Bloomsbury Publishing

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 Australia 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.

Bloomsbury Publishing plc
Traded as
Founded26 September 1986 (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
Revenue£230.1 million (y/e 28/02/2022)[2]

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 raised a further £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, under joint-partnership with Qatar Foundation.[6] The publishing house created, called Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, worked mainly with English and Arabic literature.[7]

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), an open access, 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]

Acquisitions and imprints

Among the companies, book lists and imprints that Bloomsbury has acquired are:[11]

See also

  • List of largest UK book publishers
  • Object Lessons


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  2. "Bloomsbury Has a Record Year". Publishers Weekly. 15 June 2022.
  3. "About Us". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  4. "Bloomsbury Consolidates Children's Imprints; Easton Leaving". Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  5. "Candlewick to Publish Walker Books in U.S." Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  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. S2CID 60553880.
  7. Alison Flood & Ian Black (15 October 2008). "Publishers seek new talent in Arab world". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. ""مؤسسة قطر" تطلق المنبر الإلكتروني لنشر الدوريات" (in Arabic). Al Wasat News. 25 December 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  9. Charlotte Eyre (22 December 2015). "Qatar's QF and Bloomsbury end partnership". The Bookseller. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  10. "Regulatory announcement".
  11. "Corporate history - Corporate and Investor Relations -". Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  12. "Bloomsbury cooks up deal with Absolute Press". The Bookseller. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  13. Chandler, Mark; Wood, Heloise. "Bloomsbury buys Head of Zeus in £8.5m deal". The Bookseller. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  14. "Bloomsbury Buys ABC-CLIO for $22.9Million".
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