Bloomsbury Publishing

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Bloomsbury Publishing plc
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Traded as
Founded26 September 1986;37 years ago (1986-09-26)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters location London, England
Distribution Macmillan Publishers Services (UK, US)
United Book Distributors (Australia)
Key people
Publication types Books, digital content products, and online resources such as databases
ISIN GB0033147751  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Founder Nigel Newton   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
United Kingdom  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
RevenueIncrease2.svg£264.1 million (2023) [2]
Increase2.svg£25.6 million (2023) [2]
Increase2.svg£20.2 million (2023) [2]
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Bloomsbury Publishing plc is a British worldwide publishing house of fiction and non-fiction. Bloomsbury's head office is located in Bloomsbury, an area of the London Borough of Camden. It has a US publishing office located in New York City, an India publishing office in New Delhi, an Australian sales office in Sydney CBD, and other publishing offices in the UK, including in Oxford. It is a constituent of the FTSE SmallCap Index.



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 £5.5 million, which was used to fund expansion of the company into paperback and children's books. A rights issue of shares in 1998 further raised £6.1 million, 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. [3] The Walker brand was discontinued in 2015 and sold to Walker Publishing Company. [4] [5]

In December 2008, Bloomsbury opened a branch in Doha, Qatar in a joint-partnership with Qatar Foundation. [6] The partnership created a publishing house, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing; it worked mainly with English and Arabic literature. [7]

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), an open access and peer reviewed academic publisher, was created in December 2010 as a joint venture with Qatar Foundation. Journal research articles were published through BQFJ's website [8] 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. [9]

In 2012, Bloomsbury established a publishing office in India. [10] In May 2023, an article in The Verge reported that the cover of the UK edition of House of Earth and Blood, published by Bloomsbury, uses an AI-generated image. [11]

In 2018, it was confirmed that much of the company's growth over the previous two decades was attributable to the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. [12]

Acquisitions and imprints

Among the companies, book lists and imprints that Bloomsbury has acquired are: [13]

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