23 April 2010
Hodder Education to acquire Royal Society of Medicine Press books programme and Examdoctor.co.uk
Hodder Education, part of the Hachette UK group, announces today that it has reached an agreement with the Royal Society of Medicine Press to acquire both their commercial books programme and the medical exam preparation website Examdoctor.co.uk. The programme comprises approximately 200 existing titles and a new publishing programme of 20 titles a year. Hodder Education, through its Health Sciences imprint Hodder Arnold, will continue to publish and develop RSM Books using the RSM logo under licence from The Royal Society of Medicine.
Philip Shaw, Managing Director of Hodder Education's Tertiary Publishing, commented, "We are delighted that the RSM has selected Hodder as a home for its strong programme of postgraduate medicine publications and as a future partner for the development of the RSM Books brand. We are also very excited to have acquired Examdoctor. We believe that the website has a great future in the fast growing market for online health sciences self-assessment and revision resources and we intend to build on the excellent work of RSM Press in creating the site".
Peter Richardson, Managing Director of RSM Press said, "This sale to Hodder represents a strategic move to focus our resources on our journals and other online products and services. We will also continue to publish custom books sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and other third parties. We are delighted to have found such a good home for our well-known commercial book list which has particular strengths in the exam revision market. We have also been proud to develop Examdoctor, with its rapidly growing reputation in the online medical exam market, and are confident that this, along with our book list, will flourish under Hodder's ownership. We look forward very much to collaborating with Hodder on the future development of the RSM Books brand in the market."
Hodder Education is one of the UK’s leading educational publishers. Hachette UK is the largest and one of the most successful and diversified book publishers in the UK. The UK group is made up of several publishing companies and imprints including Hachette Children’s Books, Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, Hodder Education, Little, Brown Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group and Orion Publishing Group with international companies Hachette Book Group Australia, Hachette New Zealand, Hachette India, Hachette Ireland and Hachette Scotland.
Hachette UK is owned by Hachette Livre, the second largest publisher in the world, based in France, and led by Président Directeur Général Arnaud Nourry. Hachette Livre is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère, a leading company on the Paris stock exchange.
RSM Press is the publishing arm of The Royal Society of Medicine, an independent, apolitical organisation founded over 200 years ago. The RSM is one of the largest providers of continuing medical education in the UK. It runs accredited courses and more than 400 academic meetings each year for medical and health professionals.