1 May 2018
Bloomsbury has acquired independent non-fiction publisher I B Tauris, a specialist in Middle Eastern and political publishing.
I.B.Tauris has long been recognised as one of the leading publishers on the Middle East and the Islamic World and has a major presence in Classics and Ancient History, History, Geography and Social Sciences, Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, Religion, Film and Visual Culture, and Fine Art including the internationally recognised Fine Art imprint Philip Wilson Publishers. We also publish the popular Tauris Parke Paperbacks imprint specializing in history, travel and biography.
I B Tauris, founded in 1983, publishes 300 new books internationally every year and has approximately 3,000 books available in either hardcover, paperback or digital editions. The I B Tauris publishing catalogue aligns with Bloomsbury’s academic publishing in the humanities, and broadens its publishing in the social sciences, particularly in Middle East Studies and International Relations where I B Tauris has been a leader, said Bloomsbury.
Bloomsbury described the I.B.Tauris publishing programme as “original, cutting-edge content.” Jonathan Glasspool, managing director of Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional Division, said “I.B.Tauris has a world-renowned list in Middle Eastern, Politics and International Relations, which complements Bloomsbury’s humanities programme. I.B.Tauris’s authors in the arts and humanities – including those from its internationally recognized Fine Art imprint Philip Wilson Publishers – will benefit from the wider reach and scale of Bloomsbury’s international operation, as well as Bloomsbury’s investments in academic digital resources through its 2020 initiative," said Glasspool.
Bagherzade, who will remain, as Publishing Director in the new Bloomsbury/I.B.Tauris relationship, where the I.B.Tauris and PWP imprints will be retained, emphasized that I.B.Tauris authors and staff would benefit markedly from Bloomsbury’s digital, marketing and sales heft. “This is where the old maxim was never truer,” he said. “The whole will be greater than the sum of its parts.”