|1826||Louis Hachette, a 26-year-old graduate of France’s prestigious École Normale Supérieure, opens Brédif, a bookshop located near the Sorbonne in Paris.|
|1833||The Guizot Schools Law is voted, requiring every municipality to open a primary school. Louis Hachette has been putting together an alphabet primer since 1829 and is the only one capable of responding to the public order for a million textbooks.|
|1846||The company L. Hachette et Compagnie is founded on January 1. Emile Littré signs a contract with Louis Hachette to publish a dictionary, the first volumes of which appear in 1863.|
|1852||Louis Hachette signs a concession contract with seven railway companies to create station bookstalls that sell travel guides, such as the Guides Joanne, and novels by such authors as Charles Dickens, Gérard de Nerval and George Sand, along with works from the children’s series|
Bibliothèque rose, including those by La Comtesse de Ségur.
|1864||Louis Hachette passes away on July 31.|
|1896||The monthly Lecture pour tous (Reading|
for all) is launched.
|1914||Hachette acquires Hetzel, the publisher of Jules Verne.|
|1919||The Guides Joanne become the Guides bleus. The children’s collection Bibliothèque verte is founded. Hachette et Cie becomes Librairie Hachette.|
|1953||Henri Filipacchi pushes for the creation of the paperback imprint Livre de Poche.|
|1954||The publishers Grasset and Fasquelle join Librairie Hachette.|
|1958||Arthème Fayard joins Librairie Hachette.|
|1961||Stock joins Librairie Hachette.|
|1977||Librairie Hachette becomes Hachette SA.|
|1978||A distribution centre – the Centre de Distribution du Livre – is founded in Maurepas, southwest of Paris.|
|1980||Matra Group, chaired by Jean-Luc Lagardère,|
acquires Hachette SA.
|1980||The French publisher Jean-Claude Lattès joins Hachette SA.|
|1988||The Spanish publisher Editorial Salvat joins Hachette SA.|
|1992||Hachette SA’s publishing assets form Hachette Livre.|
|1993||Calmann-Lévy joins Hachette Livre.|
|1996||Groupe Alexandre Hatier joins Hachette Livre.|
|1998||The UK publishers Orion (Gollancz, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Phoenix) and Cassell join Hachette Livre.|
|2000||The Polish publisher Wiedza i Zycie joins Hachette Livre.|
|2001||Bruño in Spain and Octopus in Great Britain join Hachette Livre.|
|2003||Hachette Livre acquires the publishers Larousse, Armand Colin, Dunod in France and the Anaya Group in Spain from Vivendi when its publishing assets are put up for sale.|
|2004||The UK group Hodder Headline (Headline, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Hodder Children’s Books, Hodder Education, Hodder Headline Australia and New Zealand) joins Hachette Livre, combining|
with Orion, Octopus and Franklin Watts to create the Hachette UK group.
|2006||Time Warner Book Group in the United States (Warner Books, which became Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Bulfinch Press, Warner Faith, Center Street and Time Warner|
Audio Books) joins Hachette Livre. Today, they form Hachette Book Group. Little, Brown Book Group joins Hachette UK.
|2007||Piatkus and Philip Allan (UK), Pika (France), Patria (Mexico) join Hachette Livre.|
|2008||The French publisher Éditions des Deux Terres joins Hachette Livre. Hachette India is founded. Hachette Livre acquires 60% of Albert René, the publisher of|
A joint venture is initiated in China with Phoenix Publishing & Media Group (PPMG). HBG establishes a subsidiary company, Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., to market its titles to national accounts in Canada. A joint venture is initiated in
Lebanon with Librairie Antoine.