Mergers & Acquisitions

Hachette Livre May Get New Owner
September 16, 2021

French conglomerate Vivendi appears headed to win control of Lagardère, owner of Hachette Livre. Vivendi already owns the French publisher Editis, and has been looking to increase its presence in book publishing.

Capstone Acquires Ed-Tech Tool Buncee
September 14, 2021

Capstone, publisher of children’s books and K-5 ed-tech content, has acquired Buncee, a digital creation, collaboration, and communication tool for students and educators.

Equity Firm Buys Follett School Solutions
September 1, 2021

Follett Corp. has sold its K-12 software and content division, Follett School Solutions, to the investment firm Francisco Partners. Britten Follett, who remains in a leadership role at FSS, said that the deal gives the company more funding to expand in the educational technology space.

Clarivate Purchase of ProQuest Delayed
August 11, 2021

After receiving a second notice for information from the FTC, Clarivate said it has extended the deadline for completing its $5.3 billion purchase of ProQuest from November 8, 2021, to December 31, 2021.

Arcadia Buys Commonwealth Editions
August 3, 2021

Arcadia Publishing has acquired Commonwealth Editions, the regional publishing imprint of Carlisle, Mass.–based Applewood Books. The purchase, which includes a mix of adult and children’s titles, adds more than 300 titles to Arcadia's list.

Open Road Buys U.K.'s Bloodhound Books
July 27, 2021

Open Road Integrated Media has acquired Bloodhound Books, a U.K.-based publisher of e-books and print titles. Founded in 2014, Bloodhound has a backlist of about 600 fiction titles, and has sold approximately six million copies of its books worldwide.

Epic Acquired by Global Ed-Tech Giant BYJU’S
July 21, 2021

Epic, whose digital reading platform features more than 40,000 books, audiobooks, and videos for children, has been acquired by the India giant BYJU's for $500 million.

Private Equity Firm to Buy McGraw-Hill for $4.5 Billion
June 16, 2021

Eight years after it bought McGraw-Hill Education for $2.4 billion, Apollo Global Management has reached an agreement to sell the company to another private equity firm, Platinum Equity, for $4.5 billion.

Readerlink Acquires Activity Publisher Dreamtivity
May 21, 2021

Readerlink has acquired the brand and assets of Dreamtivity from Retail Centric Marketing. A publisher of coloring and activity books plus arts and crafts products, Dreamtivity will become an imprint of Readerlink's Printers Row publishing division.