Yen Press and Square Enix to Distribute English-Language Manga Digitally Worldwide

Oct 13th 2012
NEW YORK, NY (October 13, 2012) – Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, and leading Japanese gaming and manga publisher Square Enix have reached an agreement to become global partners for the digital distribution of Square Enix's English-language manga.

Yen Press will distribute digitally the manga they have licensed from Square Enix through a variety of platforms internationally. This list of properties includes internationally renowned series like Black Butler, Soul Eater, and Pandora Hearts. All of these titles will continue to be available to users of the Square Enix Members Page, but all other outlets will be explored and serviced by Yen Press.

Kurt Hassler, Publishing Director of Yen Press, said of the agreement, "We could not be more thrilled to reach this unprecedented agreement with Square Enix to make these properties available digitally, not just to eager readers in North America and the UK but the world over."

“Advancements in technology and this agreement with Yen Press have given Square Enix the ability to greatly empower its authors,” said Ken-ichi Abe, Senior Manager, Digital Publishing Section of Square Enix of the deal. “The ability to provide English editions of our work worldwide will greatly enhance our ability to reach even greater numbers of manga fans. Meanwhile, we will continue to develop new and exciting stories. Please look forward to things to come!”

Titles published through this agreement will be available digitally starting in Winter 2012, with subsequent releases following thereafter.

SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content around the world. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: Final Fantasy®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, and Dragonquest® which has sold over 59 million units worldwide; Tomb Raider®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary Space Invaders®.

The company also owns a variety of manga titles including Fullmetal Alchemist®, which has published over 62 million copies, Soul Eater®, which has published over 13 million copies, and Black Buter®, which has published over 13 million copies. Square Enix is a Japan-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. can be found at: http://www.jp.square-enix.com/

Yen Press is an imprint of Hachette Book Group's Orbit division, dedicated to publishing graphic novels for adults and young readers. Yen Press' focus is primarily on licensed manga, but also publishes across the wide spectrum of the graphic novel market, including, but not limited to: original manga publications, original American comics/graphic novels, webcomics, licensed adaptations, and children's graphic novels. For more information, visit www.yenpress.com

Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second largest trade/educational publisher in the world. Hachette Book publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Nashville, Orbit, and Hachette Digital Media imprints. For more information, visit www.hachettebookgroup.com.

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