01.09.11 | Charlotte Williams - The BooksellerBloomsbury has acquired independent food list Absolute Press, set up by publisher Jon Croft in 1979.
Absolute Press specialises in high-end cookery titles, publishing Keith Floyd's first title in 1981. Its titles include vegetarian cookbook Terre a Terre by Amanda Powley, The Ultimate Student Cookbook by Fiona Beckett and The Marmite Cookbook by Paul Hartley. The list contains about 100 in print titles, with Bloomsbury intending to continue to publish 15-20 titles a year on the Absolute Press imprint.
The deal was concluded today (1st September) with both parties declining to reveal the value of the deal. Croft will continue to work for the list as a consultant for Bloomsbury, commissioning authors and titles, and will employ Absolute Press commissioning editor Meg Avent and art director Matt Inwood in a freelance capacity. The team will design and package the books for Bloomsbury, presenting the final discs for Bloomsbury to then publish, market, promote and distribute. Bloomsbury will pay for the cost of the books' packaging.
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