|Founded||2001 in Havertown, PA|
|Country of origin||United States of America|
|Headquarters location||Havertown, Pennsylvania|
|Distribution||Books International (US, UK)|
|Key people||David Farnsworth; President, Alan Mabley; Managing Director, Casemate UK & Oxbow Books, Christopher Butler; Group CFO, Ruth Sheppard; Publisher, Casemate, Dr. Julie Gardiner, Publisher, Oxbow Books, Curtis Key; Group VP, Digital Services and Publishing Operations, Michaela Goff; VP Sales, Marketing & Client Relations, Rajni Varsani; VP Finance|
|Imprints||Casemate Publishers, Oxbow Books, Windgather Press|
|No. of employees||40 (Group) (2019)|
Casemate Publishers, also known as Casemate, is a Philadelphia-based publishing company that specializes in producing printed military history books. They have published over 300 books on military history. Many of their books are memoirs and historical overviews of specific military events. They also distribute books for other publishing companies and market their products to enthusiasts, hobbyists, students, instructors, and researchers of military history, as well as members of the armed forces and military organizations.
Casemate Publishers was established in 2001, when Combined Publishing‘s US operations were sold to Perseus Books Group and rolled into its Da Capo imprint. The running of their distribution operation was taken over by Combined Publishing’s sales director David Farnsworth, who created new distribution company Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors LLC. Casemate began distributing books in North America for publishers, specializing in military history. The company also began to publish its own military history books and since 2001 has expanded its publishing output to 75 book titles a year.
Creation of Casemate UK
In July 2007, Casemate supported a management buyout of the Greenhill Books/Chatham Publishing distribution operation and sales team from Lionel Leventhal Ltd and set up a new company, Casemate UK Ltd. As a result, Casemate UK became responsible for the sales, marketing, and distribution of a number of military history and art book publishers.
Purchase of Oxbow Books
In December 2011, Casemate UK's parent company, Casemate Publishers Ltd bought leading archaeology publisher and bookseller Oxbow Books, together with its US operation, The David Brown Book Company from its founder, David Brown on his retirement. Oxbow was founded in Oxford in the UK in 1983, and is still based there. Oxbow Books currently publishes 80 books a year. With the acquisition of Oxbow Books, Casemate also acquired Oxbow's North American distribution arm, The David Brown Company which was founded in 1991. In 2013 The David Brown Book Company was rebranded as Casemate Academic. Casemate Academic provides specialist sales, marketing, and distribution to leading institutions and publishers from around the world in the US market.
Acquisition of International Publishers Marketing
In 2015, Casemate acquired International Publishers Marketing, from Books International and merged its existing Athena brand into a new division, Casemate IPM. Casemate IPM is Casemate's general trade distribution arm.
Acquisition of Dufour Editions distribution business
In 2019 Casemate acquired the distribution business of US based Dufour Editions and thus at a stroke Casemate IPM became the largest distributor of books for Scottish, Irish and Welsh publishers in the United States. Dufour continues to publish under its own imprint and is distributed by Casemate IPM.
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