Mergers & Acquisitions
Through the deal, the U.K.-based literary and talent agency Curtis Brown, which reps such authors as Nigella Lawson and Jojo Moyes and such estates as those of Ian Fleming and A.A. Milne, will continue to operate under its existing structure and management team.
The University of Georgia Press has acquired NewSouth Books, the independent trade publisher based in Montgomery, Ala.
Scott Waxman has struck a deal with Gemini XIII to form Diversion Audio, a new company that will expand on Diversion Podcasts, which Waxman started in 2020 to develop original nonfiction audio series hosted by veteran nonfiction authors.
In a deal that unites two of the largest independent distributors of self-published books, Draft2Digital has agreed to acquire Smashwords for an undisclosed price. The purchase is expected to be complete by March 1, at which time the combined company will operate under the Draft2Digital name.
Follett Corporation has sold Follett Higher Education to a group of private investors led by Jefferson River Capital. The sale completes the Follett family’s exit from the education business after nearly 150 years.