Amazon Publishing's East Coast Group and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announce New Print Licensing Agreement
(Press Release) NEW YORK and SEATTLE-January 24, 2011—Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Amazon.com Inc. today announced a new licensing agreement between Amazon Publishing's East Coast Group and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's newly named New Harvest imprint. New Harvest will now publish all of Amazon Publishing's New York-based imprint's adult titles in print and distribute them in North America outside of the Amazon.com platform.
Amazon Publishing's East Coast Group, headed by Larry Kirshbaum, will publish narrative nonfiction, select literary fiction, business books and children's/YA. Among the authors on the launch list are Tim Ferriss, Penny Marshall, Deepak Chopra, and James Franco, as well as the works of debut novelists, thought leaders in the cultural, business and academic world, and distinguished journalists. Its first list will debut in Fall 2012.
"We have had great success with previous Amazon titles, including 'The Hangman's Daughter,' and we are thrilled to add New Harvest titles to the HMH list," said Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's adult trade division.
"Our goal has been, and remains, to introduce authors to as many readers as possible," said Larry Kirshbaum, Vice President and Publisher, Amazon Publishing, East Coast Group. "This new agreement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt enables us to broaden our distribution and get our books into more readers' hands."
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will also continue to work with Amazon Publishing's West Coast Group, headed by Victoria Griffith, under the Mariner banner. Under this relationship, which has been in place since April 2011, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will continue to sub-license a number of books from Amazon's Seattle-based imprints, which include AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, Thomas & Mercer, Montlake Romance and 47North.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Trade & Reference Division
With nearly two-centuries of award-winning history, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Trade and Reference Division continues to publish some of the most renowned novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works in hardcover, Mariner Books trade paperbacks and ebooks. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, 47 Pulitzer Prize winners, 13 National Book Award winners, and more than 100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Silbert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, as well as The Best American series, The American Heritage family of dictionaries, The Gourmet Cookbook and other culinary classics, and the Peterson Field Guides.