Arcadia Publishing

Last updated

Arcadia Publishing
Arcadia Vertical Logo.png
Parent company Lezen
Founded1993
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location Charleston, South Carolina
DistributionSelf-distributed
Key people David Steinberger, CEO [1]
Publication types Books
Imprints
No. of employees108
Official website www.arcadiapublishing.com

Arcadia Publishing is an American publisher of neighborhood, local, and regional history of the United States in pictorial form. [2] [3] [4] Arcadia Publishing also runs the History Press, which publishes text-driven books on American history and folklore.

Contents

History

It was founded in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1993 by United Kingdom-based Tempus Publishing, but became independent after being acquired by its CEO in 2004. The corporate office is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. [5]

It has a catalog of more than 12,000 titles, and italong with its subsidiary, The History Presspublishes 900 new titles every year. [6]

Its formula for regional publishing is to use local writers or historians to write about their community using 180 to 240 black-and-white photographs with captions and introductory paragraphs in a 128 page book. [7] The Images of America series is the company's largest product line. Other series include Images of Rail, Images of Sports, Images of Baseball, Black America, Postcard History, Campus History, Corporate History, Legendary Locals, Images of Modern America, and Then & Now.

In 2010, Arcadia became the first major publisher to print all of their books on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper. All of the publishers books are also printed and manufactured in South Carolina on American-made paper. [8]

In May 2017, Arcadia acquired Palmetto Publishing Group, a Charleston-based self-publishing service that had been in business since 2015. [1]

In 2018, Arcadia was acquired by Lezen, a new company owned by Lili and Michael Lynton. [9]

In March 2019, Walter Isaacson became the editor-at-large and senior adviser for Arcadia Publishing, where he will be promoting books for the company as well as editing, new strategy development, and partnerships. [10]

The History Press

The History Press is a subsidiary publishing house, owned by Arcadia. Its books mainly deal with "narratives of local heroes, tragic losses, collections of homegrown recipes, historic mysteries, and everything in between." [11] Some of their series include: American Legends (a series focused on local mythology, legends, and mysteries), Forgotten Tales (a line of books that catalogue near-forgotten stories), and Haunted America (paranormal history books that are written by local authors about ghost stories specific to cities across the US). [12] [13] [14]

The History Press was originally a US subsidiary of the UK-based publisher of the same name. In 2014, the US-based portion of The History Press was sold to Arcadia Publishing. [15]

Legendary Locals

Legendary Locals is an imprint of The History Press. [16]

Pelican Publishing Company

In May 2019, Pelican Publishing Company was officially purchased by Arcadia Publishing. [17]

Distribution

The books are printed in the United States. It handles its own sales and distribution with the following each accounting for one-third of the company's sales:

See also

Related Research Articles

Random House is an American book publisher and the largest general-interest paperback publisher in the world. It is part of Penguin Random House, which is owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann.

HarperCollins Publishers LLC is one of the world's largest publishing companies and is one of the Big Five English-language publishing companies, alongside Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan. The company is headquartered in New York City and is a subsidiary of News Corp. The name is a combination of several publishing firm names: Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired in 1987—whose own name was the result of an earlier merger of Harper & Brothers and Row, Peterson & Company—together with UK publishing company William Collins, Sons, acquired in 1989.

Doubleday is an American publishing company. It was founded as the Doubleday & McClure Company in 1897 and was the largest in the United States by 1947. It published the work of mostly U.S. authors under a number of imprints and distributed them through its own stores. In 2009 Doubleday merged with Knopf Publishing Group to form the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is now part of Penguin Random House. In 2019, the official website presents Doubleday as an imprint, not a publisher.

Regnery Publishing Conservative book publisher based in Washington, D.C

Regnery Publishing is a politically conservative book publisher based in Washington, D.C. An imprint of Salem Media Group, it is led by President & Publisher Thomas Spence. The company was founded by Henry Regnery in 1947.

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore is the biggest publishing company in Italy.

Hachette Books, formerly Hyperion Books, is a general-interest book imprint of the Perseus Books Group, which is a division of Hachette Book Group. Established in 1990, Hachette publishes general-interest fiction and non-fiction books for adults. A former subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, it was originally named after Hyperion Avenue, the location of Walt Disney Studios prior to 1939.

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a publishing company owned by Hachette Livre, the largest publishing company in France, and the third largest trade and educational 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. Its headquarters are located at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Hachette is considered one of the big-five publishing companies, along with Holtzbrinck/Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster. In one year, HBG publishes approximately 1400+ adult books, 300 books for young readers, and 450 audio book titles. In 2016, the company had 214 books on the New York Times bestseller list, 44 of which reached No. 1.

Hal Leonard LLC is an American music publishing and distribution company founded in Winona, Minnesota, by Harold "Hal" Edstrom, his brother, Everett "Leonard" Edstrom, and fellow musician Roger Busdicker. Currently headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is the largest sheet music publisher in the world.

The Crown Publishing Group is a subsidiary of Penguin Random House that publishes across several categories including fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography and memoir, cooking, health, business, and lifestyle. Its imprints include Crown, Crown Archetype, Crown Business, Crown Forum, Hogarth, Three Rivers Press, Clarkson Potter, Potter Craft, Potter Style, Broadway Books, Broadway Paperbacks, Image, WaterBrook/Multnomah, Harmony Books, Rodale Books, Watson-Guptill, Amphoto Books, and Ten Speed Press. Formerly, the company also used the Bell Tower Press, Orion Books, and related imprints and subsidiaries, such as Gramercy Publishing Company. However, these have now either been discontinued or transferred to other Random House units.

Pelican Publishing Company

Pelican Publishing Company is a book publisher based in Gretna, a suburb of New Orleans. Formed in 1926, Pelican is the largest independent trade book publisher located in the U.S. South. Pelican publishes approximately 60 titles per year and maintains a backlist of over 2500 books. Most of its titles relate to Louisiana and Southern culture, cuisine, art, travel guides, history, children's books, and textbooks.

Skyhorse Publishing American independent book publishing company

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. is an American independent book publishing company founded in 2006 and headquartered in New York City, with a satellite office in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group is an independent publishing house founded in 1949. Under several imprints, the company offers scholarly books for the academic market, as well as trade books. The company also owns the book distributing company National Book Network based in Lanham, Maryland.

Sasquatch Books is an American book publishing company based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 1986 by David Brewster of the Seattle Weekly and primarily publishes nonfiction books about the western United States and Canada and cover topics such as nature, travel, gardening, entertainment, sports, food and wine. By 2003, it was publishing approximately 30 books per year and employed 18 people.

Princeton Architectural Press is a small press publisher that specializes in books on architecture, design, photography, landscape, and visual culture, with over 1,000 titles on its backlist. In 2013, it added a line of stationery products, including notebooks and notecards; the following year it began publishing children's books.

Perseus Books Group

Perseus Books Group was an American publishing company founded in 1996 by investor Frank Pearl. It was named Publisher of the Year in 2007 by Publishers Weekly magazine for its role in taking on publishers formerly distributed by Publishers Group West and acquiring Avalon Publishing Group. After the death of Frank Pearl, Perseus was sold to Centre Lane Partners in 2015, a private equity firm. In April 2016, its name and publishing business was acquired by Hachette Book Group and its distribution business by Ingram Content Group.

Abrams Books

Abrams, formerly Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (HNA), is an American publisher of art and illustrated books, children's books, and stationery.

Turner Publishing Company

Turner Publishing Company is an American independent book publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee. The company is in the top 101 independent publishing companies in the U.S. as compiled by Bookmarket.com and has been named four times to Publishers Weekly 's Fastest Growing Publishers List.

Sourcebooks, Inc., is an independent book publisher located in Naperville, Illinois. The company publishes books, ebooks, and digital products, and is one of the 20 largest publishers in the United States.

Sheed and Ward was a publishing house founded in London in 1926 by Catholic activists Frank Sheed and Maisie Ward. The head office was moved to New York in 1933. In 1973, Sheed and Ward was acquired by the Universal Press Syndicate; the company was used as the base of the publisher Andrews McMeel. The Sheed and Ward name and backlist were later divested. The company was owned by the National Catholic Reporter from 1986 to 1998, when it was sold to the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The United States assets were acquired by Rowman & Littlefield in 2002, and the United Kingdom assets by the Continuum International Publishing Group, which has since been subsumed into Bloomsbury Publishing.

Mango Publishing is an American book publisher founded in 2014.

References

  1. 1 2 Moore, Thad (May 30, 2017). "Mount Pleasant-based Arcadia Publishing buys Charleston-based self-publishing service in effort to diversify business". The Post and Courier . Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  2. "Histories in the Making". The Philadelphia Inquirer . April 11, 2002 via Newsbank.
  3. Nolte, Carl (October 27, 2005). "Mini-Americana Publisher Finds Small to Be Bountiful". San Francisco Chronicle .
  4. Rice, Mark (Fall 2009). "Arcadian Visions of the Past" (PDF). Columbia Journal of American Studies. Vol. 9. pp. 7–26. Retrieved September 19, 2017.(analysis of the successful Images of America series).
  5. "Neighborhood Life". Neighborhoodlife.net. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  6. "Our Story". Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  7. Hall, Alan (March 20, 2005). "The Book Is at the Printer!". Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
    Hall, Alan (July 3, 2005). "Steubenville A Book Written by Librarians". Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
    Hall is a co-author and describes the process of writing and editing an Acadia book Steubenville ISBN   978-0-7385-3399-5.
  8. Staff Writer (February 10, 2010). "Arcadia Publishing Becomes 100% FSC Certified". Publishers Weekly . Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  9. "Investor group acquires Arcadia Publishing". Charlestonbusiness.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  10. Hoff, Patrick (March 25, 2019). "Walter Isaacson joins Arcadia Publishing". Charleston Regional Business Journal. SC Biz News. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  11. "The History Press". Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  12. "American Legends". The History Press. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  13. "Forgotten Tales". The History Press. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  14. "Haunted America". The History Press. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  15. "Arcadia Publishing Buys The History Press". Publishers Weekly . July 9, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  16. Legendary Locals
  17. Milliot, Jim (April 4, 2019). "Arcadia Will Buy Pelican Publishing". Publishers Weekly . United States: PWxyz, LLC. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  18. Milliot, Jim (August 9, 2004). "Arcadia Publishing Adopts National View". Publishers Weekly'. Retrieved August 24, 2007.