HarperCollins has acquired the trade book assets of AMACOM from the American Management Association International.

Through the purchase, HC will take over all frontlist and backlist titles, sales, distribution, and licensing of the more than 600 books in AMACOM’s catalog. AMACOM’s titles focus primarily on personal and professional growth, as well as business leadership.

HC will continue to use the AMACOM Books name, and will place make the unit a sub-imprint of the recently launched HarperCollins Leadership (HCL) imprint, which is run out of the company’s Nashville, Tenn., office.

Business development, marketing and editorial for AMACOM will be led by Jeff James, v-p and publisher of HCL. HC is currently interviewing AMACOM employees about the potential of staying with the imprint.

Brian Murray, CEO of HC, said the purchase fits with the publisher’s plan to expand abroad. “Business, management and leadership are key growth areas for HarperCollins internationally,” said Murray. “The purchase of AMACOM’s trade publishing will allow us to broaden our catalog of books with potential in emerging markets, from Asia to South America.”

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