Mergers & Acquisitions

Catapult, Counterpoint Merge
September 1, 2016 at 1:00 am

Catapult and Counterpoint Press have completed a merger agreement between the two independent publishers that will make Catapult cofounder Andy Hunter the publisher of both Catapult and Counterpoint.

Press Release: Wiley Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Atypon
August 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

HOBOKEN, N.J. — August 18, 2016 — John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in research, professional practice and education, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atypon, a Silicon Valley-based publishing-software company, for $120 million in cash. Atypon is a trusted technology…

IDPF & W3C Still Evaluating Merger
August 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

On May 10, IDPF and W3C announced that we were jointly exploring the potential to combine our organizations to accelerate EPUB adoption and advance publishing technologies for the overall Open Web Platform. Since the announcement, both organizations have received significant feedback from members and industry stakeholders, which we are in the process of evaluating and…

Penguin Random House to Combine Offices in NYC, Saving $20M Annually
August 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Yesterday CEO Markus Dohle sent a memo to New-York-based Penguin Random House staff informing them that their separate offices would be combined in early 2019. PRH staff working at 375 and 345 Hudson Street will join their colleagues at 1745 Broadway. This marks the next step in the integration of the Penguin and Random House…

Quarto Buys Becker&Mayer
August 8, 2016 at 1:00 am

Quarto Publishing Group USA has bought the assets of the Bellevue, Wash.-based packager for $9.8 million.

Press Release: Rakuten Invests in Digital Content Provider getAbstract AG
July 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

TOKYO — July 28, 2016 — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today announced it has agreed to acquire a substantial minority stake in getAbstract AG, the global leader in compressed digital content. With this investment, getAbstract will be positioned for further international expansion. getAbstract was founded in 1999 by Thomas Bergen and Patrick Brigger with the…

Random House Studio Sold to Fremantle Media
July 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

The film development unit Random House launched in 2007, initially called Random House Films and then renamed and expanded into Random House Studio in 2012, has been sold to Fremantle Media North America. FMNA, a TV production company which produces shows like The Price Is Right and The X Factor, plans on overseeing all television…

IPG Buys Inscribe Digital
July 13, 2016 at 1:00 am

In a deal that expands its e-book distribution capabilities, Independent Publishers Group has acquired e-book distributor Inscribe Digital from parent Isolation Network.

Press Release: Fodor’s Travel to Be Acquired by Internet Brands from Penguin Random House
June 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK — June 21, 2016 — Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade-book publisher, has reached an agreement to sell Fodor’s, the preeminent travel-content brand, to Internet Brands, a leading Los Angeles-based online media and technology company, whose well-known travel websites such as and attract 30 million monthly visitors.…