Baker buys Hendrickson academic titles

August 6, 2010

Here’s a news release that may be of interest.

Baker Publishing Group acquires academic titles from Hendrickson Publishers.

Baker Publishing Group and Hendrickson Publishers have signed a letter of intent regarding approximately 300 existing and forthcoming academic titles published by Hendrickson. The titles, some from authors previously published by Baker, will be purchased by Baker Publishing Group and enfolded into Baker Academic.

Academic books have been a core part of Baker from the very beginning. Over the years, the company has increased its investment in this area, becoming a significant outlet for books that extend the academic conversation. “We have long admired the academic publishing line that Hendrickson Publishers has built,” notes Dwight Baker, president, Baker Publishing Group. “I count it both a privilege and a responsibility to see these books transferred into our care. I am confident that our academic staff will be wise stewards, serving both authors and readers well, recognizing the investment of time, energy, and resources these books represent.”

“I’m very proud of Hendrickson’s academic list of books, which has provided a strong foundation of our business for 30 years,” says CEO Ray Hendrickson. “Over the last few years, our business has expanded in new directions, and we have decided to focus our energies and resources on the areas in which we have developed particular expertise, primarily Bibles and Bible reference.

“It has been of the utmost importance to me that we find the perfect home for our academic authors and books, and I’m delighted and proud to pass the baton to Baker Academic, which has proven itself to be a publisher of great distinction in this very specialized field,” Hendrickson continued.

The two family-owned companies have enjoyed a cordial relationship and constructive partnerships for decades, and they are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for all concerned—authors, accounts, and readers. The terms of the purchase are not being disclosed. After a period of due diligence, the companies plan an Oct. 1 target date for the transition of titles to be complete. More information on the specifics of orders and returns will be provided by both companies as soon as it becomes available.

The original news release can be found here.

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