Arcadia Publishing Acquires The History Press Inc.


Arcadia Publishing Acquires The History Press Inc.

Charleston, SC – July 9, 2014 – Arcadia Publishing today announced the acquisition of The History Press Inc., a wholly owned US based subsidiary of UK based The History Press Ltd, in a private sale. The deal creates the largest publisher of local and regional books in the U.S. with a staggering combined total of more than 12,000 titles available for sale.

Arcadia is committed to maintaining the creative aspects of both businesses and will keep existing brands entirely separate.

In a message sent to Arcadia and History Press employees late Monday, Arcadia Publishing CEO Richard Joseph shared the following:

“I have given a lot of thought as to what we are about and where our future lies. The combination of Arcadia Publishing and The History Press creates the largest and most comprehensive publisher of local and regional content in the USA. By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, we create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level, enrich lives, and bring readers closer – to their community, their neighbors, and their past. We are committed to the pursuit of new growth opportunities and to increasing the availability, depth, and breadth of local books. Driven by genuine pride in our work and an infectious enthusiasm for what we do, we are universally dedicated to the success of our authors, employees and stakeholders.”

Commenting on the sale, Stuart Biles, Chief Executive of The History Press Ltd said, “We are enormously proud of the fine company we have built together in just a few short years. We’re extremely sad to see the business leave our group, but have to recognize the significant benefits which will be achieved by joining History Press Inc. with Arcadia, both creatively and operationally. We thank Brittain Phillips for his leadership, and his team, for their substantial contribution to our business.”

The new partnership will strengthen the foundation of both businesses and Joseph is hugely excited for the future. “We’re joining the talented staff of two great companies and together we’ll continue creating books people love. We hear moving stories from readers every day that remind us that the content we produce is personal, relevant, and valuable,” he said.

About Arcadia Publishing

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Best known for its iconic “Images of America” series, each book chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the nation in a unique pictorial format. Discover more than 9,000 local books at

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The History Press brings a new way of thinking to history publishing—preserving and enriching community by empowering history enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences. Since 2004 we have published more than 2,000 of the highest quality local and regional titles from coast to coast. Discover more at

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