The Girl with the Amazon Tattoo
As we reported, independent publisher of Stieg Larsson fame Quercus has been up for sale since January. There’s nothing confirmed about Quercus’s sale, but there’s a lot of speculation this week. The Folio Prize was awarded a few days ago and when book people are together, drinking and celebrating authors like George Saunders, they gossip about which bookish companies are about to eat other bookish companies.
Liz Thomson of (in an article later posted without a paywall by PW) reports that there are a few companies interested in the acquisition. Orion is the most likely. When Mark Smith and Wayne Davies founded Quercus together in 2004, they had been working together in the custom publishing division, Smith serving as the managing director and Davies as the publishing director. Orion is owned by Hachette Livre, and the second-largest publisher in the world may be interested in Quercus’s backlist.
The other two parties rumored to be interested in taking over Quercus are Head of Zeus and Amazon. Head of Zeus is unlikely, since Smith and former Zeus CEO Anthony Cheetham left the company “acrimoniously,” according to Thomson.
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