Mergers & Acquisitions

W3C and IDPF: Better Together?
May 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

I am both an insider and an outsider. I now work for the “big five” trade publisher Hachette, but I started working with ebooks fifteen years ago, and have made thousands over the years. Of course, there were things about EPUB that were maddening, but that’s just the way it was. I vaguely knew that…

Elsevier Acquires Online Community SSRN
May 17, 2016 at 2:13 pm

STM publisher Elsevier has acquired the largest repository and community for social science and humanities researchers in the world, SSRN, to accelerate its social strategy and scale the network up for the benefit of "the entire scientific ecosystem". Elsevier has not disclosed how much it paid for American research preprint repository and online community SSRN, but revealed it will…

IDPF’s (Last?) Conference at BEA: Tension Around W3C Merger
May 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

On Tuesday (May 10), roughly 350 attendees gathered for the annual pre-BEA conference produced by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). #IDPFDigiCon, as it’s hashtagged, isn’t to be confused with that “con” of a different demeanor, BookCon — the boisterous, mostly-YA consumer-facing entertainment event from Lance Fensterman’s ReedPOP on Saturday, featuring Veronica Roth and others.…

Pearson Finds Language Gap with Unit Sale
April 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

The FTSE-100 education and publishing group Pearson is hoisting a "for sale" sign over a division it bought less than four years ago as it wrestles with growing pressure on global sales. Sky News understands that Pearson is exploring a disposal of GlobalEnglish Corp, which uses cloud software to teach English to employees of multinational…

Readerlink Adds to its Distribution Business
April 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

Readerlink Distribution Services has signed an agreement to acquire the retail book distribution business of ANconnect, which distributes books to 3,600 Walmart and 644 Sam's Club outlets.

IDPF, W3C Considering Merger
April 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

IDPF leaders said a merger is being discussed as a way to "pursue future development of EPUB and improvement of the overall Web platform for publishing.”

IPG Expands Print-On-Demand Services
April 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

The distributor has cut deals with Bookmasters and Edwards Brothers Malloy, moves that give the distributor an agreement with every major print-on-demand company in the market.

Penguin to Close Book on Dorling Kindersley
April 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Dorling Kindersley, the imprint behind long-running book series about Star Wars and James Bond, is being groomed for a sale by its owner, Penguin Random House. It publishes series both for children, with books from brands such as Lego, and adults, with the cookery writer Mary Berry among its catalogue of prominent authors. Sources said…

Square One Buys Ocean Publishing
April 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

Garden City-based Square One Publishers has acquired Ocean Publishing, a small independent publisher located in Flagler Beach, Fla.