Partworks are collectible series, containing both a magazine and objects (figurines, collectibles or models to assemble). They offer consumers an opportunity to build up a full collection on a given theme, step by step, by buying one installment after another on a weekly or biweekly basis. Partworks are marketed as periodicals, distributed in community-based points of sale (newspaper and magazine stands) and through subscription. These collectible magazines, which often include objects or model components, are tailored to different markets and available in many countries around the world. They target both amateurs and connoisseurs alike, and have already attracted millions of collectors across the world with titles such as Build the Bismarck, A Century of Cars, The Universe, The Art of Knitting, Learn & Understand Astrology, The Art of Crochet and Classic Pocket Watches. Build the Titanic was, for instance, published in almost all of the countries in which the Group distributes partworks. Hachette Collections covers all the classic themes, from children’s interest to arts and crafts, fine arts, cars, models and more.
A Wide Variety of Partworks for the International Market
France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria
Hachette Livre began investing in partworks in 1988 with the acquisition of Salvat in Spain, followed by the creation of Hachette Collections in France in 1995. Over the years, it has expanded its international network with subsidiaries in several countries. Today, Hachette Collections publishes in 15 languages and is present in 35 countries, with operations overseen by seven offices in France, Spain, the U.K., Italy, Poland, Japan and (since 2009) Russia.