Hoping ‘it helps Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial increase its presence in the Catalan-language market,’ the company buys the 34-year-old La Campana Llibres.
oday (July 30), Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (PRHGE) has announced the completion of its acquisition of the Barcelona-based independent Catalan publisher La Campana Llibres.
La Campana was established in 1985 by Josep María Espinàs and Isabel Martí, and is credited in Penguin Random House’s media messaging with publishing four of the 10 bestselling Catalan-language titles of the past decade:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio, with more than 100,000 copies sold
La noia del tren by Paula Hawkins
L’avui de 100 anys que se va a escapar per la finestra by Jonas Jonasson
Victus by Albert Sánchez Piñol
The terms of the transaction aren’t being disclosed, but the buy is being signaled as meaning that Grupo Editorial intends to “reinforce and expand its position in the Catalan-language market.” La Campana Llibres
Press materials say, “Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will preserve La Campana’s publishing orientation and editorial identity and continue publishing Catalan-language originals and translations of fiction and nonfiction works in hardcover and trade paperback” Formats are to include mass-market paperback, ebooks and audiobooks.
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