|Parent company||Perseus Books Group|
Robert S. Miller
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York City|
|Key people||Susan Weinberg (SVP and publisher, Perseus Books Group)|
Mary Ann Naples (vice president and publisher)
Hachette Books, formerly Hyperion Books, is a general-interest book imprint of the Perseus Books Group division of Hachette Book Group established in 1990. Hachette publishes general-interest fiction and non-fiction books for adults. A former subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, it was originally named after Hyperion Avenue, the location of Walt Disney Studios prior to 1939.
Hyperion Books was founded in 1990 from scratch with no backlist under Disney's then-C.E.O. Michael Eisner and Robert S. Miller. Hyperion's strategy was to not purchase backlists, to go after newer or lesser known authors and to "capitalize on Disney talent and products." Hyperion Books for Children (HBC) and Disney Press were launched in 1990 too. The Disney Publishing Group was incorporated in January 1992 and included the already formed Hyperion Books, Hyperion Books for Children, Disney Press and other units. Hyperion took losses until 1994 when it published its most successful book to date, Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen with 1.1 million copies sold. In March 1995 with the market too crowded with Disney books, Hyperion Books for Children merged with Disney Press. Hyperion Books for Children started a new imprint, Jump at the Sun, in September 1998 for the African-American children's market. In April 1999, Hyperion Books, sans its for-children stable mate, was transferred to Disney's ABC Group.
In May 2004, Hyperion and Wenner Media agreed to a publishing and distribution deal for Wenner's new imprint Wenner Books beginning in spring 2005. On September 28, 2007, the Hyperion Books division moved its offices from the ABC headquarters at 77 West 66th Street to the Disney Publishing Worldwide offices at 114 Fifth Avenue, occupying two floors of the building, during the course of a partial move of Hyperion's operations to White Plains, New York.
In June 2013, Hachette announced that it would acquire Hyperion from Disney. In the deal, Hachette will take on Hyperion's adult trade list including works by Mitch Albom and Michael J. Fox and 25 books to be published. Hyperion's books related to existing Disney-ABC Television Group properties and young adult titles will join the Disney-Hyperion imprint at Disney Publishing Worldwide. In March 2014, Hyperion was renamed Hachette Books with the naming of Crown Archetype editor-in-chief Mauro DiPreta as vice-president and publisher. On October 12, 2017, Hachette Book Group discontinued Weinstein Books imprint due to the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations with staff and titles being transferred to Hachette Books.
In January 2015, Black Dog & Leventhal (BD&L) was purchased by Hachette Book Group becoming an imprint of Hachette Books with J.P. Leventhal, continuing as publisher of the imprint he founded in 1992. With Leventhal's retirement announcement on October 17, 2017, BD&L imprint was transferred to Running Press. In 2018, Hachette Books became an imprint of Perseus Books Group with publisher DiPreta exiting the unit. Concurrently, Da Capo Press and Da Capo's Lifelong became part of Hachette. Perseus Books Groups hired in April 2019 Mary Ann Naples from Disney Publishing as Hachette Books vice president and publisher.