Three words sum up the Group’s commitment: diversity, independence and responsibility.
Hachette Livre, a subsidiary of the French media giant the Lagardère Group and a repository of part of France’s cultural heritage, is pushing beyond its historical borders, pursuing the adventure Louis Hachette began in 1826. Today, Hachette Livre brings together a broad spectrum of prestigious publishers covering the entire consumer and education book market. Three words sum up its commitment: diversity, independence and responsibility.
The Hachette Livre Group is a constellation of publishers, in which novels and textbooks appear alongside travel guides, partworks and cookbooks. A shared focus on quality drives the Group’s imprints, which develop independently and cultivate their particular identities. Independence, specific to publishing, spawns creativity. Publishers perform best when they are close to their markets, their authors and their readers. Diversity contributes to the Group’s financial soundness. By covering all editorial genres in English, French and Spanish, the Group can weather adverse market conditions and deliver consistent results. As a result, its publishing houses — some dating back more than a century — can nurture the best that the written word has to offer, in both print and digital formats.
In this way, Hachette Livre is well equipped to meet challenges such as the ambitions of Internet giants, the consolidation of book retailing and the advent of digital e-readers. The Group is expanding into new markets. While maintaining a primary focus on our three languages – English, French and Spanish – Hachette Livre is also an active publisher in Russia, China, Africa and the Arab world. Our partworks business encompasses nearly a dozen languages. Digital entertainment is opening up markets as well, with mobile games representing a new growth opportunity.
At the same time, Hachette Livre is acknowledging an environmental and social responsibility: It is the first publisher to conduct a triennial Scope 3 carbon footprint assessment. We also support many nonprofits worldwide, including NQT in France, which promotes employment opportunities for recent graduates hailing from low-income communities.
Fortified by our diversity and our standing as the third-largest book publisher for the general public in the world, we are tackling these challenges with zeal and determination.