Collins buys A-Z list in new chapter for brand

Collins buys A-Z list in new chapter for brand

Collins has bought the A-Z list and rights to publish its mapping brand, taking the range "into the twenties and beyond".

The deal, which kicked in on 1st January, will see Collins work with the Geographers’ A-Z Map Co to maintain its mapping resources, publish, distribute and sell its A-Z products across all sectors and formats including digital data.

Collins Geo m.d. Sheena Barclay, said: "This move brings together two of the most iconic, trusted and longest standing mapping brands in the UK, with a heritage spanning more than 200 years in the market. The Collins team are excited to take the household mapping name A-Z forward into the twenties and beyond."

Collins has already published The A-Z History of London and A-Z Puzzle Book in 2019, with further books to follow in 2020 including a new London A-Z Street Atlas.

Reference publisher Jethro Lennox said: "We are excited to be taking over this list and looking forward to publishing a new edition of the iconic London A-Z Street Atlas this spring. We are also refreshing the street maps range and bringing out 12 brand new pocket maps for major towns across the country. A-Z maps are and will continue to be the trusted source for navigating around Britain’s streets."

The Geographers' A-Z Map Company was started in 1936 by Phyllis Pearsall, becoming the leading street map publisher in the UK, producing more than 200 paper mapping publications.

Its joint m.d. Steve Egleton said: "Collins is a natural home for the A-Z brand, and I am delighted that Collins are committed to maintaining and developing the A-Z map data and I look forward to seeing new A-Z titles in the future."