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Hachette Book Group Forms Contract to Acquire Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Hachette-Book-Group-LARGE11-300x89Hachette Book Group has established an agreement to acquire Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. The executives have designated Black Dog & Levinthal to be a new division at the Hachette Books imprint.

J.P. Leventhal founded the company in 1993; it specializes in publishing illustrated books and creative non-fiction titles. Hachette plans to retain the management team with Leventhal as publisher, Maureen Winter as associate publisher, and Rebecca Koh as editorial director.

Here’s more from the press release: “The impressive range and variety of the Black Dog & Leventhal list is evident in their recent bestsellers, which include The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, Skyscrapers, Take Me Out to the Ballpark, The Complete Front Pages of the New York Times, The Louvre: All the Paintings, Theodore Gray’s The Elements, as well as the more recent Molecules, which is currently on the New York Times science bestseller list. The company publishes 20 to 30 books per year, in the categories of art, history, science, humor, cooking, crafts, music, and theatre, as well as a selection of books for young readers.”

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Barack Obama Inspires Book Crashing Behavior

The Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Trachtenberg reports on Black Dog & Leventhal‘s attempt to cash in on Barack Obama‘s presidential bid in record time – so much so, Trachtenberg explains, that less than a month after Obama formally announced his candidacy, Black Dog’s HOPES AND DREAMS: THE STORY OF BARACK OBAMA is hitting bookstores nationwide. Black Dog has printed 100,000 copies of the book, written by Steve Dougherty, including paperbacks priced at $9.95 as well as a special hardcover edition for Barnes & Noble priced at $9.98.

“People can’t get enough of Barack Obama,” said Bruce Lubin, vice president of book development at Barnes & Noble, who expressed interest in a title if the book could be crashed – the quicker, the better. “We think there’s an audience.” Lubin declined to say how many books Barnes & Noble has ordered, but described the chain’s commitment as “strong.” The 128-page book, printed in a magazine-style size and full of photographs of its subject, is being offered in prime front-of-the-store locations and on current-events tables. The book’s publisher, J.P. Leventhal, said that altogether he has invested a bit less than $200,000 in the entire project. “It’s a gamble,” he says. “We will know in two weeks or so if it’s a success.” Because if not, that’s a hell of an investment to make and not get much out of it…