Partworks are collectible series, containing both a magazine and objects (figurines, collectibles or models to assemble). They offer consumers an opportunity to build up a full collection on a given theme, step by step, by buying one installment after another on a weekly or biweekly basis. Partworks are marketed as periodicals, distributed in community-based points of sale (newspaper and magazine stands) and through subscription. These collectible magazines, which often include objects or components, are tailored to different markets and available in many countries all around the world. They target both amateurs and connoisseurs alike, and have already attracted millions of collectors across the world with titles such as Build the Titanic, Build the Bismarck, A Century of Cars, The Universe, The Art of Knitting, Apprendre et connaître l’Astrologie, The Art of Crochet and Montres de gousset. Build the Titanic was, for instance, published in almost all of the countries in which the Group distributes partworks. Hachette Collections covers all the classic themes, from children’s interest to arts and crafts, fine arts, cars, models and more.
Hachette Livre began investing in partworks in 1988, with the acquisition of Salvat in Spain, followed by the creation of Hachette Collections in France in 1995. Over the years, it has expanded its international network with subsidiaries in several countries. Today, Hachette Collections publishes in 12 languages and is present in 27 countries, covering France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada with Hachette Collections; Spain, Portugal and Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru) with Salvat since the beginning of the 1990s; United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with Hachette Partworks since 1998; Italy since 1998 with Hachette Fascicoli; Germany, Austria and Poland since 2001; Japan since 2004 and recently Taiwan; Russia since 2009 and Central Europe (Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia) since 2011. And in 2013, the company began distributing partworks in Ukraine and Belarus, its most recent international expansion.