Angry Robot Books

The press release:

Leading Non-Fiction Publisher Acquires Specialist Sci-Fi Fiction & Fantasy Imprint

Following an acclaimed first year of publishing, the revolutionary science fiction imprint Angry Robot Books has parted company with HarperCollins UK. It will now run as an independent publishing imprint, with the full backing of niche publishing experts, Osprey Publishing.

Angry Robot will continue to operate from its Nottingham base and with its existing team under Marc Gascoigne, its founder and publisher. Marc said: “With the support of HarperCollins UK, my team and I have worked very hard on Angry Robot since it was founded. We have a great publishing programme in place and a dedicated bunch of supporters, the Robot Army, as well as some excellent sales of our first titles in the UK and an imminent launch into the USA. We are very pleased to have become part of the burgeoning Osprey empire. They understand our business and the enthusiasts who drive it.”

Chris Michaels, HarperCollins Digital Publisher, Fiction/Non-Fiction, who helped set-up Angry Robot, said: “Having helped build the foundations for a successful future, we are delighted that the Angry Robot team has found a new publishing partner in Osprey. We believe this will help them develop their niche offering, supported by Osprey’s specialist sales and marketing teams. We wish them good luck for the future.”

Marc Gascoigne added, “Our publishing programme for 2010/11 will be basically unaffected by these changes. There will be a short break while the transition is sorted out, but we will be re-launching in September 2010 and then it will be business as usual.”

Osprey’s move is a reflection of the company’s continuing strategic drive into niche communities that share a deep enthusiasm for their interest or hobby, whether it be military history (Osprey Publishing), heritage (Shire Books), or science fiction and fantasy.

Richard Sullivan, Marketing Director at Osprey commented: “We have a great deal of experience of serving specialist niches with a very tight product focus. Angry Robot is a great fit with our existing businesses. We are very excited about the opportunity to enter into a new market and we are looking forward to helping Angry Robot, its authors and its readers go to some exciting places.”

Given that Angry Robot Books doesn’t publish in my region (Canada), I can’t really speculate on the the sale of the imprint to Osprey Publishing, though it does seem odd that HarperCollins would pass on a (supposedly) successful imprint after so short a time, especially when Angry Robot Books was one of the more successful than most small publishing companies at embracing the idea of new media (twitter, social networking, eBooks, etc…). Still, it sounds like, after a brief hiatus, the publishing habits and schedules of Angry Robot Books will stay intact. But, can a niche non-fiction publisher like Osprey provide them with the support and distribution that HarperCollins was able back financially?

  • Jim May 11, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Osprey’s distribution services are handled by Random House. I’m sure they have the resources.

  • aidan May 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Cheers, Jim! That’s certainly one concern laid to rest.

  • Steve May 11, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Having read you have a KOBO, a fair number of their books where for sale on the KOBO site, at a great price 3 or 4 bucks Canadian. I am not sure if they are still there, but the few I picked up where great.

  • aidan May 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Hey Steve,

    I just had a look and couldn’t find any of the ARB books I’m interested in on Kobo. Did you buy them from their main website? There are a few I’d love to get my hands on, if even only in eBook form.

  • Steve May 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I bought all of the ARB books from KOBO directly in the last few weeks, the most recent last Thursday. I also checked and noticed they are no longer there. I was able to get the following Kell’s Legend, Walking the Tree, The World House, Moxyland, Slights, Sixty-One Nails, Edge, Nekropolis and
    Triumff. I went on a bit of an ARB binge, but at 4 bucks it was not to expensice. I think with the changes of yesterday or today they had to take them down. I hope when they go back up they are still only 3-4 dollars. I would hate to see the price has sky rocketed.

  • Mike May 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Looks like I may end up hitting Book Depository from Triumff at the least as I initially planned to wait for the US release. Still looking forward to getting my hands on some of Angry Robot’s titles once US releases are back on track.