Virgin Books

Virgin Books

Virgin Books is a United Kingdom book publisher 90% owned by the publishing group Random House, and 10% owned by Virgin Enterprises, the company originally set up by Richard Branson as a record company.

Virgin established its book publishing arm in the late 1970s; in the latter part of the 1980s Virgin purchased several existing companies, including WH Allen, well-known among Doctor Who fans for their Target Books imprint; Virgin Books was incorporated into WH Allen in 1989, but in 1991 WH Allen was renamed Virgin Publishing Ltd.

Virgin Publishing's early success came with the Doctor Who New Adventures novels, officially-licensed full-length novels carrying on the story of the popular science-fiction television series following its cancellation in 1989. Virgin published this series from 1991 to 1997, as well as a range of Doctor Who reference books from 1992 to 1998 under the Doctor Who Books imprint.

In recent times the company is best known for its commercial non-fiction list, which includes business, health and lifestyle, music, film, and celebrity biographies. Richard Branson's autobiography Losing My Virginity (ISBN 9780753513002), released in 1998, was an international bestseller at the time, and continues to sell well. His follow up title Business Stripped Bare is published September 2008 (ISBN 9781905264438). More recently the company has enjoyed success with Robert H Frank's The Economic Naturalist (2008, ISBN 9780753513385), where the author had his economics students pose interesting questions from everyday life and explain them through economics.

Other popular ranges have included various erotic fiction lines (Black Lace for heterosexual women, Nexus for heterosexual men (fetish), Idol for gay men, Sapphire for lesbians).

Random House, through its United Kingdom division, acquired a 90% stake in the company in March 2007. (Credit: Wikipedia)


Virgin Books


Virgin Enterprises Limited

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