Mergers & Acquisitions

Pop Culture Veterans Launch Endpaper Entertainment
January 14, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Endpaper Entertainment is a new content development company focused on producing original stories in a variety of media, formats and genres and is being led by Rich Johnson and Syndee Barwick.

Wiley Buys Open Access Publisher for $298 Million
January 5, 2021 at 11:00 pm

John Wiley has expanded its presence in the open access field with the acquisition of Hindawi, a London-based scientific research publisher of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific, technical, and medical journals. Wiley paid $298 million for Hindawi, which had 2020 revenue of $40 million.

Bertelsmann to Buy S&S for $2.2 Billion
November 24, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Penguin Random House has agreed to acquire Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion. The deal, which is expected to be completed next year, will combine the country's largest and third largest trade publishers.

Deep Vellum Acquires Dalkey Archive
November 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Deep Vellum Publishing is acquiring the assets of Dalkey Archive Press and will maintain the company as a distinct imprint, publishing new titles as well as maintaining the press's backlist.

News Corp CEO Sees Antitrust Concerns in PRH Buy of S&S
November 19, 2020

Robert Thomson, CEO of HarperCollins parent company News Corp, said during the company's annual meeting that a purchase of Simon & Schuster by Penguin Random House "will clearly be a serious antitrust issue."

'NYT' Says HC, PRH Top Contenders to Buy S&S
November 17, 2020

Saying that private equity firms had dropped out of the bidding, the 'New York Times' reported this morning that the country's first and second largest trade publishers—Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, respectively—were now the favorites to acquire Simon & Schuster, the country's third largest trade publisher.

Chronicle Buys Game Brands from Wild + Wolf
November 13, 2020

Chronicle Books has acquired three toy and game brands from Wild + Wolf, a Bath, England–based gift specialist. The deal adds some 350 products to Chronicle's gift and game offerings.

Bertelsmann Buys Quad's Book Printing Plants
November 3, 2020

In a deal that closed on October 31, Bertelsmann Printing Group USA’s Berryville Graphics division acquired Quad’s book printing plants in Fairfield, Pa., and Martinsburg, W.Va.

B&T Returns to the Academic Library Market
October 29, 2020 at 1:00 am

Five years after it left the academic library market, Baker & Taylor has returned. The move, however, does not mean the wholesaler has any plans to get back into the retail market.