Groupe Albin Michel is one of France’s foremost literary and educational publishers. Its imprints include Les editions Albin Michel; the educational group Magnard-Vuibert (with Delagrave, Casteilla, and Librairie des écoles); De Vecchi; and a 40% share of Le Livre de Poche, of which Hachette owns 60%.

Albin Michel’s authors include Amélie Nothomb, Yasmina Reza, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Katherine Pancol, and Valerie Martin. American authors include Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, and Thomas Harris.

Albin Michel releases approximately 500 new titles per year, with a backlist of more than 6,000 titles. The total number of employees is 488.
The house was founded in 1901 by Albin Michel, grandfather of the current president and publisher, Francis Esménard.

Key company developments in 2011 & first half of 2012


As a privately held company, Albin Michel has presented flat annual revenues for the past five years. Operating income for 2011 was 10 million EUR, with net profits at 7 million EUR.

Ownership, mergers & acquisition, internal organization:





In September 2011, Albin Michel, together with Flammarion and Gallimard, decided to drop charges against Google for their library digitization project.

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