Warner Books renamed Grand Central Publishing


NEW YORK -- Warner Books, home to such best sellers as Jon Stewart, David Baldacci and James Patterson, has been renamed Grand Central Publishing a year after being purchased by the French company Hachette Livre, a deal that required Warner to change its name.

Next month, Warner will move from the Time-Life Building in Rockefeller Center to offices right by Grand Central Terminal.

"We are 'grand' because we are big, impressive, even magnificent at times. And the word 'central' reflects the fact that we recognize the huge audience of readers between New York City and the West Coast who are looking for books across a wide range of tastes," Grand Central's senior vice president and publisher, Jamie Raab, said Monday in a statement.

"And the word 'publishing,' rather than books, reflects the fact that the future of our business depends on offering reading content through new channels and in many formats."

In the fall, Grand Central will officially launch with new books from Baldacci, Stephen Colbert and Rosie O'Donnell.