Lanham, MD — Pineapple Press has been purchased by the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. effective July 13, 2018. Rowman & Littlefield is an independent book publisher founded in 1949 and headquartered outside Washington, D.C.
Pineapple Press was founded in 1982 by June and David Cussen. Based in Sarasota, Florida, the company is the leading publisher of books on all things Florida, including art, folklore, gardening, history, nature and travel.
Ingram Publisher Services will stop sales and distribution of all Pineapple Press books as of July 13, 2018. National Book Network (NBN), the sister company of Rowman & Littlefield, will assume sales and distribution roles as of July 14, 2018. Ingram’s CoreSource will continue to manage the company’s ebooks.
Pineapple’s list of more than 400 titles includes bestsellers such as the iconic work of historical fiction, A Land Remembered, by Patrick D. Smith which has sold more than 250,000 copies since it was first published in 1983. David and June Cussen will continue to oversee the editorial acquisition efforts for Pineapple Press until a new Florida office is opened.
Pineapple Press will become an imprint of Globe Pequot, the trade division of Rowman & Littlefield. The 70-year-old Globe Pequot imprint publishes local books on New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and West. Other regional imprints of the trade division include 50-year-old Down East Books, the leading publisher of books about Maine and Two Dot, publisher of regional books on the Rocky Mountain region. Other imprints in the Globe Pequot trade division include Falcon Guides, the leading publisher of hiking guides, Lyons Press, publisher of general nonfiction, Stackpole Books, 90 -year -old publisher of books on history, nature, crafts and fishing, and Muddy Boots Books, a children’s imprint.
Jed Lyons, President and CEO, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. said, “ The addition of Florida’s leading regional publisher, Pineapple Press, enhances our regional trade program and adds hundreds of first-rate books on the fastest growing state in the nation. With more than 2,000 new residents arriving in the state each day, Florida is now the third largest state in the nation. The Cussens have built a wonderful business which we will do our best to preserve and grow in the future under the Pineapple name.”
David and June Cussen said, “We are happy to know that all our treasured books and authors will be in good hands. We trust that Rowman & Littlefield will carry through with the philosophy that we started with in 1982: publishing the best of all Florida has to offer with its long history and precious natural setting.”
About Rowman & Littlefield
Rowman & Littlefield is one of the largest independent book publishers in North America. Located just outside Washington DC, the company has strengths in academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, educational publishing for K-12, outdoor guides, sports recreation and trade publishing. Rowman & Littlefield publishes approximately 2,000 new books annually along with electronic editions. Rowman & Littlefield International was founded in 2013 in London. It also owns National Book Network (NBN) which offers distribution services to other book publishers. www.rowman.com