Rowman & Littlefield Buys Pineapple Press

Effective tomorrow, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group is purchasing Pineapple Press, Sarasota, Fla., which was founded in 1982 by June and David Cussen and publishes a range of titles about Florida, including art, folklore, gardening, history, nature and travel. Pineapple's list of more than 400 titles includes A Land Remembered, a historical novel by Patrick D. Smith that has sold more than 250,000 copies. June and David 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, Rowman & Littlefield's trade division. Globe Pequot publishes books on New England, the Mid-Atlantic and West, and its other regional imprints include Down East Books, which publishes books about Maine, and Two Dot, publisher of books on the Rocky Mountain region.

Immediately with the sale, Rowman & Littlefield's sister company National Book Network will handle sales and distribution of Pineapple Press titles. They had been sold and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. Ingram's CoreSource will continue to manage the company's e-books.

Jed Lyons, president and CEO of Rowman & Littlefield, 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."

June and David 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."

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