The Daily Herald
OREM -- Granite Publishing of Orem, a growing, small specialty publisher of books for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' market, acquired another specialty book publisher, Evans Book of Salt Lake City, in mid-February.
Richard Paul Evans, founder of Evans Book that also publishes for the LDS market, and the author of the best-selling book "The Christmas Box," decided it was a good time to sell his Utah-based business to Granite, which has been expanding in its field, according to management at Granite.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Last year, Granite Publishing sold more than 2 million books. Ron Gardner, vice president of Granite and one of the founding partners of the company eight years ago, said he expected the acquisition of Evans Book would increase their business by about 30 percent.
"We went ahead with the acquisition because our businesses are so similar; it was a good fit for our plans," Gardner said.
Some of Evans Book's popular titles that Granite will be acquiring are, "There Is No Death," "The Life and Travels of Mormon and Moroni" and "My Baptism Day For Boys & Girls."
Granite Publishing is known for the titles it distributes like "The Rockwell Chronicles" and "Instruction Manual for PAF 5.0."
Much of Granite's books are sold in religious bookstores like Deseret Book, which is owned by the LDS Church, and Seagull Book, which is owned by Covenant Communications, but it also does a good portion of business with major chains like Border's, Barnes & Noble, and B. Dalton.
"Granite is known as an author-friendly publisher," Gardner said. "We distribute authors who self-publish and also work to publish new and developing authors."
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This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page B6.