Start Publishing has acquired North American e-book and, where available, audio rights to 16 titles published by the U.K’s. Accent Press. The books are a mix of romance and science fiction.

Start Publishing president Jarred Weisfeld said the deal is part of Start’s strategy “to not just buy companies, but to increase our catalog through quality content from foreign and domestic publishers and agents.”

Over the last two years, Start has been aggressively acquiring publishing companies with its biggest purchase coming last November when it bought Cleis Press.