Company:Bloomsbury Publishing

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Short description: British worldwide publishing house
Bloomsbury Publishing plc
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Traded as
  • LSE: [Script error: No such module "Stock tickers/LSE". BMY]
  • FTSE SmallCap component
Founded26 September 1986; 37 years ago (1986-09-26)
FounderNigel Newton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon, England
DistributionMacmillan Publishers Services (UK, US)
United Book Distributors (Australia)
Key people
Publication typesBooks, digital content products, and online resources such as databases
RevenueIncrease£230.1 million (y/e 28/02/2022)[2]

Bloomsbury Publishing plc is a British 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 Australian sales office in Sydney CBD, and other publishing offices in the UK, including in 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.


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.


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]

Acquisitions and imprints

Among the companies, book lists and imprints that Bloomsbury has acquired are:[12]

  • Bloomsbury Academic (1986)
  • A & C Black (2000)
  • Whitaker's Almanack (2002)
  • T & AD Poyser (2002)
  • Thomas Reed Publications (2002)
  • Peter Collin Publishing (2002)
  • Andrew Brodie Publications (2003)
  • Adlard Coles Nautical (2003)
  • Walker Publishing Company (2004)
  • Methuen Drama (2006)
  • Berg Publishers (2008)
  • John Wisden & Co (2008)
  • Arden Shakespeare (2008)
  • Tottel Publishing (2009)
  • Bristol Classical Press (2010)
  • Continuum International Publishing Group (2011)
  • Absolute Press (2011)[13]
  • Fairchild Books (2012)
  • Applied Visual Arts Publishing (2012)
  • Hart Publishing (2013)
  • Osprey Publishing (2014)
  • I. B. Tauris (2018)
  • Oberon Books (2019)
  • Zed Books (2020)
  • Red Globe Press (2021)
  • Head of Zeus (2021)[14]
  • ABC-CLIO (2021).[15]

See also

  • List of largest UK book publishers
  • Object Lessons


  1. "Bloomsbury Publishing Board Appointment". 16 June 2017. 
  2. Milliot, Jim (June 15, 2022). "Bloomsbury Has a Record Year". 
  3. "About Us". 
  4. Milliot, Jim (17 March 2014). "Bloomsbury Consolidates Children's Imprints; Easton Leaving". 
  5. Rosen, Judith (10 August 2017). "Candlewick to Publish Walker Books in U.S.". 
  6. 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. 
  7. Flood, Alison; Ian Black (15 October 2008). "Publishers seek new talent in Arab world". The Guardian (London). 
  8. ""مؤسسة قطر" تطلق المنبر الإلكتروني لنشر الدوريات" (in ar). Al Wasat News. 25 December 2010. 
  9. Eyre, Charlotte (22 December 2015). "Qatar's QF and Bloomsbury end partnership". 
  10. "Regulatory announcement". 
  11. Weatherbed, Jess (15 May 2023). "Not even NYT bestsellers are safe from AI cover art". 
  12. "Corporate history – Corporate and Investor Relations –". 
  13. Neill, Graeme (1 September 2011). "Bloomsbury cooks up deal with Absolute Press". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-07-07. 
  14. Chandler, Mark; Wood, Heloise (2 June 2021). "Bloomsbury buys Head of Zeus in £8.5m deal". 
  15. Milliot, Jim (16 December 2021). "Bloomsbury Buys ABC-CLIO for $22.9Million". 

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