Mergers & Acquisitions

Clarivate Purchase of ProQuest Delayed
August 11, 2021 at 1:00 am

After receiving a second notice for information from the FTC, Clarivate said it has extended the deadline for completing its $5.3 billion purchase of ProQuest from November 8, 2021, to December 31, 2021.

Arcadia Buys Commonwealth Editions
August 3, 2021 at 1:00 am

Arcadia Publishing has acquired Commonwealth Editions, the regional publishing imprint of Carlisle, Mass.–based Applewood Books. The purchase, which includes a mix of adult and children’s titles, adds more than 300 titles to Arcadia's list.

Open Road Buys U.K.'s Bloodhound Books
July 27, 2021 at 1:00 am

Open Road Integrated Media has acquired Bloodhound Books, a U.K.-based publisher of e-books and print titles. Founded in 2014, Bloodhound has a backlist of about 600 fiction titles, and has sold approximately six million copies of its books worldwide.

Epic Acquired by Global Ed-Tech Giant BYJU’S
July 21, 2021

Epic, whose digital reading platform features more than 40,000 books, audiobooks, and videos for children, has been acquired by the India giant BYJU's for $500 million.

Private Equity Firm to Buy McGraw-Hill for $4.5 Billion
June 16, 2021

Eight years after it bought McGraw-Hill Education for $2.4 billion, Apollo Global Management has reached an agreement to sell the company to another private equity firm, Platinum Equity, for $4.5 billion.

Readerlink Acquires Activity Publisher Dreamtivity
May 21, 2021

Readerlink has acquired the brand and assets of Dreamtivity from Retail Centric Marketing. A publisher of coloring and activity books plus arts and crafts products, Dreamtivity will become an imprint of Readerlink's Printers Row publishing division.

Clarivate to Buy ProQuest for $5.3 Billion
May 17, 2021

In a huge deal in the library and information publishing world, London-based Clarivate has agreed to acquire ProQuest, an acquisition expected to be completed later this year.

Barnes & Noble's Owner Buys Paper Source
May 12, 2021

Elliott Management, which acquired Barnes & Noble in September 2019, has reached an agreement to buy the stationery retailer Paper Source. B&N CEO James Daunt will add oversight of Paper Source to his responsibilities.

RBmedia Buys M-H Professional Audiobook Business
May 11, 2021

RBmedia has acquired the audiobook publishing business of McGraw-Hill Professional in a deal that adds about 400 business books to the audio publisher's list, chief content officer Troy Juliar said.