Mergers & Acquisitions

RBMedia Acquires Spain's Booka
February 11, 2021

Audiobook company RBmedia has acquired Booka, a Barcelona-based audiobook publishing company, and its full catalog of Spanish language titles.

Japan's Media Do Buys Firebrand
February 2, 2021

Firebrand Technologies has been acquired by Media Do International, the U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Media Do Ltd., a major e-book distributor. Firebrand founder Fran Toolan will remain CEO for at least the next three years.

Authors Guild Asks DoJ to Stop PRH Purchase of S&S
January 29, 2021

The Authors Guild, along with five other writers’ groups and the nonprofit Open Markets Institute, has sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking the government to block Penguin Random House’s pending acquisition of Simon & Schuster.

Book Biz Saw Little M&A in 2020, with Some Big Exceptions
January 15, 2021

Economic uncertainty limited merger and acquisition activity in the book business last year, but there were still a number of significant transactions, including Penguin Random House's planned purchase of Simon & Schuster.

Pop Culture Veterans Launch Endpaper Entertainment
January 15, 2021

Endpaper Entertainment is a new content development company focused on producing original stories in a variety of media, formats and genres and is being led by Rich Johnson and Syndee Barwick.

Wiley Buys Open Access Publisher for $298 Million
January 6, 2021

John Wiley has expanded its presence in the open access field with the acquisition of Hindawi, a London-based scientific research publisher of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific, technical, and medical journals. Wiley paid $298 million for Hindawi, which had 2020 revenue of $40 million.

Bertelsmann to Buy S&S for $2.2 Billion
November 25, 2020

Penguin Random House has agreed to acquire Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion. The deal, which is expected to be completed next year, will combine the country's largest and third largest trade publishers.

Deep Vellum Acquires Dalkey Archive
November 24, 2020

Deep Vellum Publishing is acquiring the assets of Dalkey Archive Press and will maintain the company as a distinct imprint, publishing new titles as well as maintaining the press's backlist.