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Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), formerly known as The Disney Publishing Group and Buena Vista Publishing Group, is the publishing subsidiary of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Its imprints include Disney Editions, Disney Press, Kingswell, Freeform, and Hyperion Books for Children. It has creative centers in Glendale, California, and in Milan, Italy. History In 1990, Disney Consumer Products discontinued its license for Topolino, an Italian Mickey Mouse magazine. This led Michael Lynton, the Disney Consumer Products business development director, to start up its own Magazine Group with the similarly outlaid Disney Adventures. Through Walt Disney Publications, Inc., Disney Publishing launched Disney Comics in the United States. That same year, Disney began publishing Disney Adventures. In 1991, Disney Publishing purchased Discover magazine from Family Media, placing it within its Magazine Group and purchased the FamilyFun Magazine after its second issue from Jake Winebaum. Incorporated The Disney Publishing Group (DPG) was incorporated in January 1992, and included the already formed Hyperion Books, Hyperion Books for Children, Disney Press and its units.In 1994, DPG launched the Mouse Works and Fun Works divisions in February and November, respectively, in order to publish interactive children books. By April, the Magazine Group agreed with Ziff-Davis Publishing Company to a joint venture publication, Family PC, to be launched in September. In June, Lynton left his position as senior vice president of DPG to become president of Disney's Hollywood Pictures.In March 1995, with the market too crowded with Disney books, DPG merged Hyperion Books for Children with the Disney Press units. In August, Disney Magazine Publishing was reorganized into three divisions, each headed by a vice president/group publisher: Disney Family Magazines, Disney Kids Magazines, and Disney Special Interest Magazines. Family Magazines and Special Interest Magazines were expected to acquire additional publications beyond their single titles, Family Fun and Discover respectively. Special Interest Magazines' publisher was assigned responsibility for the Discovery Channel TV show, Discover Magazine. Kids Magazines included the newly developed Big Time weekly newspaper supplement to have a Fall 1996 launch. Magazine President Jake Winebaum was transferred to head up Disney Online. On May 11, 1998, Disney Publishing was renamed Buena Vista Publishing Group. Disney Publishing Worldwide In April 1999, Buena Vista Publishing Group changed its name to Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc. (DPW) with Hyperion Books transferred to Disney's ABC Television Group.Disney Publishing launched its first original comic book, W.I.T.C.H., in 2001. It was successful, selling one million copies per month by August 2004, and was adapted into an animated series. In mid-2001, DPW and Baby Einstein (which Disney acquired later that year) agreed to publish a baby book line to introduce fine art, foreign languages, poetry, and classical music. Gemstone Publishing licensed the rights to publish Disney comics from DPW beginning in June 2003. Following its collapse in June 2004, the CrossGen trademark and properties were purchased by DPW's educational publishing division that November for its reading aids, with additional publications based on CrossGen books. The Disney Consumer Products' Disney Fairies franchise debuted in September 2005, when Disney Publishing unveiled the novel Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg paired with a virtual world. The first book in The Kingdom Keepers series, based on Disney Parks and Disney Villains, was released August 29, 2005.In 2005, Discover Magazine was sold to Bob Guccione Jr. and the Disney magazine was shut down. In February 2006, Wondertime magazine, which focused on mothers of children up to age six, was launched. DPW licensed out CrossGen to Checker Publishing Group to reprint comic book series as trade paperback editions starting in February 2007.In February 2007, Disney merged its kids and family focused television, online, radio, and publishing businesses' advertising sales and promotion teams into Disney Media Advertising Sales and Marketing Group, all of which were overseen by the presidents of Disney Channels Worldwide, Walt Disney Internet Group, and DPW. DPW canceled Disney Adventure with its November 2007 issue.By 2009, Disney Publishing Worldwide was organized into three divisions: Global Book Group, Disney English, and Global Magazines with four revenue areas: Global Magazines, Global Books, U.S. Magazines, and Disney English. Disney Publishing launched Disney Digital Books on September 29 with five hundred books online. In 2009, Disney Press released Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen, the first of the Villains book series written by Serena Valentino.Disney Publishing Worldwide (India), a division of Walt Disney Company (India), announced a licensing agreement in April 2009 with local publisher Junior Diamond to publish Disney comic books, in both English and Hindi. On December 8, 2010, DPW's India unit signed a multi-year contract with India Today Group to print and distribute Disney comics in India.With few books issued under the imprint, Marvel Worldwide and Disney Books Group relaunched the Marvel Press imprint in 2011 with the Marvel Origin Storybooks line. In November DPW announced a new publication, FamilyFun Kids, a bi-monthly magazine with kids' craft, games, puzzles, and recipes. In January 2012, DPW agreed to sell Family Fun Magazine to the Meredith Corporation.By September 2012, the White Plains, New York office was closed with staff being moved to Glendale after less than 5 years after moving from New York City. Fifty sales and marketing staff moved to New York City to join editors that remained there. In July 2012, Andrew Sugerman was promoted to EVP, Disney Publishing Worldwide and the headquarters for the business was relocated to Glendale, CA to sit within Disney Consumer Products. In January 2013, DPW launched the Never Girls book series, an extension of the Disney Fairies franchise, with publishing partner Random House. With the June 2013 announcement of the Hyperion Books division sale, Hyperion's adult trade book list was sold to Hachette Book Group. Books related to existing Disney–ABC Television Group properties, young adult titles, and Disney-Hyperion imprint and titles were transferred to DPW. By January 2014, the Kingswell name was selected as a placeholder imprint name for the Hyperion titles withheld from the Hyperion division sale; Kingwell Avenue was Disney's location before moving to Hyperion Avenue.In November 2013, Disney Publishing revived Disney Comics as an imprint in the US for sporadic publishing. The imprint's first publication was the Space Mountain graphic novel, its first original graphic novel, released on May 7, 2014.Disney Publishing Worldwide transferred the Disney Fa.... Discover the Disney Book Group popular books. 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    Tangled Read-Along Storybook

    Disney Books

    After years of living in a tower, Rapunzel sets off on an adventure! Now fans of Walt Disney Studios' animated film, Tangled, can read along as they turn the pages at the sound of ...

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    Frozen Junior Novel

    Disney Books

    Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen is the story of Anna, who sets off on an epic journey to save her kingdom. Teaming up with an adventurer named Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven...

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    Artemis Fowl

    Eoin Colfer

    Twelveyearold Artemis is a millionaire, a geniusand above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of th...

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    Never Fade

    Alexandra Bracken

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    The Atlantis Complex

    Eoin Colfer

    Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the wor...

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    The Last Guardian

    Eoin Colfer

    Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than o...

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    The Lion King

    Disney Book Group

    When Simba the lion cub is born, he learns he has a big role to play in the Circle of Life. One morning, his father Mufasa shows him the great kingdom he will one day rule, but not...

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    The Isle of the Lost

    Melissa de la Cruz

    Evil tree. Bad Apple? Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Losta dark and dreary place protected by a force field th...

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    Darkest Minds, The

    Alexandra Bracken

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    Frozen Read-Along Storybook

    Disney Books

    When the kingdom she loves is trapped in an eternal winter, it is up to Anna and the daring mountain man Kristoff to set out on an adventure filled with danger, magical creatures a...

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    The Staff of Serapis

    Rick Riordan

    In this adventure, Annabeth encounters more oddities in the subway than usual, including a twoheaded monster and a younger blond girl who reminds her a little of herself. This is t...

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    Cars Read-Along Storybook

    Disney Books

    Relive the adventure of DisneyPixar's boxoffice smash hit, Cars, with this delightful readalong storybook. This eBook features wordforword narration that matches the text, sound ef...

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    Tangled Junior Novel

    Disney Books

    Get ready for lots of fun and adventure when the swashbuckling thief Flynn Rider meets Rapunzelthe girl with seventy feet of magical hair. Together they go on wild, hilarious, and ...

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    The Son of Sobek

    Rick Riordan

    In this audio ebook short story narrated by Rick Riordan, Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious ...

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    The Eternity Code

    Eoin Colfer

    Artemis Fowl is going straightas soon as he pulls off the most brilliant criminal feat of his career... but his plan goes awry, leaving his loyal bodyguard, Butler, mortally injure...

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    The Crown of Ptolemy

    Rick Riordan

    In their first encounter, demigod Percy Jackson and magician Carter Kane had to battle a giant crocodile on Long Island. A month later, Annabeth Chase ran into Carter's sister, Sad...

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    Double Crossed

    Ally Carter

    Macey McHenryGlamorous society girl or spyintraining? W.W. Hale VHeir to an American dynasty or master thief? There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work toge...

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    The Arctic Incident

    Eoin Colfer

    Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he suddenly receives an urgent videoemail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya: his fa...

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    Brave Read-Along Storybook

    Disney Book Group

    Relive the magic of the DisneyPixar film, Brave, with this readalong storybook that includes wordforword narration, thrilling sound effects, and original character voices from the ...