Mergers & Acquisitions

UTA Acquires Curtis Brown Group
June 13, 2022

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.

Baker & Taylor Sells U.K. Division
May 31, 2022

A little more than six months after acquiring Baker & Taylor from the Follett Corp., new owner Amandeep Kochar sold Baker & Taylor UK to the Little Group, parent company of the U.K.'s largest wholesaler, Gardners.

Diversion in Partnership Deal to Form Diversion Audio
May 11, 2022

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.

Sterling Publishing Buys Knock Knock
April 11, 2022

Sterling Publishing, the publishing division of Barnes & Noble, has made its second acquisition in little more than a month, acquiring the gift and publishing company, Knock Knock.

Pearson Rejects Unsolicited Acquisition Offer
March 14, 2022

Pearson issued an announcement Friday confirming that since November, it has rejected two unsolicited takeover offers from the Apollo Global Management equity firm.

Draft2Digital to Acquire Smashwords
February 7, 2022 at 11:00 pm

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.

Lakeside Book Company to Buy Phoenix Color
February 6, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Lakeside Book Company, the book printing division of LSC Communications, will acquire Phoenix Color from ALJ Regional Holdings for $134.8 million.

Follett Sells Higher Education Business to Investor Group
February 2, 2022 at 11:00 pm

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.

Sourcebooks, Ebony Ink Deal for Adult Books
January 18, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Sourcebooks has reached an agreement with Ebony Magazine Publishing to create a list of Ebony-branded adult books. The first books in the list will be released this fall.