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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Canelo, acquired Frisch & Co.

synopsis: Canelo has acquired Berlin-based translated fiction publisher Frisch & Co. Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.
buyer: Canelo
Canelo is a digital publisher, dedicated to finding the most exciting fiction and non-fiction for release as ebooks, apps and on the web. "
target: Frisch & Co.
Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based ebook company that focuses on publishing contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Frisch & Co. seeks to bring innovative and original writing into English for a worldwide audience.
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closed 3/29/2017 via Company Press Release

Hachette UK, acquired Bookouture

synopsis: Hachette UK, the second largest publisher in the UK, has acquired Bookouture, a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette UK
Hachette UK is a leading UK trade publishing group. The group is made up of several publishing companies and imprints including Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Quercus Books, Orion Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group, Hachette Children's Books, and more. "
target: Bookouture
Bookouture is a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
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closed 11/13/2014 via BNC Analysis

Vook, Inc., acquired Coliloquy, LLC

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is pleased to announce it is acquiring the publishing arm of Coliloquy, a Palo Alto-based digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps. They pioneered the creation of interactive, reader-driven narratives on the Kindle E Ink platform, eventually publishing over 30 titles across all ebook and mobile platforms.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook, Inc. operates as a publisher of ebooks. It also offers service for distributing the ebooks globally. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in New York, New York. "
target: Coliloquy, LLC
Coliloquy is a digital publisher of active fiction, specializing in reader engagement and serial storytelling. They leverage advances in technology to create groundbreaking new forms of digital fiction.
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Radish

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment will acquire storytelling platform based Radish Media, Inc. (hereafter Radish). Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Radish
Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series. Its wide variety of stories are published and read in bite-sized installments, optimized for the smartphone reader.
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
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closed 11/4/2020 via Company Press Release

Real World Co., Ltd, acquired Manga Tairiku

synopsis: Real World Co., Ltd. has taken over Manga Tairiku, which is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
buyer: Real World Co., Ltd (TSE:3691:$6.82)
Based in Japan, Real World Co., Ltd. provides crowd-sourcing services that allows people to work without restrictions on time, place, age, gender, and experience. The company also operates point services and point exchange services to cash or electronic money. "
target: Manga Tairiku
Manga Tairiku business is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
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closed 8/11/2021 via BNC Analysis

10 Canelo, acquired Hera

synopsis: British digital commercial fiction publisher Hera Books has been acquired by Canelo, an eBook and paperback publisher headquartered in the UK. The acquisition of Hera is part of Canelo's growth strategy and will allow the publisher to build stronger readerships and provide a broader retailer offering.
buyer: 10 Canelo
Based in the UK, Canelo is an eBook and paperback publisher and one of the fastest-growing publishing companies in Europe. Canelo publishes fiction works from internationally bestselling authors, out of print works brought to life for contemporary audiences, and new and emerging writers. "
target: Hera
Hera is a woman-owned, digital-first publisher based in the UK. From gripping psychological suspense, police procedurals and serial killer thrillers, to romance, heartwarming sagas, quirky uplifting fiction and sexy, glamorous contemporary fiction, Hera publishes the very best in commercial fiction.
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closed 3/2/2018 via PR Web

She Writes Press, acquired Shebooks

synopsis: She Writes Press, an independent publishing company, has acquired Shebooks, a publisher of short e-books written by women, for women. Shebooks offers a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction, and journalism tailored to women. All of their e-books are easy read and can be downloaded on any digital device.
buyer parent: SparkPoint Studio
buyer: She Writes Press
She Writes Press is an independent publishing company. The company serves members of SheWrites.com, the largest global community of women writers online. She Writes Press serves writers who wish to maintain greater ownership and control of their projects while still getting quality editorial help. "
target: Shebooks
Founded in 2013, Shebooks is a publisher of short e-books written by women, for women. They offer a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction, and journalism tailored to women. All of their e-books are easy read and can be downloaded on any digital device.
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announced 9/11/2014 via PR Newswire

Vook, Inc., will acquire Byliner

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is acquiring Byliner, the pre-eminent boutique publisher of the world's best short fiction and non-fiction. Vook's proprietary publishing and data-driven marketing platform powers the publishing programs of the world's leading media companies and brands. Byliner is joining Vook as its first in-house imprint.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Brad Inman with the vision of lighting up the world’s content in the post PC world. Vook has created an innovative technology platform that produces rich media experiences for the tablet market. "
target: Byliner
Byliner, named “one of the 10 Most Innovative Media Companies in the World”, is a subscription reading service and publisher of award-winning fiction and nonfiction e-shorts, digital books written to be read in two hours or less. It was founded in spring 2011 and is headquartered in San Francisco.
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Townsquare Media Group, will purchase Music and Comic Book Sites from AOL Inc.

synopsis: Townsquare Media Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire AOL Music assets The Boot, The BoomBox and NoiseCreep, as well as ComicsAlliance from AOL Inc. The new digital properties will join Townsquare Media Group’s national digital business and the staffs of these sites are joining Townsquare.
buyer: Townsquare Media Group (NYSE:TSQ:$507.43)
Townsquare Media Group is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates radio, digital and live event properties. The Company specializes in creating and distributing original entertainment, music and lifestyle content. "
seller: AOL Inc. (AOL:$2,569.00)
The AOL Music assets include: country and bluegrass site "The Boot"; rap, hip-hop and R&B site "The BoomBox"; and hard rock and heavy metal site "NoiseCreep", as well as comic books site "ComicsAlliance".
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closed 4/4/2016 via PR Newswire

Valnet Inc., acquired Comic Book Resources (CBR)

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired ComicBookResources.com, a popular and unique media outlet for comic book related news, reviews and discussion. Comic Book Resources (CBR) began as a forum providing a platform for comic enthusiasts to share and discuss the latest news and trends in the comic book industry.
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet, a leader in Online Media Publishing, creates and distributes original content for its brands and audiences, worldwide. Valnet has acquired and developed a variety of web properties including movie and TV news website ScreenRant.com. "
target: Comic Book Resources (CBR)
Comic Book Resources began as a forum providing a platform for comic enthusiasts to share and discuss news and trends in the comic book industry. It grew to become the most reliable and reputable resource for all comic book-related news and commentary through informative and entertaining content.
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closed 10/8/2007 via PR Newswire

Imaginova Corp., acquired Newsarama.com

synopsis: Imaginova Corp., a leading digital media and commerce company that reaches a large intellectually curious audience, today announced the acquisition of Newsarama.com, the media property of record for the global comic book community.
buyer: Imaginova Corp.
Imaginova, a leading digital media and commerce company, is the preeminent online destination for the Intellectually Curious. The Imaginova Network of media properties delivers engaging and entertaining editorial and multimedia content to a robust community of curious and well-informed users. "
target: Newsarama.com
Newsarama.com is the most reputable and popular publication of any kind covering the comic book industry and one of the most successful genre entertainment websites on the Internet.
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closed 6/27/2007 via BusinessWire

Shutterfly, Inc., acquired Make it About Me!

synopsis: Shutterfly, Inc. a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, today announced the acquisition of Make it About Me!, a publishing company that produces customized children’s books including My Adventure on Sesame Street and My Amazing Alphabet Adventures.
buyer: Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY:$2,086.78)
Shutterfly, Inc. provides Internet-based social expression and personal publishing services that enable consumers to share, print, and preserve photos. The company offers products and services for consumers to upload, edit, organize, find, share, create, print, and preserve their digital photos. "
target: Make it About Me!
Make it About Me! is a publishing company that produces customized children’s books including My Adventure on Sesame Street and My Amazing Alphabet Adventures. These new adventure books enable children to “star” in their own stories by integrating the child’s picture into the book’s illustrations.
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closed 7/28/2021 via BusinessWire

Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., acquired Bloodhound Books Ltd.

synopsis: Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M), a leading marketing technology company, has acquired Bloodhound Books, a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, and more.
buyer: Open Road Integrated Media, Inc.
Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M) is a marketing tech company that helps businesses reach consumers and convert them into customers. OR/M invests in a data-informed consumer-first model which provides discovery for 100% of content and books to consumers through its digital technology. "
target: Bloodhound Books Ltd.
Bloodhound Books is a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, A Time to Change, and more.
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closed 6/2/2021 via BNC Analysis

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Head of Zeus

synopsis: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, a global independent publisher, has acquired Head of Zeus Limited (HoZ), an independent publishing house in the UK. HoZ publishes genre fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books. Their authors write biographies, crime novels, romances, popular science, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, and more.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$261.90)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school, and higher education markets. Its Academic division publishes around 1,800 titles per year, specializing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. "
target: Head of Zeus
Head of Zeus (HoZ) is an independent publishing house in the UK. HoZ publishes genre fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books. Their authors write biographies, crime novels, romances, popular science, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, cook books, and more.
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$11
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closed 1/31/2021 via BNC Analysis

Turner Publishing Company, acquired Prospect Park Books LLC

synopsis: Turner Publishing Company announced its acquisition of Prospect Park Books of Altadena, California. Prospect Park Books is a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles. The acquisition comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published.
buyer: Turner Publishing Company
Founded in 1985, Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning independent publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee, that currently publishes more than 5,000 titles. It has been named five times to Publishers Weekly's Fastest Growing Publishers List. "
target: Prospect Park Books LLC
Prospect Park Books is a California native, publishing beautiful print and digital books with wit, creativity, and intelligence. They're a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles.
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closed 10/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Vesuvian Media Group, acquired Black Spot Books

synopsis: Vesuvian Media Group, a Los Angeles–based books-to-film multimedia company, has acquired Black Spot Books, a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction that has released about 12 titles of speculative fiction with another dozen in the publishing pipeline.
buyer: Vesuvian Media Group
Vesuvian Media Group is a books-to-film multimedia corporation dedicated to creating quality entertainment across literary and visual arts. Through the divisions of Vesuvian Books and Vesuvian Entertainment, VMG provides Hollywood unparalleled access to high quality content and talent. "
target: Black Spot Books
Black Spot Books is a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction. They aim to release books monthly and their books include Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker and And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva.
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closed 9/4/2019 via BNC Analysis

Iron Stream Media, acquired Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas LLC

synopsis: Iron Stream Media, a Christian publisher, has acquired Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC Books), a traditional, royalty-paying publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles. LPC Books works with Christian Devotions Ministries to produce truth-filled books. Their books range from romance and suspense to westerns and Christian nonfiction.
buyer: Iron Stream Media
Iron Stream Media is a Christian publisher. The company provides a variety of solutions for churches, missionaries, and nonprofits that include Bible study curriculum, Christian book publishing, and more. Their brands include New Hope Publishers, Iron Stream Books, Ascender Books, and New Hope Kidz."
target: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas LLC
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC Books) is a traditional, royalty-paying publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles. LPC Books works with Christian Devotions Ministries to produce truth-filled books. Their books range from romance and suspense to westerns and Christian nonfiction.
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closed 3/20/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Rowman & Littlefield, acquired McBooks Press

synopsis: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group has acquired McBooks Press of Ithaca, N.Y. McBooks’ extensive list of publications features genres of historical fiction, particularly naval and military fiction, nonfiction, healthy living and sports.
buyer: Rowman & Littlefield
Rowman & Littlefield is a leading independent publisher. They focus on academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, and educational publishing. In addition to print publishing they also specialize in creating e-book editions. "
target: McBooks Press
McBooks Press has been publishing books independently for over 30 years. McBooks’ extensive list of publications features genres of historical fiction, particularly naval and military fiction, nonfiction, healthy living and sports. Most of their titles are also available as e-books.
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closed 1/18/2019 via Company Press Release

Histria Books, acquired Addison & Highsmith Publishers

synopsis: Histria Books, a company that publishes general interest books, fiction and literature, and children’s books, as well as scholarly books in broad range of categories, has acquired Addison & Highsmith Publishers, an adult fiction publishing company, dedicated to historical fiction, science fiction, detective novels and other categories of fiction.
buyer: Histria Books
Histria Books publishes general interest books, fiction and literature, and children’s books, as well as scholarly books in broad range of categories. Originally established as an academic publishing house, Histria Books is now an independent publishing house. "
target: Addison & Highsmith Publishers
Addison & Highsmith Publishers is an adult fiction publishing company whose title catalogue include the works of best-selling author, S.P. Grogan. They are dedicated to works of adult fiction, including historical fiction, science fiction, detective novels and other categories of fiction.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Canelo, acquired Frisch & Co.

synopsis: Canelo has acquired Berlin-based translated fiction publisher Frisch & Co. Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.
buyer: Canelo
Canelo is a digital publisher, dedicated to finding the most exciting fiction and non-fiction for release as ebooks, apps and on the web. "
target: Frisch & Co.
Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based ebook company that focuses on publishing contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Frisch & Co. seeks to bring innovative and original writing into English for a worldwide audience.
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closed 8/11/2021 via BNC Analysis

10 Canelo, acquired Hera

synopsis: British digital commercial fiction publisher Hera Books has been acquired by Canelo, an eBook and paperback publisher headquartered in the UK. The acquisition of Hera is part of Canelo's growth strategy and will allow the publisher to build stronger readerships and provide a broader retailer offering.
buyer: 10 Canelo
Based in the UK, Canelo is an eBook and paperback publisher and one of the fastest-growing publishing companies in Europe. Canelo publishes fiction works from internationally bestselling authors, out of print works brought to life for contemporary audiences, and new and emerging writers. "
target: Hera
Hera is a woman-owned, digital-first publisher based in the UK. From gripping psychological suspense, police procedurals and serial killer thrillers, to romance, heartwarming sagas, quirky uplifting fiction and sexy, glamorous contemporary fiction, Hera publishes the very best in commercial fiction.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Canelo, acquired Frisch & Co.

synopsis: Canelo has acquired Berlin-based translated fiction publisher Frisch & Co. Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.
buyer: Canelo
Canelo is a digital publisher, dedicated to finding the most exciting fiction and non-fiction for release as ebooks, apps and on the web. "
target: Frisch & Co.
Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based ebook company that focuses on publishing contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Frisch & Co. seeks to bring innovative and original writing into English for a worldwide audience.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Canelo, acquired Frisch & Co.

synopsis: Canelo has acquired Berlin-based translated fiction publisher Frisch & Co. Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.
buyer: Canelo
Canelo is a digital publisher, dedicated to finding the most exciting fiction and non-fiction for release as ebooks, apps and on the web. "
target: Frisch & Co.
Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based ebook company that focuses on publishing contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Frisch & Co. seeks to bring innovative and original writing into English for a worldwide audience.
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closed 10/13/2021 via BNC Analysis

Nextory AB, acquired Youboox

synopsis: Nextory, one the largest streaming services for books in Europe, has acquired Youboox, a streaming service for books in France. Youboox aims to make reading available to as many people as possible. Their web and mobile platform provides their subscribers with access to over 400,000 titles in all formats, including audio, text and illustrated.
buyer: Nextory AB
Founded by Shadi Bitar and Ninos Malki, Nextory is a digital book service with hundreds of thousands of audio and e-books. Nextory launched in Sweden in 2015 and has since expanded to Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway. "
target: Youboox
Youboox is a streaming service for books in France. Youboox aims to make reading available to as many people as possible. Their web and mobile platform provides their subscribers with unlimited access to over 400,000 high-quality titles in all formats, including audio, text and illustrated.
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closed 7/28/2021 via BusinessWire

Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., acquired Bloodhound Books Ltd.

synopsis: Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M), a leading marketing technology company, has acquired Bloodhound Books, a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, and more.
buyer: Open Road Integrated Media, Inc.
Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M) is a marketing tech company that helps businesses reach consumers and convert them into customers. OR/M invests in a data-informed consumer-first model which provides discovery for 100% of content and books to consumers through its digital technology. "
target: Bloodhound Books Ltd.
Bloodhound Books is a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, A Time to Change, and more.
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closed 6/9/2021 via BNC Analysis

Nextory AB, acquired Nubico

synopsis: Telefonica has just sold their Nubico ebook service to Nextory, a Swedish company. Barcelona-based Nubico was originally developed in 2013 and currently offers an unlimited platform, with a library of 50,000 books and 80 magazines for €8.99 per month. Nextory will continue to offer the standalone service in Spain.
buyer: Nextory AB
Nextory is a digital book service with hundreds of thousands of audio and e-books founded in 2015 by Shadi Bitar and Ninos Malki. Nextory launched in Sweden in 2015 and has since expanded to Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway. "
target parent: Telefonica S.A.
target: Nubico
Barcelona-based Nubico is a subscription book and magazine app allows users to access a catalog of more than 50,000 books and 80 magazines from €8.99 per month. This service lets users read on any device (eReader, iPhone, iPad or Android) and allows access to a growing digital library.
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Radish

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment will acquire storytelling platform based Radish Media, Inc. (hereafter Radish). Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Radish
Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series. Its wide variety of stories are published and read in bite-sized installments, optimized for the smartphone reader.
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
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closed 11/4/2020 via Company Press Release

Real World Co., Ltd, acquired Manga Tairiku

synopsis: Real World Co., Ltd. has taken over Manga Tairiku, which is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
buyer: Real World Co., Ltd (TSE:3691:$6.82)
Based in Japan, Real World Co., Ltd. provides crowd-sourcing services that allows people to work without restrictions on time, place, age, gender, and experience. The company also operates point services and point exchange services to cash or electronic money. "
target: Manga Tairiku
Manga Tairiku business is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
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announced 3/12/2018 via BNC Analysis

Legimi SA, will acquire readfy GmbH

synopsis: Legimi SA, a provider of subscription-based e-books and audiobooks, has agreed to acquire readfy. Based in Germany, readfy is a leading reading application. They offer a freemium model in which users can read e-books in exchange for displayed advertisements. readfy has agreements with over 300 publishers, offering 180,000 titles.
buyer: Legimi SA
Based in Poland, Legimi was founded to make it easy and enjoyable to read e-books on every type of device. Legimi offers e-books and audiobooks in a subscription model in different price ranges as well as the à la carte purchase of individual titles. "
target: readfy GmbH
Based in Germany, readfy is a leading reading application. They offer a freemium model in which users can read e-books in exchange for displayed advertisements. readfy has agreements with over 300 publishers, offering 180,000 titles. Users get free and unlimited access to e-books in five languages.
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Hachette UK, acquired Bookouture

synopsis: Hachette UK, the second largest publisher in the UK, has acquired Bookouture, a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette UK
Hachette UK is a leading UK trade publishing group. The group is made up of several publishing companies and imprints including Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Quercus Books, Orion Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group, Hachette Children's Books, and more. "
target: Bookouture
Bookouture is a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
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announced 8/3/2016 via Reuters

ASAPnetwork Inc, will purchase Content Business from AXEL MARK

synopsis: Axel Mark will transfer its content business to ASAPnetwork. Axel Mark's content business includes business operations of music, e-books, and videos for mobile phones.
buyer: ASAPnetwork Inc
Asap Network Inc. was founded in 2000. The Company's line of business includes providing computer programming services. "
seller: Axel Mark (TSE:3624:$29.14)
Axel Mark's content business includes business operations of music, e-books, and videos for mobile phones.
price ($mm)
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$4
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closed 10/16/2015 via PR Newswire

Luz Mundial, acquired La Biblia Reina Valera

synopsis: Luz Mundial, a collection of websites to help reflect the world the light of Christ, announced its acquisition of a Spanish-only Bible study iPhone app, La Biblia Reina Valera. More than one million people in six continents have used the app and the number continues to grow.
buyer parent: Salem Media Group
buyer: Luz Mundial
Luz Mundial is company with a collection of websites to help reflect the world the light of Christ. They are dedicated to serving their users and ministries associated with the message of the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ as the center of everything they do. "
target: La Biblia Reina Valera
La Biblia Reina Valera is a Spanish-only Bible study iPhone app. More than one million people in 6 continents have used the app – La Biblia Reina Valera (de estudio en Español) – and the number continues to grow.
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closed 12/31/2014 via Company Press Release

Pinter & Martin Ltd., acquired YogaWords

synopsis: Pinter & Martin Ltd. is delighted to announce the acquisition of YogaWords, the renowned specialist yoga book publisher. They have built a reputation as a thriving publisher of expertly edited, beautifully designed yoga titles that accompany practitioners and teachers through a lifelong practice of yoga.
buyer: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
Pinter & Martin Ltd. is an independent publishing company based in London. They specialise in psychology and pregnancy, birth & parenting subjects and publish around 15-20 books a year and distribute most of them worldwide. "
target: YogaWords
YogaWords provides online yoga books. Their books range from practice and teaching manuals to major texts about yoga philosophy. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in London, United Kingdom.
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closed 11/13/2014 via BNC Analysis

Vook, Inc., acquired Coliloquy, LLC

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is pleased to announce it is acquiring the publishing arm of Coliloquy, a Palo Alto-based digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps. They pioneered the creation of interactive, reader-driven narratives on the Kindle E Ink platform, eventually publishing over 30 titles across all ebook and mobile platforms.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook, Inc. operates as a publisher of ebooks. It also offers service for distributing the ebooks globally. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in New York, New York. "
target: Coliloquy, LLC
Coliloquy is a digital publisher of active fiction, specializing in reader engagement and serial storytelling. They leverage advances in technology to create groundbreaking new forms of digital fiction.
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closed 2/10/2014 via BNC Analysis

Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., acquired e-reads

synopsis: Open Road will add over 1,200 titles to its list with its purchase of E-Reads, the independent ebook publisher founded in 1999 by Richard Curtis.
buyer: Open Road Integrated Media, Inc.
Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. "
target: e-reads
E-Reads is the oldest independent e-book publisher in the field and an innovative leader in the modern book industry. Their mission is to bring out-of-print books back in electronic and print formats and create an independent e-book market for authors.
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closed 3/5/2012 via Company Press Release

OverDrive Inc., acquired Booki.sh

synopsis: OverDrive, Inc., announced it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser.
buyer: OverDrive Inc.
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers--serving millions of end users globally. "
target parent: Inventive Labs Pty Ltd.
target: Booki.sh
Booki.sh is an immersive reading environment. Booki.sh is a complete web-based platform for distributing, selling and reading ebooks that is simple to use on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh is your own ebook library in the cloud, accessible from anywhere and almost anything.
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closed 9/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Storytel AB, acquired iCast

synopsis: Storytel AB, Northern Europe’s leading audiobook and e-book streaming service, has acquired iCast, an Israeli audiobook company. iCast offers an online platform where people can download and listen to audiobooks. Their platform has a catalog of over 2,500 titles in Hebrew. These include classics such as The Handmaid's Tale and The Great Gatsby.
buyer: Storytel AB (NGM:STORY B:$334.93)
Storytel is Northern Europe’s leading audiobook and e-book streaming service and offers unlimited listening and reading of more than 500,000 titles on a global scale. Their vision is to make the world a more empathetic place with great stories to be shared and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere. "
target: iCast
iCast is an Israeli audiobook company. iCast offers an online platform where people can download and listen to audiobooks. Their platform has a catalog of over 2,500 titles in Hebrew. These include classics translated into Hebrew, such as The Handmaid's Tale and The Great Gatsby.
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closed 7/8/2020 via Company Press Release

Storytel AB, acquired Kitab Sawti

synopsis: Storytel AB, one of the world’s leading audiobook and e-book streaming services, is acquiring Kitab Sawti, a leading audiobook streaming service in the Middle East and the Arabic speaking world. Through a user-friendly smart-phone app, Kitab Sawti grants Arabic speakers access to bestselling and award-winning titles in an audio format.
buyer: Storytel AB (NGM:STORY B:$334.93)
Storytel AB is a digital subscription service that streams audio books for mobile phones. It offers audio and e-books for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices in Swedish and English under the Storytel brand. The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden. "
target: Kitab Sawti
Kitab Sawti is the world’s largest Arabic audiobooks library. Through a user-friendly smart-phone app, they grant Arabic speakers access to bestselling and award-winning titles in an audio format.
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closed 3/23/2020 via New York Times

The New York Times Company, acquired Audm

synopsis: The New York Times Company has acquired Audm, the subscription-based audio app that offers listeners the world’s best longform journalism, read aloud word-for-word by celebrated audiobook narrators. Audm, launched in 2016 by Ryan Wegner and Christian Brink, transforms longform articles into narrated audio.
buyer: The New York Times Company (NYT:$1,784.76)
The New York Times Company a global media organization focused on creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The New York Times brand a trusted source of news and information for readers and viewers across various platforms. "
target: Audm
Launched in 2016 by Ryan Wegner and Christian Brink, Audm transforms longform articles into audio. Audm users can listen to hours of new stories every week, from publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and a host of other publishers.
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closed 3/11/2020 via PR Web

RBmedia, acquired Graphic Audio, LLC

synopsis: RBmedia, a leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, has acquired GraphicAudio, a producer of dramatized audio content featuring a full cast of actors, sound effects, and cinematic music. GraphicAudio is home to the largest catalog of full cast dramatizations in the industry, with over 1,300 titles across 150 series.
buyer parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
buyer: RBmedia
RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers digital content through its platforms, including audiobooks, streaming video, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. "
target: Graphic Audio, LLC
GraphicAudio is a leader in immersive dramatized audio and the developer of the “A Movie in Your Mind” audiobook entertainment format. The company has produced titles with comic brands such as Marvel, DC Comics, Dynamite, and Vault Comics, as well as award-winning authors.
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announced 7/16/2018 via BusinessWire

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., will acquire RBmedia

synopsis: KKR, a leading global investment firm, and RBmedia, a leading digital audiobook and related spoken content producer, announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which KKR will acquire RBmedia from Shamrock Capital.
buyer: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR:$20,635.61)
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, growth equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds. "
target parent: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
target: RBmedia
RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers – at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and offers audiobooks, educational courses and entertainment titles.
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