Our businesses

A strong European presence

As the home of successful publishing houses, digital subscription service BookBeat and two retail chains, Bonnier Books is a strong player in the market.

We run decentralised, locally based publishing houses and businesses, all with their own strong management. Even though we encourage local management, we also see a strength in collaborating in areas such as governance, capital structure, IT Security & privacy, M&A, production, sustainability, publishing rights and above all through knowledge transfer. Since 2019, we have adopted a sustainability perspective as an integral part of everything we do.

The book business is, in many ways, hyper local. Taste is largely local, but we see structural differences too: we operate in fixed-price or free markets, the book’s cultural status varies across geographies, and some countries are more digitalised than others. The mix of these factors greatly affects how a market behaves and thus how a publisher should act. In addition, we have completely different market positions and, to some extent, publishing profiles in different countries.

The businesses’ share of Bonnier Books’ net sales 2020