Yen Press, the Hachette imprint launched by Kurt Hassler and Rich Johnson, has been getting a lot of press lately as they’ve started to announce their plans for the coming year. Now, Brigid reports that Hachette has bought the French publisher PIKA, which has published French editions of XXXholic and Card Captor Sakura, among other things.
Chloe over at Shuchaku East has some thoughts on the purchase:
I’ve got a lot more love for Pika than most American pubs; they feature a slightly smaller format than Amerian volumes, with a softcover-slip on cover presentation on certain titles and a very portable feel to them. They don’t slap “100% AUTHENTIC” or “SHOJO BEAT!” labels all across the back and front, keeping the feel much more authentic by simply translating the text and and leaving product branding at a small emblem on the spine.