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JKP acquired by Hachette UK.


Online book news company The Bookseller announced on Thursday that Hachette UK has acquired Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) for an undisclosed sum.

JKP, an independent publisher for 30 years. specialised in social and mental health sciences. It claims a strong autism list and a social justice agenda, with new areas of commissioning to include gender diversity and Chinese medicine under the Singing Dragon imprint.

Jessica Kingsley founder of JKP will work with the company on a consultancy basis until mid-2018 when she will retire. The shareholders of JKP and Hachette UK signed and completed the acquisition agreement on Thursday (29th November), transferring ownership with immediate effect, and JKP becoming an imprint of John Murray Press under Nick Davies.

45 members of JKP staff in the UK and five in the US will all continue to work for the publisher under its new ownership.

Jessica Kingsley revealed that JKP had approached Hachette UK to buy the company after appreciating its efforts to lead the way on diversity issues and had found it "incredibly welcoming". Kingsley said she was flattered Hachette wanted to keep the company "going as it is" and that the "muscle" of the corporate would also help JKP extend its reach and provide additional opportunities for staff.

According to Hachette, all contracts remain valid and there will be "no disruption" for authors, customers, freelancers, distribution partners or suppliers.

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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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