Amazon Buys Avalon Books, Publisher in Romance and MysteriesBy JULIE BOSMAN
Amazon.com has expanded its publishing reach again by acquiring Avalon Books, a small, 62-year-old publisher that specializes in romance and mysteries.
The purchase includes more than 3,000 back-list titles, Amazon said, adding that the books will be published under Amazon’s imprints based in Seattle.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Ellen Bouregy Mickelsen, the publisher of Avalon Books, said in a statement: “I’ve been running Avalon Books – which was founded by my father — since 1995, and it is time for me to explore the next chapter of my life. I chose Amazon Publishing because they care deeply about the writers, readers, and categories that have long mattered to our family business and they are uniquely positioned to assure that our titles make the leap forward into the digital future.”
Amazon made a similar move last December when it acquired hundreds of titles from Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books.