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Perseus Books Group
|Parent company||Perseus LLC - Lagardère SCA|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Key people||David Steinberger (President and CEO)|
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.
In January 2007, the Perseus Books Group purchased Avalon Publishing Group, the parent company of Carroll & Graf and Thunder's Mouth Press; the purchaser folded both imprints and stopped publishing books under those names in May 2007.
The Perseus Books Group currently has the following imprints:
Before Avalon Publishing Group was integrated into the Perseus Books Group, it published on 14 imprint presses. In 2007, some of these imprints were integrated into the Perseus Books Group, while others folded or were sold to other companies. Perseus also sold one of their imprints in the restructuring process.
- Black Square Editions
- Blue Moon Books
- Carroll & Graf Publishers — acquired in 1998, folded in 2007
- Four Walls Eight Windows — absorbed into Thunder's Mouth Press in 2004
- Marlowe & Company — absorbed into the DaCapo imprint
- No Exit Press
- Seal Press
- Shoemaker & Hoard Publishers — sold to Counterpoint LLC
- Thunder's Mouth Press — folded in 2007
- Counterpoint Press — sold to Counterpoint LLC
- Vanguard Press started in 2007, closed in 2012
- Weinstein Books - closed in 2017
- Westview - sold to Taylor & Francis and absorbed into Routledge
Perseus previously owned separate book distribution companies.
- Publishers Group West (PGW), founded in 1976, based in Berkeley, California.
- Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, founded in 1985, based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Perseus Distribution, founded in 1999, based in New York City.
- Legato Publishers Group, founded in 2013, based in Chicago.
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- "New Investor for Perseus Books Group". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- Natasha Onwuemezi, "Perseus sale to Hachette Book Group completed", The Bookseller, 1 April 2016
- Milliot, Jim (November 1, 2007). "Perseus to Buy Avalon; Eyes PGW Pubs". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- Milliot, Jim (May 10, 2007). "Perseus Folds Two Imprints, Sells Another". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on February 17, 2010.
- "Hachette Book Group Reorganizes Lines, Announces About 25 Layoffs As DiPreta Departs". Publishers Lunch. November 13, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
- "About Us". Perseus Books Group. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
- "Avalon Publishing Acquires John Muir Publications". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
- "Seal Press Moves Under Da Capo's Purview". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- "About Seal Press". Seal Press. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
- "Publishers Look-up Service". Association of American Publishers. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
- Farmanfarmaian, Roxane (December 7, 1998). "Avalon to Acquire Carroll & Graf". Publishers Weekly. 245 (49): 11.
- Kinsella, Bridget. "Winton, Shoemaker & Co. Buys Counterpoint". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
- "Perseus Phasing Out Vanguard, Making Shifts at Running Press". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- "Hachette Book Group Terminates Weinstein Imprint". Publishers Lunch. October 12, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
- "Westview Press - Routledge". Routledge.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
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