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closed 3/3/2010 via Company Press Release

Media Source, Inc., purchased Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information

synopsis: Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information-US. The acquisition includes all print and web products, services, supplements, and newsletters, including Library Hotline.
buyer parent: The Riverside Company
buyer: Media Source, Inc.
Media Source is the parent company of Junior Library Guild (JLG) and The Horn Book, Inc. JLG is a review and collection development service that provides books to more than 17,000 school and public libraries. The Horn Book, Inc. reviews children’s and young adult books in two print publications. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information is a leading provider of critical information and marketing solutions to business professionals in targeted industry sectors. Our market-leading properties include more than 135 business-to-business publications and over 125 Web sites.
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closed 6/1/2015 via PR Newswire

ProQuest LLC, acquired Coutts Information Services Limited

synopsis: ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts' expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well.
buyer parent: Cambridge Information Group, LLC
buyer: ProQuest LLC
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. "
target parent: Ingram Industries
target: Coutts Information Services Limited
Coutts Information Services Limited provides a range of physical and digital services to the book industry. It serves publishers, small presses, institutions, associations, information professionals, academic libraries, and government organizations.
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closed 2/18/2016 via BusinessWire

Blackstreet Capital Management, acquired AWE Acquisition, Inc.

synopsis: AWE Acquisition, Inc., an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC (BCH) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc. The company provides literacy-focused digital learning solutions for early learners to public libraries throughout the United States and Canada.
buyer: Blackstreet Capital Management
Blackstreet Capital Holdings ("BCH") is a Chevy Chase, MD based diversified holding company run by Murry Gunty and Lawrence Berger. BCH currently has equity and debt holdings in education, consumer finance, and sports and entrainment. "
target: AWE Acquisition, Inc.
AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education) provides literacy-focused digital learning solutions for early learners to public libraries throughout the US and Canada. Their turnkey learning products deliver award winning multi-curricular content through a safe environment that is easy to setup and use.
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closed 8/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Taylor & Francis Group, acquired M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

synopsis: M.E. Sharpes, a higher education academic books and journals company has been acquired by Taylor & Francis Group, a subsidiary of Informa plc. M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs.
buyer parent: Informa plc
buyer: Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher. Operating from a network of 20 global offices, the Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 1,500 journals and around 1,800 new books each year, with a books backlist in excess of 20,000 specialist titles. "
target: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs. M.E. Sharpe also publishes both original works and translations in Asian and East European studies.
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closed 12/31/2006 via

Pearson Education, acquired Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, today announced the acquisition of an 80% stake in Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori (PBM), one of Italy's leading educational publishing companies.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori
Paravia Bruno Mondadori publishes for all types of Italian schools (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary) and across all subjects (modern languages, maths, science, humanities, grammar/literature, social sciences and vocational) and has a catalogue of more than 3,000 school titles.
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closed 12/19/2018 via Company Press Release

EBSCO Information Services, acquired Linguistics Abstracts Online

synopsis: EBSCO Information Services has expanded its linguistics resources with the acquisition of Linguistics Abstracts Online from Wiley, a global publishing company specializing in academic publications. Linguistics Abstracts Online is a bibliographic database providing high-quality indexing and abstracts from linguistics and language study journals.
buyer parent: EBSCO Industries, Inc.
buyer: EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection. "
target parent: Wiley
target: Linguistics Abstracts Online
Linguistics Abstracts Online is a bibliographic database providing high-quality indexing and abstracts from linguistics and language study journals. It benefits those studying linguistics and literature, writing papers, preparing teaching materials, compiling bibliographies and checking references.
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announced 12/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Mark Allen Group, will acquire Farmers Weekly

synopsis: Mark Allen Group is to acquire Farmers Weekly. Reed Business Information Ltd, part of RELX, has agreed to sell the brand to MA Agriculture, a new company created by MAG to house Farmers Weekly. Farmers Weekly provides topical technical information from independent experts, designed to help farmers manage their businesses more effectively.
buyer: Mark Allen Group
The Mark Allen Group is a progressive media business, which delivers high-quality content through market-leading journals, magazines, books, events and websites. Their brands offer unrivalled access to specialists in healthcare, education, business and consumer markets. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: Farmers Weekly
Farmers Weekly provides topical technical information from independent experts, designed to help farmers manage their businesses more effectively. The Farmers Weekly brand serves the whole farming industry and includes data services such as Farmplan, and print publications.
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announced 10/11/2017 via BNC Analysis

Mark Allen Group, will acquire CommunityCare

synopsis: Mark Allen Group has announced its intention to acquire CommunityCare, the UK’s leading brand for social work professionals. CommunityCare's website is the leading online medium for those working in social care and it contains all of the articles that have been published both in Community Care magazine and online since 1995.
buyer: Mark Allen Group
The Mark Allen Group is a progressive media business, which delivers high-quality content through market-leading journals, magazines, books, events and websites. Their brands offer unrivalled access to specialists in healthcare, education, business and consumer markets. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: CommunityCare
CommunityCare's website is the leading online medium for those working in social care and it contains all of the articles that have been published both in Community Care magazine and online since 1995.
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announced 9/13/2017 via BNC Analysis

Senior Publications Nederland BV, will acquire Landleven

synopsis: Reed Business Information (RBI), part of RELX Group, has announced its intention to sell the Landleven portfolio to Belgium based Roularta Media Groep NV (“RMG”). The management will be done by Senior Publications Nederland BV (“SPN”), part of RMG. Landleven is a Dutch home and garden magazine.
buyer parent: Roularta Media Group NV
buyer: Senior Publications Nederland BV
Senior Publications Nederland BV (SPN) is a multi-media publishing company based in Baarn, The Netherlands. SPN's main product is Plus Magazine, the first Dutch magazine especially for people aged 50+. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: Landleven
Landleven is a Dutch lifestyle magazine that is issued 11 times a year. The magazine contains articles about living and living outdoors. garden, plants, animals and more.
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Kingston Acquisitions Limited, acquired New Scientist Limited

synopsis: Science news publication New Scientist has been bought by Kingston Acquisitions Limited, a company launched specifically to acquire the publication from Reed Business Information. New Scientist is the world's number one science and technology magazine, reaching a global audience of over 3 million intelligent, highly engaged readers each week.
buyer: Kingston Acquisitions Limited
Kingston Acquisitions Limited is an investment vehicle formed by Sir Bernard Gray, Louise Rogers and Matthew O’Sullivan to acquire the New Scientist magazine. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: New Scientist Limited
New Scientist is the world's number one science and technology magazine, and online it is the go-to site for breaking news, exclusive content and breakthroughs. Each week New Scientist reaches a global audience of over 3 million intelligent, highly engaged readers through print and digital channels.
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announced 1/8/2016 via BNC Analysis

New Skool Media B.V., will acquire Elsevier Media

synopsis: New Skool Media has reached an agreement with Reed Business Nederland for the acquisition of the publishing activities of Elesvier Media that include Elsevier Weekblad, Elsevier Weekblad Online, Elsevier Juist, Elsevier Weekblad Stijl, Elsevier Weekblad Events, Elsevier Weekblad Specials, Elsevier Weekblad Books, BeleggersBelangen and more.
buyer: New Skool Media B.V.
New Skool Media is the largest consumer special interest publisher of The Netherlands. Founded in 2014, New Skool Media publishes 22 magazines, such as Zeilen, Fiets, Procycling, Formule 1, KIJK, Truckstar and Knipmode. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: Elsevier Media
Elsevier Media includes the publishing activities of Elsevier Weekblad, Elsevier Weekblad Online, Elsevier Juist, Elsevier Weekblad Stijl, Elsevier Weekblad Events, Elsevier Weekblad Specials, Elsevier Weekblad Books, BeleggersBelangen, BeleggersBelangen.nl, Beurs.nl, Grip op je vermogen, and more.
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closed 10/7/2015 via Company Press Release

CoreLogic, Inc., acquired Cordell Information

synopsis: Reed Business Information announced that it has sold the entire issued share capital of Cordell Information, provider of the most reliable, timely and comprehensive construction industry information, to CoreLogic, a leading international provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government.
buyer: CoreLogic, Inc. (CLGX:$1,739.51)
CoreLogic is a provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government. CoreLogic develops predictive decision analytics and provides business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: Cordell Information
Since 1969 Cordell Information has been at the forefront of providing the most reliable, timely and comprehensive construction industry information.
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announced 8/26/2015 via Company Press Release

MA Healthcare, will acquire Optician Magazine

synopsis: Mark Allen Group, through its subsidary MA Healthcare, is to acquire Optician Magazine from Reed Business Information. The deal is due to complete in September 2015. Optician is a weekly journal, website and provider of continuing education and training for eye care professionals, including ophthalmologists and dispensing opticians.
buyer parent: Mark Allen Group
buyer: MA Healthcare
MA Healthcare, part of Mark Allen Group, is a leading publisher of nursing and medical information. It publishes 29 peer-reviewed journals for healthcare professionals working in nursing, midwifery, hospital and emergency medicine, allied health, health economics and animal health. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: Optician Magazine
Optician magazine is the leading independent, weekly, UK journal for eye care professionals. It publishes news, views and analysis on all aspects of the optical profession and business. Optician is a leading provider of Continuing Education and Training for eye care professionals.
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announced 8/5/2015 via Company Press Release

Springer Media, will purchase Dutch Health Portfolio from Reed Business Netherlands

synopsis: The board of Springer Media announced the intended acquisition of the Dutch healthcare publishing activities of Reed Business Netherlands. The portfolio consists of Dutch language books, events and magazines for healthcare professionals.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Springer Media
Springer Media, part of Springer Nature, is a dynamic media company that focuses on healthcare, with a long history as a medical publisher, serving students, healthcare professionals and health care management. "
seller parent: RELX Group plc
seller: Reed Business Netherlands
Reed Business Netherlands' healthcare publishing activities consists of Dutch language books, events and magazines for healthcare professionals. Reed Business Netherlands is part of Reed Business Information, which provides information and online data services to business professionals worldwide.
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closed 8/4/2015 via BusinessWire

CMD Group merged with ISqFt,

synopsis: iSqFt and CMD Group announced the companies have merged. CMD is one of the leading providers of construction information in North America. iSqFt provides the commercial construction industry a leading software-as-a-service solution in addition to bid information both powered by a vast network of construction professionals across the United States.
buyer parent: Genstar Capital LLC
buyer: ISqFt
iSqFt is a leading software-as-a-service company, serving the commercial construction industry by offering its customers access to a network that connects tens of thousands of general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers. "
target parent: RELX Group plc
target: CMD Group
CMD ("Construction Marketing Data") is a leading North American provider of construction information. CMD’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and technologies includes national, regional and local project leads, marketing solutions and market intelligence.
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closed 6/4/2014 via BusinessWire

Ziff Davis, Inc., acquired emedia Communications LLC

synopsis: Ziff Davis, LLC, a leading digital media company in the technology, gaming and men’s lifestyle categories, announced the acquisition of emedia Communications LLC, a provider of lead generation services to companies such as Hewlett Packard and Google.
buyer parent: j2 Global, Inc.
buyer: Ziff Davis, Inc.
Ziff Davis, Inc. is a leading digital media company specializing in the technology market, reaching over 50 million in-market buyers every month. Ziff Davis sites feature trusted reviews of the newest and hottest tech products, news, commentary, tech deals and much more. "
target parent: Reed Business Information Ltd
target: emedia Communications LLC
Pioneers in B2B Lead Generation, emedia helps marketers hit their lead numbers across North America and the EMEA region as well. Companies such as Hewlett Packard, United Healthcare, and Google enjoy growing revenues with emedia’s synergistic lead gen channels and topnotch service.
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closed 1/22/2014 via Market Wire

TechMedia Network, Inc., acquired BuyerZone.com, Inc.

synopsis: TechMedia Network, Inc., one of the largest and most respected tech and science media companies, announced the acquisition of BuyerZone, the leading online marketplace for buyers and sellers of SMB products and services.
buyer: TechMedia Network, Inc.
TechMedia Network is a publisher of high-quality original content with owned and operated web sites and a publisher partner network that, combined, reaches nearly 50 million monthly unique visitors worldwide and is currently the third largest technology news property in the United States. "
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: BuyerZone.com, Inc.
BuyerZone continues to test and develop the best methods and systems for connecting buyers and sellers by listening to the direct needs of both sides, and offering its customers solutions that are balanced, fair and simple.
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closed 8/1/2013 via BNC Analysis

BVMultimedia, purchased RBI Italy from Reed Business Information Ltd

synopsis: Reed Business Information's RBI Italy was sold to BVMultimedia. RBI Italy operates in three business areas which include: publishing, with 13 magazines and their websites; Telemat, which monitors 70,000 Italian public tenders; and Mimesi, which provides printed and digital press review services and advanced analysis of reputation on the internet.
buyer: BVMultimedia
BVMultimedia is a company wholly owned by Roberto Briglia and Gianni Vallardi in equal shares. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Reed Business Information Ltd
RBI Italy operates in three business areas which include: publishing, with 13 market leading magazines and their websites; Telemat, which monitors 70,000 Italian public tenders; and Mimesi, which provides printed and digital press review services and advanced analysis of reputation on the internet.
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closed 6/3/2013 via Bloomberg

BNP Paribas, Edmond de Rothschild, purchased RBI France from Reed Business Information Ltd

synopsis: Reed Elsevier Plc, owner of the LexisNexis database, sold its French media unit RBI (Reed Business Information) France to funds belonging to Edmond de Rothschild Group and BNP Paribas Développement. The funds bought a 75 percent stake of RBI France, while the remaining 25 percent was purchased by managers Jean-Pierre Seguret and Alexandre Sidommo.
buyer: BNP Paribas
buyer: Edmond de Rothschild
BNP Paribas Développement is a private equity arm of BNP Paribas. Edmond de Rothschild Group offers a range of asset management and private banking services in France and internationally, including private equity fund management services. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Reed Business Information Ltd
Reed Business Information is a provider of business information, data and marketing solutions in multiple formats. Its French unit, RBI France, publishes titles including Strategies, Directions and Coiffure de Paris.
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closed 3/4/2013 via Wall Street Journal

Wilmington Group plc, acquired Inese

synopsis: Wilmington Group plc, the provider of Information, Compliance and Education to professional markets announced the acquisition of the trading assets of Inese, the leading provider of information and events to the insurance industry in Spain, from Reed Business Information for a net consideration of EUR1.4m in cash.
buyer: Wilmington Group plc (LSE:WIL:$162.62)
Wilmington Group plc is a dynamic and expanding company providing information and training to professional business markets. Their businesses enable professionals and their organizations to perform better by providing quality, relevant and reliable information, education and knowledge. "
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: Inese
Inese is the leading provider of Spanish language subscription based publications, online services for the Spanish Insurance Industry along with a number of annual events including the leading industry congress; "Insurance Week".
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closed 1/11/2013 via BNC Analysis

Catalyst Investment Managers Pty, acquired Reed Business Information Australia

synopsis: Catalyst Investment Managers has acquired Reed Business Information Australia (RBIA) from parent company Reed Elsevier. RBIA, a local unit of the B2B publisher's Reed Business Information division, owns titles including Money Management, Australian Doctor and Pharmacy News, and online directories such as hotfrog.com.au.
buyer: Catalyst Investment Managers Pty
Catalyst Investment Managers Pty is a leading independent firm in the Australasian private equity market, with a reputation built on its longevity in the market, superior track record and extensive local network. Catalyst has in excess of $1 billion in funds under management. "
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: Reed Business Information Australia
Reed Business Information is Australia’s leading and largest B2B publisher and information provider. Their publications include magazines like Australian Doctor, New Scientist, B&T Weekly, Travel Week and many other market leading publications.
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closed 6/8/2012 via PR Web

Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc., acquired MarketCast

synopsis: MarketCast, a leading global entertainment research firm, announced that it was acquired by Shamrock Capital Growth Fund III. Based in Los Angeles, with a presence in New York, Boston, and London, MarketCast is a leading provider of marketing research services serving the global entertainment industry.
buyer: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
Shamrock Capital Advisors is a Los Angeles based private equity firm with over $700 million of capital under management. The firm invests exclusively in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors. "
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: MarketCast
MarketCast is a leading provider of marketing research services serving the global entertainment industry. MarketCast works in collaboration with marketers and researchers across the spectrum of entertainment companies in the development and execution of their marketing strategies.
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closed 6/30/2011 via PR Newswire

Reed Business Information, acquired Ascend Worldwide Group Holdings Limited

synopsis: Reed Business Information, the business information division of Reed Elsevier, announced that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Ascend Worldwide Group Holdings Limited, one of the world's principal providers of data, analytics and advisory services to investors in aerospace.
buyer parent: Reed Elsevier
buyer: Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information is a leading global provider of critical information and marketing solutions to business professionals in targeted industry sectors. Its portfolio of market leading brands makes it the preferred media partner across a range of markets from agriculture to technology. "
target: Ascend Worldwide Group Holdings Limited
Ascend is one of the world's principal providers of data, analytics and advisory services to investors in aerospace. Its global team advises on aviation investment strategies to maximise returns and generate proven investment results.
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closed 4/27/2011 via BusinessWire

TechTarget, Inc., acquired ComputerWeekly

synopsis: Technology media company TechTarget, Inc. has announced it has completed the acquisition of the websites, product offerings, and events associated with Computer Weekly and its sister channel-targeted brand, MicroScope. ComputerWeekly is a magazine and online destination for senior IT decision-making professionals.
buyer: TechTarget, Inc. (TTGT:$138.35)
TechTarget, an online technology media company, provides editorial and vendor-sponsored content to fulfill the needs of tech pros looking for in-depth coverage of technology topics throughout their buying process and positions the company to meet the needs of technology marketers. "
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: ComputerWeekly
Computer Weekly is a magazine and online destination for senior IT decision-making professionals. It is dedicated to providing IT professionals with the best information, the best knowledge and the best range of solutions that will enable them to succeed in the industry.
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closed 4/23/2010 via BNC Analysis

Peerless Media, acquired RBI Supply Chain Group

synopsis: Four titles of Reed Business Information's Supply Chain Group have been acquired by Peerless Media, a new company formed by the group's publisher, Brian Ceraolo. The acquired titles include: Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review and Material Handling Product News.
buyer parent: EH Publishing, Inc.
buyer: Peerless Media
Brian Ceraolo, publisher of Reed Business Information's Supply Chain Group, has formed a new company, Peerless Media, along with the Group's former management team. "
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: RBI Supply Chain Group
RBI Supply Chain Group produces the leading brands in the logistics, materials handling and supply chain markets. Their publications are Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review and Material Handling Product News.
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closed 4/5/2010 via BNC Analysis

PWxyz LLC, acquired Publishers Weekly

synopsis: PWxyz LLC announced that it has acquired Publishers Weekly, the Publishers Weekly Show Daily and PublishersWeekly.com from Reed Business Information-US.
buyer: PWxyz LLC
PWxyz is a new company formed by George W. Slowik Jr., who ran Publishers Weekly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Slowik, who will hold the title of president, plans to retain all the brand's editorial, art and advertising employees. "
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly is the leading publication serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats.
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closed 11/9/2011 via PR Newswire

RLJ Equity Partners, acquired Media Source, Inc.

synopsis: RLJ Equity Partners has acquired Media Source, Inc., the parent company of three businesses that promote and sell children's books and a variety of services and products geared toward the library industry, including book collection development, magazine subscriptions, book reviews, websites, webinars, and conferences.
buyer parent: The RLJ Companies
buyer: RLJ Equity Partners
RLJ Equity Partners is a middle-market private equity firm focused on generating long-term capital appreciation by investing in profitable and growing businesses led by strong management teams. "
target parent: The Riverside Company
target: Media Source, Inc.
Media Source, Inc. is a publisher and distributor of content about children's books. Media Source, with headquarters just outside Columbus, Ohio, is the parent company of Junior Library Guild, The Horn Book Inc., School Library Journal, Library Journal, and Library Hotline.
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closed 3/3/2010 via Company Press Release

Media Source, Inc., purchased Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information

synopsis: Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information-US. The acquisition includes all print and web products, services, supplements, and newsletters, including Library Hotline.
buyer parent: The Riverside Company
buyer: Media Source, Inc.
Media Source is the parent company of Junior Library Guild (JLG) and The Horn Book, Inc. JLG is a review and collection development service that provides books to more than 17,000 school and public libraries. The Horn Book, Inc. reviews children’s and young adult books in two print publications. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information is a leading provider of critical information and marketing solutions to business professionals in targeted industry sectors. Our market-leading properties include more than 135 business-to-business publications and over 125 Web sites.
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closed 1/1/2010 via BusinessWire

Lerner Publishing Group, acquired Darby Creek Publishing

synopsis: Lerner Publishing Group announced the acquisition of Darby Creek Publishing, effective January 1, 2010. Darby Creek will operate as an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group. The imprint will add approximately 58 titles to the Lerner Publishing Group list, bringing the total number of books in print to nearly 5000.
buyer: Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Publishing Group creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in publishing, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers with nine imprints and divisions. "
target parent: The Riverside Company
target: Darby Creek Publishing
Established in 2002, Darby Creek, located in Columbus, Ohio, publishes K–12 fiction and nonfiction titles for the school and public library markets, as well as for the trade bookstore market.
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Media Source, Inc., purchased Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information

synopsis: Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information-US. The acquisition includes all print and web products, services, supplements, and newsletters, including Library Hotline.
buyer parent: The Riverside Company
buyer: Media Source, Inc.
Media Source is the parent company of Junior Library Guild (JLG) and The Horn Book, Inc. JLG is a review and collection development service that provides books to more than 17,000 school and public libraries. The Horn Book, Inc. reviews children’s and young adult books in two print publications. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information is a leading provider of critical information and marketing solutions to business professionals in targeted industry sectors. Our market-leading properties include more than 135 business-to-business publications and over 125 Web sites.
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closed 6/1/2015 via PR Newswire

ProQuest LLC, acquired Coutts Information Services Limited

synopsis: ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts' expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well.
buyer parent: Cambridge Information Group, LLC
buyer: ProQuest LLC
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. "
target parent: Ingram Industries
target: Coutts Information Services Limited
Coutts Information Services Limited provides a range of physical and digital services to the book industry. It serves publishers, small presses, institutions, associations, information professionals, academic libraries, and government organizations.
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closed 12/31/2006 via

Pearson Education, acquired Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, today announced the acquisition of an 80% stake in Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori (PBM), one of Italy's leading educational publishing companies.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori
Paravia Bruno Mondadori publishes for all types of Italian schools (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary) and across all subjects (modern languages, maths, science, humanities, grammar/literature, social sciences and vocational) and has a catalogue of more than 3,000 school titles.
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closed 2/18/2016 via BusinessWire

Blackstreet Capital Management, acquired AWE Acquisition, Inc.

synopsis: AWE Acquisition, Inc., an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC (BCH) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc. The company provides literacy-focused digital learning solutions for early learners to public libraries throughout the United States and Canada.
buyer: Blackstreet Capital Management
Blackstreet Capital Holdings ("BCH") is a Chevy Chase, MD based diversified holding company run by Murry Gunty and Lawrence Berger. BCH currently has equity and debt holdings in education, consumer finance, and sports and entrainment. "
target: AWE Acquisition, Inc.
AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education) provides literacy-focused digital learning solutions for early learners to public libraries throughout the US and Canada. Their turnkey learning products deliver award winning multi-curricular content through a safe environment that is easy to setup and use.
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closed 9/18/2006 via PR Newswire

Freeload Press, Inc., acquired Textbook Revolution

synopsis: Freeload Press, Inc. has purchased Textbook Revolution in a strategic move designed to add more products, expand services and increase resources for college students and other learners around the country. The combined companies will provide extensive resources for students searching for affordable textbooks.
buyer: Freeload Press, Inc.
Freeload Press, Inc. publishes e-textbooks using advertising and corporate sponsorship to reduce costs. The company publishes its own college textbooks and distributes both Freeload Press publications and other publishers’ textbooks. "
target: Textbook Revolution
Textbook Revolution catalogs and hosts free textbooks and websites that could replace books. Each link in the catalog is carefully reviewed and tagged so that users can quickly find and compare books.
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closed 6/26/2017 via PR Web

Certica Solutions, acquired Unbound Concepts

synopsis: Certica Solutions, provider of the Certica Connect™ edtech platform-as-a-service (PaaS), announced the acquisition of Baltimore-based Unbound Concepts, innovator of the Artifact™ application which provides educators, librarians, readers and curriculum buyers with a better way to search, browse and discover books.
buyer parent: New Harbor Capital
buyer: Certica Solutions
Certica is the innovator of the Certica Connect™ platform-as-a-service which provides application interoperability and centralized integration, access and enrichment of education data, metadata and content. "
target: Unbound Concepts
Baltimore-based Unbound Concepts is the innovator of the Artifact™ application which provides educators, librarians, readers and curriculum buyers with a better way to search, browse and discover books. Artifact embodies a unique taxonomy of over 700 terms.
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closed 12/19/2018 via Company Press Release

EBSCO Information Services, acquired Linguistics Abstracts Online

synopsis: EBSCO Information Services has expanded its linguistics resources with the acquisition of Linguistics Abstracts Online from Wiley, a global publishing company specializing in academic publications. Linguistics Abstracts Online is a bibliographic database providing high-quality indexing and abstracts from linguistics and language study journals.
buyer parent: EBSCO Industries, Inc.
buyer: EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection. "
target parent: Wiley
target: Linguistics Abstracts Online
Linguistics Abstracts Online is a bibliographic database providing high-quality indexing and abstracts from linguistics and language study journals. It benefits those studying linguistics and literature, writing papers, preparing teaching materials, compiling bibliographies and checking references.
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