Books to Grand Central Publishing. And Bertelsmann bought out Time Inc., its partner in a joint venture that included the Book-of-the-Month Club.

On Tuesday of this week, Holtzbrinck announced it is changing its name to Macmillan, effective immediately.

Shelf Awareness reported that: "The only imprint to change its name is Audio Renaissance, the audiobook imprint, which is now Macmillan Audio. Otherwise, all divisions, imprints and publishers, including Henry Holt, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, St. Martin's, Tor, Picador, Scientific American and W.H. Freeman, retain their names."

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