Amazon Publishing Acquires Children's Imprint Marshall Cavendish

Now property of Amazon.

Over the past year, Amazon Publishing has developed most of the mass market and trade imprints that comprise a full-service publishing house, but they were lacking in one key area: children! The latest jewel in the Amazon Publishing crown is Marshall Cavendish, a children’s book imprint which supplies Amazon with a backlist of 450 children’s titles. As Amazon puts it in its press release, “The acquisition creates the foundation for Amazon Publishing to further expand into picture books, chapter books and Young Adult novels.”

“We’re excited to acquire the Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books titles and expand our publishing business in this area,” said Jeff Belle, vice president of Amazon Publishing, in a statement. “And since many of these titles are not readily available as eBooks, we see a chance to connect a terrific group of authors and illustrators with more readers. We also see the potential for similar deals across other categories in the future.” (Emphasis ours: it’s still growing!)