Casemate Publishers has acquired the U.K. –based Oxbow Books Ltd. in a deal that also includes Oxbow’s The David Brown Book Company headquartered in Oakville, Ct.
The acquisition will broaden Casemate’s list beyond military history as it adds Oxbow—a leading U.K. publisher and distributor in the fields of academic archaeology and ancient and medieval history—as well as David Brown, an importer and reseller of books in the academic disciplines of archaeology, ancient history, philosophy, theology and other related fields.
According to Casemate, going forward, each unit of the new group will retain its brand and position in the market, and there will be a “pooling” of resources in the production of books and in sales and marketing. Oxbow proprietary titles and those of Oxbow’s and David Brown Book Company’s distribution clients will also gain access to Casemate’s e-book program.
Casemate president David Farnsworth said the acquisition gives Casemate the chance “to build a new kind of specialist publishing and distribution company,” that is positioned to take advantage of the different selling options that are now available ranging from "e-books to mail-order, from selling at conferences and society meetings to selling to large chain store retailers and everything in between. By marketing to and selling in both the trade and the academic market, both constituent companies will benefit from access to and the expertise in each other’s traditional markets leading to growth for both.”