Hachette Livre


Attract, foster and promote talent in order to offer readers everywhere in the world the best writing and illustrations in all categories and formats.


Our commitment

Hachette Livre, a subsidiary of the French media giant Lagardère and a repository of part of France’s cultural heritage, is pushing beyond its historical borders, pursuing the adventure Louis Hachette began in 1826.

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Arnaud Nourry

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hachette Livre

Key figures in 2016

Diversity: the key to profitability

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  • 2,264

    million euros

    in revenue across all the Group’s markets

  • More than 150


    covering literature, education, illustrated books, children’s books, dictionaries and encyclopedias, partworks, etc.

  • 7,268


    including 40% French-speaking, 36% English-speaking and 13% Spanish-speaking

  • 17,696

    new titles

    representing 50% of the Group’s business

  • More than 80,000


    from the catalogues of all the Group’s publishers digitized

Press releases

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Key dates

From 1826 to the present day: almost two centuries of patient, diligent work

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  • Louis Hachette


    Louis Hachette, a 26-year-old graduate of France’s prestigious École Normale Supérieure, opens Brédif, a bookshop located near the Sorbonne in Paris.

Our hall of fame

In more than 170 years, the publishing houses that now make up Hachette Livre have produced many a masterpiece.

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  • Charles Darwin began to note his thoughts on evolution as early as 1837 upon his return from a trip to South America, Australia and Africa. His plan was to feed on twenty years of observations, research and theory to write a major work. Yet, under pressure from a rival essay, he ended up condensing it into a short volume, published in 1859…

  • It was with this “perfectly impersonal” book, as it was described by Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, that Gustave Flaubert invented the “modern” novel. Madame Bovary was the fruit of five years of work and recounts the romantic fantasies and frustrations of a woman who is unable to escape her life as a provincial doctor’s wife…


Making the most of digital reading technology is a priority for the Group.

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Digital Innovation

The digital revolution has transformed the book publishing business on a global scale. It is diversifying the experience of reading and learning, opening up new marketing frontiers to publishers and providing authors and…