Effective June 5, Diamond Comic Distributors will handle exclusive sales and distribution for Yen Press outside of North America in traditional and non-traditional book channels. This is an expansion of Yen's existing relationship with Diamond for the comic book specialty market and gives Diamond exclusive rights to offer Yen Press titles in the U.K. and Ireland.
Founded in 2006, Yen Press is a joint venture between Kadakowa Corporation and Hachette Book Group that publishes manga and graphic novels for adults and young readers. It also introduces light novels to new readers through its Yen On imprint.
Kurt Hassler, publisher and managing director of Yen Press, commented: "One of Yen's long-term goals has been to increase the availability of our books internationally. As we work with our licensors and creators to break down the boundaries that too often prevent us from putting books in readers' hands globally, Diamond's particular expertise with the comics and manga market around the world made them the natural choice as our partner in this effort."