Like Severn House Publishers Limited

closed 9/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Canongate Books Limited, acquired Severn House Publishers Limited

synopsis: Canongate has acquired Severn House Publishers, a specialist fiction publisher founded in 1974. Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house that produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction.
buyer: Canongate Books Limited
Canongate is an independent publisher. Since 1973 they’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, and life-changing. "
target: Severn House Publishers Limited
Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house, which produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction. Founded as a publisher of hardback fiction, they now produce titles in all formats, including eBooks and large print.
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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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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 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 9/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB, acquired Printz Publishing AB

synopsis: Norstedts Publishers, Sweden's oldest publishing house, has acquired Printz Publishing, a Swedish publisher. Printz Publishing mainly publishes fiction books that are well-written and smart feel-good novels with a touch of black humor. They also offer lifestyle books, cookbooks, biographies, and books about interior design.
buyer parent: Storytel AB
buyer: Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB (XSAT:STORY B:$46.02)
Founded in 1823, Norstedts is Sweden's oldest publishing house. The publishing program comprises fiction, non-fiction, academic, reference books and dictionaries. Norstedts comprises the imprints Rabén & Sjögren, B. Wahlströms, Massolit and Norstedts Kartor. "
target: Printz Publishing AB
Founded in 2010, Printz Publishing is a Swedish publisher. The company mainly publishes fiction books that are well-written and smart feel-good novels with a touch of black humor. Printz also offers non-fiction books such as lifestyle books, cookbooks, biographies, and books about interior design.
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$2
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closed 8/1/2017 via Company Press Release

JP/Politiken Forlag, acquired Hr. Ferdinand

synopsis: As of August 1, 2017, JP/Politiken Forlag acquired the publishing house Hr. Ferdinand and the two subsidiaries Don Max and C&K. They’ve specialized in translated literature with authors such as Dan Brown, Elena Ferrante, Stephen King, Alaa Al-Aswany, and Lena Dunham.
buyer parent: JP/Politikens Hus A/S
buyer: JP/Politiken Forlag
JP/Politikens Forlag was founded in 1946 and one of Denmark's largest publishers with an annual tradition of developing books, both in print and digital, in collaboration with academically acclaimed authors. JP/Politikens Forlag is part of JP/Politikens Hus A/S. "
target: Hr. Ferdinand
Hr. Ferdinand also consists of the subsidiaries C&K and Don Max. All three houses exclusively publish translated fiction with authors such as Dan Brown, Elena Ferrante, Stephen King, Alaa Al-Aswany, and Lena Dunham. Hr. Ferdinand, C&K and Don Max have an attractive portfolio of high quality titles.
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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 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 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 3/25/2014 via Wall Street Journal

Hodder & Stoughton General Publishing, will acquire Quercus

synopsis: Hodder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hachette UK has made an offer to acquire Quercus. Quercus specializes in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the prestigious MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hodder & Stoughton General Publishing
Hodder & Stoughton is a major publisher. They publish a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles and are renowned for passion, quality and delivering bestselling commercial books in many different formats. "
target: Quercus
Quercus specializes in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the prestigious MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints.
price ($mm)[EV]
$20 [$20]
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$33
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$2
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closed 9/18/2013 via Publishers Weekly

Start Publishing, acquired Salvo Press

synopsis: Start Publishing, the publishing division of Start Media, has purchased Salvo Press, an independent house specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror.
buyer parent: Start Media, LLC
buyer: Start Publishing
Start Publishing, LLC is a New York based publishing company that specializes in the publishing and marketing of eBooks. They have amassed roughly 1300 titles in the Start Publishing catalogue. "
target: Salvo Press
Salvo Press was founded in 1998 by Scott Schmit, the pen name of thriller author Trevor Scott, author of the popular Jake Adams International Espionage thriller series. Salvo Press currently has about 57 titles.
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closed 7/20/2012 via Company Press Release

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., acquired Alloy Entertainment

synopsis: Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros. Television Group has purchased Alloy Entertainment, the producer of "Gossip Girl" and other youth-oriented shows. Alloy Entertainment a leading producer of youth-oriented content for books, television, film and digital online series.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
The Warner Bros. Television Group oversees and grows the entire portfolio of Warner Bros.’ television businesses, including worldwide production, traditional and digital distribution, and broadcasting. "
target parent: ZelnickMedia Corp.
target: Alloy Entertainment
Alloy Entertainment is the producer of "Gossip Girl" and other youth-oriented television shows, films and books. Among the book series produced by the company are The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Clique, The A-List, Pretty Little Liars, Private, The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
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$5.00
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closed 6/4/2012 via BusinessWire

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired Avalon Books

synopsis: Amazon.com, Inc. and Avalon Books announced that Amazon Publishing has acquired the publication rights from Avalon Books to over 3,000 backlist titles predominantly in the Romance, Mystery and Western categories. Avalon Books has long been a home to writers specializing in wholesome entertainment across popular genres.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$347,945.00)
Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target: Avalon Books
Established in 1950 by Thomas Bouregy, Avalon Books has long been a home to writers specializing in wholesome entertainment across popular genres, such as Holly Jacobs, Carolyn Hughey and Carolyn Brown, whose book “The Ladies’ Room” was nominated for a 2012 RITA by the Romance Writers of America.
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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 9/18/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., acquired Reflector Entertainment

synopsis: Bandai Namco Entertainment, a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher, has acquired Reflector Entertainment, a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
buyer parent: BANDAI NAMCO Holdings, Inc.
buyer: Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher. Bandai Namco publishes and develops games for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. Their top video game franchises include PAC-MAN, Tekken, Galaga, Ace Combat, and more. "
target: Reflector Entertainment
Reflector Entertainment is a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates expanding universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across a wide variety of platforms, including novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
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closed 9/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Totally Entwined Group Limited, acquired Totally Entwined Group Limited

synopsis: The co-founders of Totally Entwined Group have acquired the company back from Bonnier Books UK, a major UK publisher. Totally Entwined is a romance fiction publisher based in the UK. Totally Entwined publishes 150 titles per year across three imprints, Totally Bound Publishing, Pride Publishing and Finch Books.
buyer: Totally Entwined Group Limited
Totally Entwined Group is a romance fiction publisher based in the UK. Totally Entwined publishes 150 titles per year across three imprints, romance brand Totally Bound Publishing, LGBTQI fiction-focused Pride Publishing and young adult specialist Finch Books. "
target parent: Bonnier AB
target: Totally Entwined Group Limited
Totally Entwined Group is a romance fiction publisher based in the UK. Totally Entwined publishes 150 titles per year across three imprints, romance brand Totally Bound Publishing, LGBTQI fiction-focused Pride Publishing and young adult specialist Finch Books.
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closed 12/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Sourcebooks, acquired Poisoned Pen Press

synopsis: Sourcebooks has announced that it has acquired most of the assets of Poisoned Pen Press and that the award-winning crime and mystery publisher will become Sourcebooks' mystery imprint. Poisoned Press' award-winning mystery writers and commitment to excellence for readers set them apart.
buyer: Sourcebooks
Sourcebooks is an independent publishing house dedicated to sharing their passion for books in a wide variety of genres, including fiction, romance, children’s, young adult, college bound, parenting, memoir, and poetry. "
target: Poisoned Pen Press
Founded in 1997 by Robert Rosenwald (President and Founder), and Barbara Peters (Editor-in-Chief), Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher of mystery novels. Their award-winning mystery writers and commitment to excellence for readers set them apart.
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closed 9/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Canongate Books Limited, acquired Severn House Publishers Limited

synopsis: Canongate has acquired Severn House Publishers, a specialist fiction publisher founded in 1974. Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house that produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction.
buyer: Canongate Books Limited
Canongate is an independent publisher. Since 1973 they’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, and life-changing. "
target: Severn House Publishers Limited
Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house, which produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction. Founded as a publisher of hardback fiction, they now produce titles in all formats, including eBooks and large print.
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closed 9/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Canongate Books Limited, acquired Severn House Publishers Limited

synopsis: Canongate has acquired Severn House Publishers, a specialist fiction publisher founded in 1974. Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house that produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction.
buyer: Canongate Books Limited
Canongate is an independent publisher. Since 1973 they’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, and life-changing. "
target: Severn House Publishers Limited
Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house, which produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction. Founded as a publisher of hardback fiction, they now produce titles in all formats, including eBooks and large print.
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closed 9/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Canongate Books Limited, acquired Severn House Publishers Limited

synopsis: Canongate has acquired Severn House Publishers, a specialist fiction publisher founded in 1974. Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house that produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction.
buyer: Canongate Books Limited
Canongate is an independent publisher. Since 1973 they’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, and life-changing. "
target: Severn House Publishers Limited
Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house, which produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction. Founded as a publisher of hardback fiction, they now produce titles in all formats, including eBooks and large print.
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closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$2.93)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
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$2
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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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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 12/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Welbeck Publishing Group, acquired Trigger Publishing

synopsis: Welbeck Publishing Group, a leading British publisher, has become the majority owner of UK-based Trigger Publishing, a publisher of mental health and wellbeing books for adults and children. Mental health books on the list will continue to publish under Trigger, which becomes part of a new wellness imprint called Welbeck Balance.
buyer: Welbeck Publishing Group
Welbeck Publishing Group is a leading UK-based publishing group. Welbeck Publishing Group is focused on illustrated reference, sport, entertainment, and children’s books, publishing under six imprints: Carlton, Goodman, Goodman Fiell, André Deutsch, Prion, and Carlton Kids. "
target: Trigger Publishing
Based in the UK, Trigger is an independent publisher devoted to opening up conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Trigger publishes books on a wide range of topics surrounding mental health and wellness, as well as launching Upside Down Books, its collection aimed at children.
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announced 11/25/2020 via BusinessWire

Penguin Random House, will acquire Simon & Schuster, Inc.

synopsis: ViacomCBS Inc. is to sell the publishing business Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is an American multinational conglomerate publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House and Penguin Group. Penguin Random House is the world's largest English language trade publisher, bringing people the best in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. "
target parent: ViacomCBS Inc.
target: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats.
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$2,175
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$814
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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 10/7/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Agillic, acquired Gyldendal A/S

synopsis: Agillic, a leading Danish omnichannel marketing software company, has acquired Gyldendal A/S, Denmark’s oldest and largest publishing house. With the acquisition, Gyldendal will be executing emails, SMS messages, and activating data through the Agillic platform to reach audiences in the Google, Facebook, and Adform ecosystems.
buyer: Agillic (CPSE:AGILC:$8.39)
Agillic is a Danish software company enabling marketers to maximise the use of data and translate it into relevant and personalised communication establishing strong relations between people and brands. "
target: Gyldendal A/S (:$140.57)
Gyldendal is Denmark's oldest and largest publishing house, consisting of Gyldendal Publishing, Gyldendal Education, and Systime. Founded in 1770, the company has been working to enrich Danish book readers with knowledge, art, culture, and entertaining reading experiences.
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$135
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$13
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closed 9/18/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., acquired Reflector Entertainment

synopsis: Bandai Namco Entertainment, a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher, has acquired Reflector Entertainment, a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
buyer parent: BANDAI NAMCO Holdings, Inc.
buyer: Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher. Bandai Namco publishes and develops games for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. Their top video game franchises include PAC-MAN, Tekken, Galaga, Ace Combat, and more. "
target: Reflector Entertainment
Reflector Entertainment is a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates expanding universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across a wide variety of platforms, including novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
price ($mm)
$11
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closed 9/9/2020 via Company Press Release

Hachette UK, acquired Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

synopsis: Hachette UK has announced the acquisition of Laurence King Publishing (LKP), the UK’s leading gift publisher and one of the country’s top three art publishers. Established in London in 1991, LKP is recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette UK
Hachette UK is a leading UK publishing group. The group is made up of ten autonomous publishing divisions and over fifty imprints with a rich and diverse history. Hachette UK is owned by Hachette Livre, the world’s second largest trade and educational publisher. "
target: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
Established in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing (LKP) is recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts. These include Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest adult colouring books.
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closed 9/3/2020 via Publishers Weekly

ABRAMS Books, acquired Cameron + Company

synopsis: Illustrated book publisher Abrams has acquired Cameron + Company, a family-owned independent house that specializes in books on photography art, lifestyle, children’s titles, and regional topics. Cameron + Company will operate as a standalone division at Abrams while giving Abrams a new West Coast perspective.
buyer parent: La Martiniere Groupe
buyer: ABRAMS Books
ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. The company publishes works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture, as well as children’s books. "
target: Cameron + Company
Cameron+Company is a boutique publishing house, creating and distributing quality books and calendars with a focus on photography, art, food+wine, children’s literature, and publications of regional interest.
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closed 6/10/2020 via BNC Analysis

Welbeck Publishing Group, acquired Eddison Books Ltd

synopsis: Welbeck Publishing Group has bought the assets of wellness publisher Eddison Books. Eddison Books was launched in 1892 under the name Eddison Saad, and published illustrated mind, body and spirit non-fiction. It was relaunched in 2015 and the company expanded to publish health, diet and fitness-related literature, in addition to self-help books.
buyer: Welbeck Publishing Group
Welbeck Publishing Group is a UK-based publishing group. Welbeck Publishing Group is focused on illustrated non-fiction and children’s books for the co-edition market as well as commercial fiction and non-fiction. "
target: Eddison Books Ltd
Eddison Books was launched in 1892 under the name Eddison Saad, and published illustrated mind, body and spirit non-fiction. It was relaunched in 2015 and the company expanded to publish health, diet and fitness-related literature, in addition to self-help books.
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closed 6/10/2020 via BNC Analysis

Intellect Ltd, acquired HammerOn Press

synopsis: Intellect, a UK-based academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries, has acquired HammerOn Press, an independent publisher in the UK. HammerOn Press publishes nonfiction focusing on feminist, anti-racist, trans, queer and anti-fascist subjects.
buyer: Intellect Ltd
Intellect is a UK-based academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries. Intellect publishes over 100 journals and over 50 academic books a year. Intellect seeks to offer an unbiased platform for quality critical debate. "
target: HammerOn Press
HammerOn Press is an independent publisher in the UK. HammerOn Press publishes nonfiction focusing on feminist, anti-racist, trans, queer and anti-fascist subjects. Their titles explore topics such as popular culture, community heritage, youth work, para-academia and the history of social movements.
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closed 5/13/2020 via Company Press Release

Pelican Publishing Co., Inc., acquired River Road Press LLC

synopsis: Arcadia Publishing, the nation’s leading publisher of books of local history and local interest, announced that it has acquired River Road Press, the dynamic publisher of books about New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region. Its catalog includes bestsellers such as The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill.
buyer parent: Lezen Acquisition
buyer: Pelican Publishing Co., Inc.
Pelican Publishing has been committed to publishing books of quality that enrich the lives of those who read them. In the 93 years since publishing William Faulkner and William Spratling’s Sherwood Anderson and Other Creole Characters, Pelican has pushed the perceptions of Southern publishing. "
target: River Road Press LLC
River Road Press, the dynamic publisher of books about New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region. Its catalog includes bestsellers such as The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill and Simon of New Orleans, by Yvonne Spear Perret.
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closed 4/1/2020 via BNC Analysis

Jonathan Ball Publishers (Pty) Ltd., acquired Icon Books

synopsis: Jonathan Ball Publishers, a leading publisher and distributor of English general books in South Africa, has acquired Icon Books, an independent publisher in the UK. Icon Books is a non-fiction publisher is a member of the Independent Alliance, and features titles across popular science, history, psychology, and current affairs.
buyer parent: Naspers Ltd.
buyer: Jonathan Ball Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Jonathan Ball Publishers is a leading publisher and distributor of English general books in South Africa. The company specializes in South African history, politics, and current affairs and acts as agents for British and American publishers marketing and distributing on their behalf. "
target: Icon Books
Icon Books is an independent publisher in the UK that specialises in intelligent, quality non-fiction for a general audience. Their Introducing Graphic Guide series thrives alongside a list of books in science, history, politics, sport, language, humour, and more.
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closed 3/20/2020 via Company Press Release

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Zed Books Limited

synopsis: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, a global independent publisher, has acquired Zed Books Limited, the London-based academic and non-fiction publisher. Zed will operate within Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional division, strengthening its offerings in African Studies and Development Studies.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$182.14)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school, and higher education markets. Its Academic division publishes around 1,800 titles per year, specializing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. "
target: Zed Books Limited
UK-based Zed is the world's largest publishing collective that operates in two divisions, Zed Books and Zed Scholar. Zed Books publishes socially and politically meaningful books for general readers. Zed Scholar is an award-winning, academic publisher of critical social science research.
price ($mm)
$2.28
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/2/2020 via Publishers Weekly

Mango Publishing, acquired Yellow Pear Press

synopsis: Mango Publishing, an innovative independent publisher, has acquired Yellow Pear Press, a boutique publisher that specializes in lifestyle and regional titles as well as notecards and journals. Yellow Pear Press publishes beautifully designed books that inspire and delight book lovers who appreciate distinctive, insightful, witty, and playful books.
buyer: Mango Publishing
Mango Publishing is an innovative independent publisher. Mango's goal is to create high-quality books that explore new ideas and start conversations with their readers. Their books covers a broad range of topics, including new science, de-cluttering, creativity, lifestyle, personal growth, and more."
target: Yellow Pear Press
Yellow Pear Press is a boutique publisher that specializes in lifestyle and regional titles as well as notecards and journals. Yellow Pear Press publishes beautifully designed books that inspire and delight book lovers who appreciate distinctive, insightful, witty, and playful books.
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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 10/9/2019 via Company Press Release

Princeton University Press, acquired Wild Nature Press Ltd

synopsis: Princeton University Press, a nonprofit publisher, has acquired Wild Nature Press, a UK-based natural history publisher. Wild Nature Press specializes in marine-life books. Their books combine eye-opening natural history discovery with the very best in writing, design, illustration and photography.
buyer: Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press is a nonprofit publisher with close connections to Princeton University. Princeton University Press seeks to publish the innovative works of the greatest minds in academia, from the most respected senior scholar to the extraordinarily promising graduate student. "
target: Wild Nature Press Ltd
Wild Nature Press is a UK-based natural history publisher. Wild Nature Press specializes in marine-life books. Their books combine eye-opening natural history discovery with the very best in writing, design, illustration and photography.
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closed 10/2/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Mango Publishing, acquired CONARI PRESS

synopsis: Mango Publishing, an innovative independent publisher, has acquired Conari Press from Red Wheel/Weiser, a publisher of occult and New Age books. Conari Press is a publisher dedicated to publishing books that make a difference in people's lives. Conari Press publishes in the areas of personal growth, spirituality, parenting and women's issues.
buyer: Mango Publishing
Mango Publishing is an innovative independent publisher. Mango's goal is to create high-quality books that explore new ideas and start conversations with their readers. Their books covers a broad range of topics, including new science, de-cluttering, creativity, lifestyle, personal growth, and more."
target parent: Red Wheel/Weiser LLC
target: CONARI PRESS
Conari Press is a publisher dedicated to publishing books that make a difference in people's lives. Conari Press publishes in the areas of personal growth, spirituality, parenting and women's issues. Their books reveal, explore, and incite readers to grow spiritually and emotionally.
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