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Bloomsbury Publishing plc
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Traded as LSE:  BMY
Founded30 January 1986;33 years ago (1986-01-30) (as M.B.N.1 Limited)
Founder Nigel Newton
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location WC1, London, England
Distribution Macmillan Distribution (UK, US)
United Book Distributors (Australia)
Key people Sir Richard Lambert
(Non-executive Chairman) [1]
Nigel Newton
(Chief Executive)
Publication types books, digital content products and online resources such as databases
Imprints Bloomsbury Academic
Revenue£161.5 million (y/e 28/02/2018)
Official website www.bloomsbury.com

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. It has a US publishing office located in New York City, an India publishing office in New Delhi, an Australia sales office in Sydney CBD and other publishing offices in the UK including at Oxford. 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.

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Bloomsbury area of the London Borough of Camden, in London, England, UK

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Contents

Divisions

Bloomsbury Publishing group has two separate publishing divisions—the Consumer division and the Non-Consumer division—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.

History

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 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. [2]

Nigel Newton is an American-born British publisher. He is the founder and chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

In December 2008, Bloomsbury opened a branch in Doha, Qatar, under joint-partnership with Qatar Foundation. [3] The publishing house created, called Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, worked mainly with English and Arabic literature. [4]

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a semi-private chartered, non-profit organization in Qatar, founded in 1995 by then-emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his second wife Moza bint Nasser. In addition to private funding, it is government-supported and in some ways government-funded. Qatar Foundation (QF), chaired by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, has spearheaded Qatar's endeavors to establish itself as a leader in education, science, and cultural development on both a regional and global scale. QF has stated an aim "to support Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential."

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. [5] 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. [6]

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Peer review evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence to the producers of the work

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In 2012, Bloomsbury established a publishing office in India. [7]

Acquisitions and imprints

Among the companies, book lists and imprints that Bloomsbury has acquired are: [8]

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  2. "About Us". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  3. 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. 22 (4): Abstract. doi:10.1080/0907676X.2014.948891.
  4. Alison Flood & Ian Black (15 October 2008). "Publishers seek new talent in Arab world". The Guardian . London. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. ""مؤسسة قطر" تطلق المنبر الإلكتروني QScience.com لنشر الدوريات" (in Arabic). Al Wasat News. 25 December 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2016.Cite web requires |website= (help)
  6. Charlotte Eyre (22 December 2015). "Qatar's QF and Bloomsbury end partnership". The Bookseller. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
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  8. "Corporate history - Corporate and Investor Relations - Bloomsbury.com" . Retrieved 19 January 2015.Cite web requires |website= (help)
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