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A patient build-up


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
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 Le 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 center – the Centre de Distribution du Livre – is founded in Maurepas, southwest of Paris.
1980
Matra Group, chaired by Jean-Luc Lagardère, acquires Hachette SA. éditions JC 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 joinst Hachette Livre.
1995
Creation of Hachette Collections which will go on to become the second largest publisher of partworks in the world.
1996
Groupe Alexandre Hatier joins Hachette Livre.
1998
The UK publishers Orion (Gollancz, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Phoenix) and Cassell join Hachette Livre.
2001
Bruño in Spain and Octopus in Great Britain join Hachette Livre.
2003
Hachette Livre acquires publishers (Larousse, Armand Colin and Dunod in France as well as the Anaya Group in Spain) when Editis is put up for sale by Vivendi.
2004
The UK group Hodder Headline (Headline, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Hodder Children’s Books, Hodder Education, Hodder Headline Australia 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) and 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 éditions Albert-René, the publisher of Astérix.
2009
A joint venture is initiated in China with Phoenix Publishing & Media Group (PPMG). Hachette Book Group 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.
2011
Hachette Livre becomes the sole shareholder of éditions Albert-René. Hachette Livre acquires a 25% stake in the Russian publishing group Azbooka-Atticus.
2013
Hachette Book Group purchases Disney’s adult trade publishing imprint, Hyperion, to be relaunched and expanded as a new division, Hachette Books.
2014
Hachette UK acquires Constable & Robinson, now an imprint within Little, Brown Book Group. Hodder & Stoughton (UK) acquires Quercus. Hachette Livre becomes a 49% shareholder of Russian publishing group Azbooka-Atticus. Hodder Education (Hachette UK) acquires Pearson’s textbook catalogue aimed at English-speaking areas of the Caribbean.
2015
Hodder Education (Hachette UK) acquires the UK educational publisher Rising Stars. Hachette Book Group acquires US publishing house Black Dog & Leventhal. Hachette Livre acquires French publishing house Kero. Hodder Education (Hachette UK) acquires Pearson’s educational catalogue for the Singaporean market.
2016
Hachette Book Group acquires Perseus’s publishing business. Hachette UK acquires Neon Play, a mobile games company, and Hachette Livre acquires Brainbow, a mobile app company, makers of Peak.