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.
Media Man Australia does not represent Virgin
Man Australia has assisted on some Virgin Books
Man Australia does do business with a number of
business arms of Virgin Enterprises Limited