Like Baker & Taylor, Inc.

closed 4/18/2016 via PR Newswire

Follett Corporation, acquired Baker & Taylor, Inc.

synopsis: Follett Corporation, a top provider of technology, services and print and digital content to PreK-12 libraries, schools and higher education institutions, announced that it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to PreK-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide.
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closed 2/23/2015 via Market Wire

Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC, acquired Baker & Taylor Marketing Services (U.S.) and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group

synopsis: Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC has acquired the Baker & Taylor Marketing Services U.S. ("BTMS") and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group ("BTPG") businesses. BTMS has developed an innovative marketing system that enables publishes to connect with decision-makers at bookstores and libraries. BTPG has been publishing books for over 20 years.
buyer: Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC
Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC is the largest full-service book distributor in North America, selling approximately one out of every three trade books, and is a recognized leader in distribution logistics, value-added category management services, field services and business analytics. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Baker & Taylor Marketing Services (U.S.) and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group
Baker & Taylor Publishing Group has been publishing books for more than 20 years. Baker & Taylor Marketing Services has developed an innovative marketing system that enables publishers to connect with critical decision-makers at libraries, bookstores, warehouse clubs and online merchants.
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closed 2/20/2015 via BNC Analysis

EBSCO Information Services, acquired YBP Library Services

synopsis: EBSCO Information Services has acquired YBP Library Services from Baker & Taylor, the company announced. YBP specializes in delivering shelf-ready books in both print and electronic forms to the academic library market, with more than 12 million titles in its Global Online Bibliographic Information (GOBI).
buyer parent: EBSCO Industries, Inc.
buyer: EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services is the leading provider of resources for libraries worldwide including EBSCONET, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services provides print and digital content and supporting collection management and metadata services to academic, research and special libraries in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Australia and the Pacific Rim.
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closed 12/7/2009 via PR Newswire

Blackwell UK Limited, acquired Lindsay and Croft Booksellers

synopsis: Baker & Taylor Inc. announced that it has sold UK-based Lindsay and Croft Booksellers to Blackwell UK, Ltd. Lindsay and Croft provides books and collection management services to academic and research libraries in North America and worldwide.
buyer: Blackwell UK Limited
Blackwell U.K. Limited is a leading supplier of academic books and bibliographic support to academic and research libraries in the U.K., Europe and Africa. It is also the leading academic bookseller in the U.K. with 44 shops in retail centers and on university campuses and an online bookshop. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Lindsay and Croft Booksellers
Lindsay & Croft, formerly part of YBP Library Services, provides books and supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and specialist libraries in North America and worldwide.
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closed 7/5/2006 via PR Newswire

Castle Harlan Partners III, L.P., acquired Baker & Taylor, Inc.

synopsis: Castle Harlan, Inc., the New York-based private equity firm, announced today it has completed the acquisition of Baker & Taylor, a leading global distributor of books and entertainment products to libraries and retailers. The value of the transaction was approximately $455 million.
buyer: Castle Harlan Partners III, L.P.
Castle Harlan invests in controlling interests in the buyout and development of middle-market companies in North America and Europe. Its team of 10 managing directors, including its founders, has completed 43 acquisitions since its inception with a total value in excess of $8 billion. "
target parent: Willis Stein & Partners
target: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor is the world's leading distributor of books, video, and music products to public and academic libraries. It is also a global leader in the distribution of books and entertainment products to many of the country's leading retailers, including Internet retailers.
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$455
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closed 8/17/2011 via GlobeNewswire

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, acquired LibreDigital, Inc.

synopsis: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced that it has acquired Austin, TX-based LibreDigital, a leading provider of digital content distribution, e-reading software, content conversion, data analytics and business intelligence services to book, magazine and newspaper publishers as well as to e-reader device providers.
buyer: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD:$6,413.40)
RR Donnelley is a global provider of integrated communications. The company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. "
target: LibreDigital, Inc.
LibreDigital is a pioneer of digital replicas for books and periodicals and supports the e-reading supply chain with electronic preparation, distribution and engagement services. LibreDigital is a leading provider of e-content to more than 40 e-commerce sites.
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closed 3/30/2006 via PR Newswire

Source Interlink Media, purchased magazine and book distribution territories in the Southern California and Washington D.C./Baltimore from Anderson News Company

synopsis: Source Interlink Companies, Inc., a leading provider of home entertainment products and marketing services, announced today that it has acquired in separate cash transactions magazine and book distribution territories in the Southern California and Washington D.C./Baltimore markets from the Anderson News Company.
buyer parent: Source Interlink Companies, Inc.
buyer: Source Interlink Media
Source Interlink Media is a leading, integrated media and publishing company, whose principal business is producing content for enthusiast audiences, primarily in the prized male 18 – 34 demographics. "
seller: Anderson News Company
Anderson News is America’s largest sales and marketing company for magazine and book product in the United States, servicing 40,000 retail customers in 45 states. Product line includes magazines, books, comics, maps, collectibles and more.
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$13
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closed 7/13/2016 via Company Press Release

Independent Publishers Group, acquired INscribe Digital

synopsis: Independent Publishers Group (IPG) announced that it has completed the transaction to purchase leading eBook distributor INscribe Digital. The acquisition includes INscribe Digital’s distribution platform, marketplace monitoring tool, 300+ clients with over 65,000 titles and the INscribe Digital staff.
buyer parent: Chicago Review Press
buyer: Independent Publishers Group
Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. "
target parent: INgrooves
target: INscribe Digital
INscribe Digital is a leading digital publishing services company. INscribe Digital's industry leading technology provides access to an ever-growing list of retailers, libraries, and eBook subscription services, including over 250 retailers and 20,000 libraries.
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closed 8/7/2017 via Market Wire

ProBility Media Corp., acquired Cranbury International

synopsis: ProBility Media Corp., an EdTech company building the first full-service training and career advancement brand for the skilled trades, announced that it has closed on the purchase of Cranbury International, an exporter of educational and training to international markets, located in Montpelier, Vermont.
buyer: ProBility Media Corp. (OTCPK:PBYA:$6.83)
ProBility Media Corp. is an EdTech company building the first full-service training & career advancement brand for the skilled trades. Through its divisions & its partnership with Globalsim Inc., ProBility is executing a disruptive strategy of defragmenting the skilled trades training market place. "
target: Cranbury International
Cranbury International is an exporter of educational and reference materials, located in Montpelier, Vermont. They sell educational materials to governmental institutions and private sector markets in Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Trinidad, and other international regions.
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$0.50
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announced 11/12/2008 via PR Newswire

Imagine Nation Books, Ltd., will acquire Books Are Fun, Ltd.

synopsis: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. and Imagine Nation Books, Ltd. (INB) announced an agreement in which INB will acquire certain assets of Books Are Fun, Ltd. including intellectual property and product inventory, for approximately $17.5 million payable over three years.
buyer: Imagine Nation Books, Ltd.
Imagine Nation Books, is a national display marketing company that offers discounted merchandise, including books, gifts, stationery, and other consumer goods direct to employees at large corporate offices, hospitals, businesses, and daycares. "
target parent: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
target: Books Are Fun, Ltd.
Books Are Fun, Ltd. is the world’s leading display marketer of books and gifts, selling over 300 million books in the past ten years alone.
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closed 3/19/2007 via PR Newswire

Baker & Taylor, Inc., acquired Advanced Marketing Services, Inc.

synopsis: Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world's largest book distributor, has completed the acquisition of the wholesale operations of Advanced Marketing Services, the premier distributor of books to membership wholesale clubs.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor is the world's leading distributor of books, video, and music products to public and academic libraries. It is also a global leader in the distribution of books and entertainment products to many of the country's leading retailers, including Internet retailers. "
target: Advanced Marketing Services, Inc.
Advanced Marketing Services, Inc. is a leading provider of customized merchandising, wholesaling, distribution and publishing services, currently primarily to the book industry. The Company provides a wide range of value-added services to ensure the success of their book programs.
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closed 9/9/2020 via BusinessWire

Concise Capital Management, LP, acquired Nebraska Book Company

synopsis: Concise Capital has acquired Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc. (NBH), which owns Nebraska Book Company and its divisions, Campus Advisory Services and Campus Store Design, along with a controlling interest in PrismRBS. The acquisition provides NBH with the financial flexibility and stability to continue serving the higher education retail industry.
buyer: Concise Capital Management, LP
Concise Capital is an SEC-registered investment adviser with more than $300 million in assets under management. Concise is based in Miami, Florida. Concise was founded in 2004 by Glenn Koach and Tom Krasner. "
target: Nebraska Book Company (:$77.18)
Nebraska Book Holdings is comprised of Nebraska Book Company, PrismRBS, Campus Advisory Services, and Campus Store Design. Its divisions provide course materials, retail technology, store design services, consulting, and digital solutions to more than 2,000 collegiate partners.
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closed 10/2/2018 via GlobeNewswire

TC Media, Inc., acquired Somabec

synopsis: TC Media has announced the acquisition of Somabec, a distributor of French-language specialty and trade books, whose offices are located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. This company represents over 100 European and Canadian publishers and offers more than 50,000 titles spanning the fields of technical training, science, medicine and social science.
buyer parent: TC Transcontinental
buyer: TC Media, Inc.
TC Media is a leader in interactive media and marketing solutions in Canada. The sector reaches the majority of Canadian consumers through its print and digital publishing products, in French and English which include newspapers, books, trade publications, mobile applications and more. "
target: Somabec
Somabec is a distributor of French-language specialty and trade books, whose offices are located in Québec. This company represents over 100 European and Canadian publishers and offers more than 50,000 titles spanning the fields of technical training, science, medicine and social science.
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closed 4/3/2018 via BusinessWire

LSC Communications, acquired TriLiteral LLC

synopsis: LSC Communications, a global leader in print and digital media solutions, has acquired TriLiteral LLC, a full-service logistics provider specializing in the distribution of books for University Presses and Academic Publishers.
buyer: LSC Communications (LKSD:$3,886.00)
LSC Communications is a global leader in print and digital media solutions. The company’s traditional and digital print-related services and office products serve the needs of publishers, merchandisers and retailers. "
target: TriLiteral LLC
TriLiteral LLC is a full-service logistics provider specializing in the distribution of books for University Presses and Academic Publishers. They are located in Cumberland, RI.
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closed 9/13/2013 via BNC Analysis

Swets Information Services, acquired Jongbloed

synopsis: Royal Swets & Zeitlinger has completed the acquisition of Jongbloed, a leading expert in the supply of legal, fiscal and accountancy content. Swets will take control of the entire Jongbloed company, including both of its physical bookstores in The Hague and Leiden as well as its online stores www.jongbloed.nl and www.jongbloedjuridica.nl.
buyer parent: Gilde Buy Out Partners
buyer: Swets Information Services
Swets is the global market leader in managing professional information. It develops and delivers services that enable the use of knowledge to its full extent. From more than twenty offices around the world it actively serves clients and publishers in over 160 countries. "
target: Jongbloed
Jongbloed Legal Bookshop, with a webshop and physical stores in The Hague and Leiden, for almost 90 years has been specialized in legal content and supplies to advocacy, all courts, government institutions, accounting firms, universities and students.
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closed 2/28/2017 via BusinessWire

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., acquired MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc.

synopsis: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., one of America’s largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses, announced that it has acquired MBS Textbook Exchange, LLC. MBS is the largest contract operator of virtual bookstores for the institutional client market and one of the largest used college textbook wholesalers.
buyer: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (BNED:$2,185.39)
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a leading provider of digital education services, enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. "
target: MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc.
MBS is the largest contract operator of virtual bookstores for the institutional client market and one of the largest used college textbook wholesalers, bookstore systems providers, and distributors of direct-to-student course materials in the nation.
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$174
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closed 6/11/2015 via Company Press Release

Follett Corporation, acquired Neebo

synopsis: Follett Corporation and Nebraska Book Company announced that Follett has purchased Neebo, Nebraska Book Company's retail store division. The agreement adds more than 200 complementary campus retail stores to Follett's portfolio, making Follett the operator of more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across North America.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Neebo
Neebo, Inc. supplies new and used textbooks to retail shops and online stores. The Company offers textbooks to students through campus bookstores, retail bookstores, and online. Neebo also sells a range of apparel and school supplies.
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closed 4/18/2016 via PR Newswire

Follett Corporation, acquired Baker & Taylor, Inc.

synopsis: Follett Corporation, a top provider of technology, services and print and digital content to PreK-12 libraries, schools and higher education institutions, announced that it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to PreK-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide.
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closed 2/23/2015 via Market Wire

Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC, acquired Baker & Taylor Marketing Services (U.S.) and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group

synopsis: Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC has acquired the Baker & Taylor Marketing Services U.S. ("BTMS") and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group ("BTPG") businesses. BTMS has developed an innovative marketing system that enables publishes to connect with decision-makers at bookstores and libraries. BTPG has been publishing books for over 20 years.
buyer: Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC
Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC is the largest full-service book distributor in North America, selling approximately one out of every three trade books, and is a recognized leader in distribution logistics, value-added category management services, field services and business analytics. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Baker & Taylor Marketing Services (U.S.) and Baker & Taylor Publishing Group
Baker & Taylor Publishing Group has been publishing books for more than 20 years. Baker & Taylor Marketing Services has developed an innovative marketing system that enables publishers to connect with critical decision-makers at libraries, bookstores, warehouse clubs and online merchants.
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closed 2/20/2015 via BNC Analysis

EBSCO Information Services, acquired YBP Library Services

synopsis: EBSCO Information Services has acquired YBP Library Services from Baker & Taylor, the company announced. YBP specializes in delivering shelf-ready books in both print and electronic forms to the academic library market, with more than 12 million titles in its Global Online Bibliographic Information (GOBI).
buyer parent: EBSCO Industries, Inc.
buyer: EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services is the leading provider of resources for libraries worldwide including EBSCONET, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services provides print and digital content and supporting collection management and metadata services to academic, research and special libraries in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Australia and the Pacific Rim.
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closed 12/1/2011 via PR Newswire

Baker & Taylor, Inc., acquired Bridgeall Libraries Ltd.

synopsis: Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, announced it acquired Bridgeall Libraries, a fast-growing Glasgow, Scotland-based technology company that has developed innovative collection performance improvement software.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor, Inc. is the world's largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. "
target: Bridgeall Libraries Ltd.
Based in Glasgow, U.K., Bridgeall Libraries Ltd. has developed smartsm® and collectionHQ®, the world leading Evidence Based Stock Management (EBSM®) solutions. EBSM® is the complete library stock improvement methodology, which analyses historic and current information about stock use.
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closed 3/19/2007 via PR Newswire

Baker & Taylor, Inc., acquired Advanced Marketing Services, Inc.

synopsis: Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world's largest book distributor, has completed the acquisition of the wholesale operations of Advanced Marketing Services, the premier distributor of books to membership wholesale clubs.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor is the world's leading distributor of books, video, and music products to public and academic libraries. It is also a global leader in the distribution of books and entertainment products to many of the country's leading retailers, including Internet retailers. "
target: Advanced Marketing Services, Inc.
Advanced Marketing Services, Inc. is a leading provider of customized merchandising, wholesaling, distribution and publishing services, currently primarily to the book industry. The Company provides a wide range of value-added services to ensure the success of their book programs.
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closed 7/5/2006 via PR Newswire

Castle Harlan Partners III, L.P., acquired Baker & Taylor, Inc.

synopsis: Castle Harlan, Inc., the New York-based private equity firm, announced today it has completed the acquisition of Baker & Taylor, a leading global distributor of books and entertainment products to libraries and retailers. The value of the transaction was approximately $455 million.
buyer: Castle Harlan Partners III, L.P.
Castle Harlan invests in controlling interests in the buyout and development of middle-market companies in North America and Europe. Its team of 10 managing directors, including its founders, has completed 43 acquisitions since its inception with a total value in excess of $8 billion. "
target parent: Willis Stein & Partners
target: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor is the world's leading distributor of books, video, and music products to public and academic libraries. It is also a global leader in the distribution of books and entertainment products to many of the country's leading retailers, including Internet retailers.
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closed 12/13/2018 via Company Press Release

Follett Software Company, acquired NextTier Education

synopsis: Follett announced it has acquired NextTier Education, a cloud-based software solution that provides counselors, students, and parents with guidance, information and insight to help students achieve their postsecondary goals and ensure every student has equal access to higher education.
buyer parent: Follett Corporation
buyer: Follett Software Company
Follett School Solutions is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. "
target: NextTier Education
NextTier Education is a cloud-based software solution that provides counselors, students, and parents with guidance, information and insight to help students achieve their postsecondary goals and ensure every student has equal access to higher education.
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closed 7/12/2018 via PR Newswire

Follett Software Company, acquired Fishtree

synopsis: Follett announced that it has acquired Fishtree, a leading adaptive learning platform that streamlines both the technical integration and educational adoption of personalized learning in school classrooms.
buyer parent: Follett Corporation
buyer: Follett Software Company
Follett School Solutions is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. "
target: Fishtree
Fishtree is an adaptive learning platform that streamlines the technical integration and educational adoption of personalized learning in classrooms. The platform brings together district-wide resources for every subject, aligns them to any standard and personalizes the experience for each student.
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closed 11/30/2016 via Company Press Release

Follett Corporation, acquired Valore

synopsis: Follett Corporation, a global leader in education and entertainment content distribution, announced it has acquired Valore Inc. and the ValoreBooks marketplace solution for students and bookstores to buy, sell and rent college textbooks online.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to PreK-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Valore
Valore offers innovative solutions that eliminate the inefficiencies throughout the textbook industry, and bring more affordable textbooks and higher quality courseware to students, bookstores, professors, and schools.
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closed 4/18/2016 via PR Newswire

Follett Corporation, acquired Baker & Taylor, Inc.

synopsis: Follett Corporation, a top provider of technology, services and print and digital content to PreK-12 libraries, schools and higher education institutions, announced that it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to PreK-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide.
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closed 3/30/2016 via PR Newswire

Follett Corporation, acquired Wobo, Inc.

synopsis: Follett Corporation announced that the company has acquired Wobo, Inc., a leading service for independent managed campus stores to find and purchase books online in volume. The acquisition includes Wobo, Inc. assets including the BookVolume tool, enabling Follett Wholesale to leverage new technology in transforming the Wholesale business.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run. Follett works with 80,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Wobo, Inc.
Founded in 2004, Wobo, Inc. (Woody's Books, Inc.) began as an online vendor of books, cds and dvds. Selling through various online marketplaces provided Wobo, Inc. the foundation to expand into offering software solutions in and out of the book industry.
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closed 2/24/2016 via Company Press Release

Follett Corporation, acquired ClassBook.com

synopsis: Follett announced that it has acquired ClassBook, one of the K-12 education industry’s leaders in customized online bookstores that serve schools, teachers, parents and students. ClassBook provides private and parochial schools with 24/7 bookstores, streamlining and personalizing the ordering and fulfillment process for print and digital textbooks.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run. Follett works with 80,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: ClassBook.com
ClassBook is a leading online textbook and eTextbook retailer founded in 1992, serving primary and secondary private schools. The company pioneered the highly customizable online virtual bookstore that streamlined the buying process for students and their families.
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closed 11/2/2015 via PR Newswire

Follett Corporation, acquired Advanced-Online

synopsis: Follett, a trusted partner to schools by taking care of critical details to make schools easier to run, announced its acquisition of Advanced-Online, a leading ecommerce provider of branded merchandise store programs for education and corporate customers.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run. Follett works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Advanced-Online
Advanced-Online is a leading provider of Online Company store Programs. Programs are available to large organizations who want to control spending, protect brand integrity, automate order approval hierarchy and implement budget control features and 24/7 reporting.
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closed 6/11/2015 via Company Press Release

Follett Corporation, acquired Neebo

synopsis: Follett Corporation and Nebraska Book Company announced that Follett has purchased Neebo, Nebraska Book Company's retail store division. The agreement adds more than 200 complementary campus retail stores to Follett's portfolio, making Follett the operator of more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across North America.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Neebo
Neebo, Inc. supplies new and used textbooks to retail shops and online stores. The Company offers textbooks to students through campus bookstores, retail bookstores, and online. Neebo also sells a range of apparel and school supplies.
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announced 4/8/2013 via PR Newswire

Follett Corporation, will acquire BetterKnow, Inc.

synopsis: Follett Corporation will acquire BetterKnow, Inc. a provider of tools and technology to the higher education marketplace. BetterKnow's products, combined with Follett's footprint on more than 1,000 college and university campuses in North America, will provide instructors and students broader, more affordable access to course materials.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett Corporation provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. The company's divisions include: Follett Higher Education Group; Follett Library Resources; BWI; Follett Educational Services; Follett Software Company and Follett International. "
target: BetterKnow, Inc.
BetterKnow provides an institutional cloud-based service that makes course materials from all sources easily discoverable for instructors, affordable for students, and generates revenue for the institution.
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closed 8/25/2006 via Company Press Release

Follett Software Company, acquired TetraData

synopsis: Edison Venture Fund announced that Follett Software acquired TetraData for an undisclosed amount. TetraData is a leading provider of assessment and analysis solutions for state, regional, district, and school administrators.
buyer parent: Follett Corporation
buyer: Follett Software Company
Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, a respected name in education, known initially for building our nation’s school libraries beginning in 1874. "
target parent: Edison Venture Fund
target: TetraData
TetraData produces easy-to-use, high quality measurement, assessment and analysis solutions for state, regional, district, and school administrators.
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closed 7/26/2006 via Company Press Release

Follett Software Company, acquired Sagebrush Library Automation

synopsis: Follett Software Company, the country’s leading provider of K-12 library automation solutions, announced that it has acquired Sagebrush Corporation’s library automation business including Accent™, InfoCentre™, Athena™ and Spectrum™.
buyer parent: Follett Corporation
buyer: Follett Software Company
Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, a respected name in education, known initially for building our nation’s school libraries beginning in 1874. "
target parent: Tandem Library Group
target: Sagebrush Library Automation
Sagebrush features the award-winning Sagebrush Accent™, Sagebrush InfoCentre™, Sagebrush Athena™, Sagebrush Spectrum™, and library automation systems, the smart research tool Sagebrush Pinpoint™ and Sagebrush Viewpoint™ for informed, data-driven decision-making.
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closed 2/24/2016 via Company Press Release

Follett Corporation, acquired ClassBook.com

synopsis: Follett announced that it has acquired ClassBook, one of the K-12 education industry’s leaders in customized online bookstores that serve schools, teachers, parents and students. ClassBook provides private and parochial schools with 24/7 bookstores, streamlining and personalizing the ordering and fulfillment process for print and digital textbooks.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run. Follett works with 80,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: ClassBook.com
ClassBook is a leading online textbook and eTextbook retailer founded in 1992, serving primary and secondary private schools. The company pioneered the highly customizable online virtual bookstore that streamlined the buying process for students and their families.
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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 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 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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