Charleston-based publishers of local, regional books merge

"College of Charleston" is part of Arcadia Publishing's College History Series.

Two Lowcountry book publishers have merged.

Arcadia Publishing has acquired The History Press Inc., the Charleston-based U.S subsidiary of British-owned The History Press Ltd.

Financial terms of the sale, which was finalized earlier this month, were not disclosed.

Arcadia said the deal creates the largest publisher of local and regional books in the country, with a combined total of more than 12,000 titles available for sale.

The two companies will merge warehouse and distribution functions to save costs, but otherwise they will continue to operate for now as standalone businesses from separate offices.

"We are committed to the pursuit of new growth opportunities and to increasing the availability, depth, and breadth of local books," Arcadia CEO Richard Joseph said in a message to employees.

Arcadia is headquartered in Mount Pleasant. The publisher focuses on pictorial and illustrated books that chronicle local and regional history throughout the United States. Its 9,000 titles include the company's "Images of America" series.

The History Press has been in business since 2004. Its books are mostly from history enthusiasts who write local stories for local audiences.

"We are enormously proud of the fine company we have built together in just a few short years," The History Press Ltd. CEO Stuart Biles said in a written statement. "We're extremely sad to see the business leave, but have to recognise the significant benefits which will be achieved by joining The History Press Inc. with Arcadia, both creatively and operationally." The Post and Courier's parent company also owns a publisher of regional books, Evening Post Books.