Mergers & Acquisitions

The Quarto Group Acquires Harvard Common Press
February 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Yesterday The Quarto Group, a global illustrated book publisher, announced its acquisition of The Harvard Common Press (HCP), an independent cookbook and childcare publisher based in Beverly, MA. HCP will become a new imprint under the Quarto umbrella, adding hundreds of titles to the Quarto backlist and expanding the publisher’s footprint in the culinary category.…

Penguin Merges Berkley Into Putnam/Dutton
January 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

In what looks to be a response to declining mass market sales, Penguin has merged its Berkley imprint into the unified Putnam and Dutton group. Ivan Held, previously named president of a unified Putnam and Dutton imprint, will now take over the direction of the Berkley Publishing Group. As a result of the changes, Leslie…

The Big 5 Publishers Sat Out Deal-Making in 2015
January 11, 2016 at 1:04 pm

The biggest deals in the publishing industry in 2015 occurred outside of the trade sector. Unlike 2013, when the Random House–Penguin merger was completed, or 2014, when HarperCollins acquired Harlequin, the major trade houses did not make any major acquisitions last year. The biggest acquisitions in 2015 were in professional and educational publishing, led by…

FYI: Penguin Random House Is Still in the Vanity Business
January 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Penguin Random House announced the sale of Author Solutions on Tuesday, leading to headlines stating it has exited the self-publishing business and various commentators congratulating it for cleaning house. Unfortunately, neither of those things are true. Four Penguin Random House-owned vanity presses will remain in operation – Partridge India, Partridge Singapore, Partridge Africa, and MeGustaEscribir…

Penguin Random House Sells Author Solutions
January 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Penguin Random House has sold its controversial self-publishing division Author Solutions. Author Solutions, acquired by Pearson in 2012 for $116m (£74m), for integration into Penguin, was sold to an affiliate of Najafi Companies, an Arizona-based private investment firm, on 31st December. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bloomsbury to Purchase LexisNexis
December 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

Bloomsbury Publishing is set to acquire LexisNexis and Jordan family law publishing assets from RELX, subject to approval, for £1.4m. The deal is part of a strategy to increase the proportion of non-consumer revenues to 50% and on completion of the deal Bloomsbury will own the rights to six family law titles, including Duckworth's Matrimonial…

Press Release: Rowman & Littlefield Buys Stackpole Books
December 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

LANHAM, Md.—December 21, 2015—Rowman & Littlefield announced today that it intends to acquire the assets and liabilities of Stackpole Books, a venerable specialist publisher whose roots go back to the 19th century. Based in Mechanicsburg, PA, near Harrisburg, Stackpole Sons was founded in 1930 by the sons of E.J. Stackpole Sr. – E.J. Stackpole Jr.,…

Press Release: Ingram Content Group Acquires Aer.io
December 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 15, 2015—Ingram Content Group today announces the acquisition of Aer.io, a service that allows publishers, retailers and authors to sell and fulfill print and digital books directly to readers via their websites, blogs and social networks. “The addition of Aer.io addresses our customers’ growing desire to connect more directly with their readers,” said…

In Fight Over Academic Publishing House, Fear of Corporate Values
December 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

When Ashgate Publishing was bought last summer by Informa, a large corporation, some academics feared for its future. What would happen to the family-owned publishing house, which had spent four decades building a reputation for social responsibility and close relationships with its authors? In November those fears started coming true. According to a Change.org petition…

Press Release: HarperCollins Publishers Acquires Ebook Deals Newsletter The Midlist
October 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

NEW YORK—October 28, 2015—HarperCollins Publishers today announced its acquisition of The Midlist, a daily email newsletter featuring ebooks deals, from Libboo, the industry leader in audience development through sharing content. The service will be merged into the publisher's growing Bookperk platform, which delivers deals and other offers to more than a million users in the…