Mergers & Acquisitions
W. W. Norton will take over distribution for both Yale University Press and Harvard University Press next fall, when it will begin selling titles set to be released in January 2025.
Capen Publishing Company has acquired the Favorite Recipes Press, Quail Ridge Press, Beckon Books, Blue Sneaker Press, Greenwich Publishing, and Historic Hospitality Books imprints from Southwestern Family of Companies.
Penguin Random House UK has acquired Australia-based publisher Hardie Grant Publishing’s U.K. publishing business, which is comprised of Hardie Grant UK and Quadrille. The sale will have no direct impact on Hardie Grant North America's business.
Abrams has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with RBmedia, giving the independent audio publisher rights to hundreds of Abrams' fiction and nonfiction titles. The first audiobooks under the deal will be published in spring 2024.
The 12-episode first season of the podcast 'Disney "Frozen" Podcast: Forces of Nature' drops in October, and will feature four new characters. A book based on the podcast is planned for fall.
Led by another good performance by its audiobooks division and what CEO Jon Karp called "fantastic" results in the U.K., operating income rose 14% at Simon & Schuster in the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 over the comparable period last year.