Like Ragged Bears Ltd.

closed 9/12/2005 via BookMonday

Advanced Marketing Services, Inc., acquired Ragged Bears Ltd.

synopsis: Advanced Marketing Services purchased the distribution assets of Ragged Bears Ltd., a U.K.-based book distributor whose clients include Chronicle Children’s, Moonlight Publishing, North-South Books, Ragged Bears Publishing and Lothian Books.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: 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. "
target: Ragged Bears Ltd.
Ragged Bears distribute thousands of children’s book titles from many different book publishers. We also offer a selection of gift & stationery items, such as Advent calendars, notebooks & soft toys.
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closed 5/13/2020 via BNC Analysis

Trustbridge Partners, acquired Walker Books (UK)

synopsis: Forty-year-old independent Walker Books has been acquired by global children's content company Trustbridge Global Media, owned by private equity firm Trustbridge Partners. Walker is the world's leading employee-owned, independent British publisher of children's books.
buyer: Trustbridge Partners
Trustbridge Partners is a leading growth equity investor based in Shanghai. The firm focuses on high-quality growth opportunities in China. Trustbridge manages approximately $8 billion in assets from an investor base that includes university endowments, pension funds and strategic industry partners."
target: Walker Books (UK)
Walker is the world's leading employee-owned, independent British publisher of children's books. Walker Books is renowned for its truly original publishing and outstanding quality. Home to books for all ages, Walker Books publishes many award-winning authors, illustrators and brands.
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announced 4/8/2020 via Company Press Release

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, will purchase UK and Poland Children's Books Business from Egmont Publishing

synopsis: Egmont Publishing announced that it has been agreed to sell the children’s books businesses in the UK and Poland together with Schneiderbuch in Germany, another children's books publisher, to HarperCollins.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. HarperCollins has publishing operations in 17 countries. With more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages. "
seller parent: Egmont Foundation
seller: Egmont Publishing
The acquisition includes the Egmont children’s books businesses in the UK and Poland as well as Schneiderbuch in Germany, another children's books publisher. Egmont Publishing is the UK’s leading specialist children’s publisher for babies to teens.
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closed 3/4/2020 via BNC Analysis

Boyds Mills & Kane, acquired minedition

synopsis: Boyds Mills & Kane, a publisher of illustrated titles for children ages 3 to 11, has acquired a majority stake in minedition, an international children's book publisher that specializes in picture books. minedition publishes high quality picture books that help children to develop a deeper appreciation for the world and expand their dreams.
buyer parent: Thinkingdom Media Group Ltd.
buyer: Boyds Mills & Kane
Boyds Mills & Kane is a publisher of illustrated titles for children ages 3 to 11. Boyds Mills & Kane offers fictional and nonfictional stories that help children improve their literacy skills. Their books feature clever plots, appealing characters and kid-sized dilemmas that children can relate to."
target: minedition
minedition is an international children's book publisher that specializes in picture books. minedition publishes high quality picture books that help children to develop a deeper appreciation for the world, expand their dreams and learn how to respect the environment, others and themselves.
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closed 1/8/2020 via BNC Analysis

Sourcebooks, acquired Dawn Publications

synopsis: Sourcebooks, the Chicagoland independent publishing company, has acquired Dawn Publications, a Nevada City, Calif., press that is known in the school and library market for publishing picture books about nature and the environment. Dawn Publications was founded in 1979 with the publication of Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Bharat Cornell.
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: Dawn Publications
Dawn Publications, a Nevada City, Calif., press is known in the school and library market for publishing picture books about nature and the environment. Dawn Publications was founded in 1979 with the publication of Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Bharat Cornell.
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closed 12/11/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House India, acquired Duckbill Books

synopsis: Penguin Random House India, a publisher of fiction and non-fiction books in India, has acquired Duckbill Books, a publishing house in India that publishes children's books. Duckbill offers an eclectic mix of books for readers ranging from six-year-olds to young adults. Their books are primarily contemporary fiction with Indian settings.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House India
Penguin Random House India has been publishing in India for over thirty years, and publishes over three hundred newly acquired titles every year, with an active backlist of over four thousand titles. With a strong fiction and non-fiction list, it publishes across every segment. "
target: Duckbill Books
Duckbill Books is an independent publishing house in India that publishes children's books. Duckbill offers an eclectic mix of books for readers ranging from six-year-olds to young adults. Their books are primarily contemporary fiction with Indian settings.
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announced 11/13/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Penguin Random House, will acquire Eric Carle LLC

synopsis: Penguin Random House, a multinational conglomerate publishing company formed from the merger of Random House and Penguin Group, will acquire Eric Carle LLC, a company that manages the author Eric Carle’s books and has grown to include live children’s theater adaptions, interactive apps, direct-to-retail license and food- and beverage-licensing.
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: Eric Carle LLC
Eric Carle LLC manages the author Eric Carle’s books. The brand has grown to include live children’s theater adaptions, interactive apps, direct-to-retail license and “good for you” food- and beverage-licensing, making it one of the biggest book-based preschool brands in the world.
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closed 8/14/2019 via BNC Analysis

Bookosmia, acquired Mytha

synopsis: Bookosmia, a children's book publisher in India, has acquired Mytha, an Indian mythological stories app for children. Mytha provides more than 40 mythological digital stories that immerse readers in a world of forgotten stories from across the Indian subcontinent.
buyer: Bookosmia
Bookosmia is a children's book publisher in India. Bookosmia curates and publishes stories for children through physical books, e-books and audio formats. Bookosmia offers over 500 stories that written by kids for kids. They also offer colouring books, puzzles and gift boxes. "
target: Mytha
Mytha is an Indian mythological stories app for children. Mytha provides more than 40 mythological digital stories that immerse readers in a world of forgotten stories from across the Indian subcontinent. Their stories feature beautiful artwork that pave the way for new ways of creative thinking.
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closed 4/10/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Jump!, acquired Bearport Publishing

synopsis: Minneapolis-based children’s publisher Jump! has acquired Bearport Publishing. Bearport has a backlist of 1,050 curriculum-aligned books for children in grades PreK-8. Through the deal, Jump! has acquired all Bearport assets, staff, and customer contracts.
buyer: Jump!
Jump! publishes children’s nonfiction with a focus on curriculum-aligned subjects for emergent through early-fluent readers. Their books combine vibrant colors with captivating photography and corresponding text to draw readers into the subject and encourage reading success. "
target: Bearport Publishing
Bearport Publishing develops curriculum-aligned books for children in grades PreK-8. They focus on topics that appeal to young readers and pay close attention to text length, vocabulary, and picture-text match, to make their books less intimidating and more inviting to kids.
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closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Rowman & Littlefield, purchased Publishing Imprints from Finney Company

synopsis: Rowman & Littlefield, an Independent book publisher, has acquired the publishing imprints of Finney Company, a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials. The publishing imprints includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and more.
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. "
seller: Finney Company
The publishing imprints of Finney Company includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and Windward Publishing. Finney Company is a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials.
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closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House, acquired Little Tiger Group

synopsis: Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired 30-year-old children's indie Little Tiger Group. Little Tiger CEO and co-founder Monty Bhatia will continue to run the business as a stand-alone company within PRH. Little Tiger, founded in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House, the largest publishing group in the world, is devoted to the goal of nurturing a universal passion for reading, bringing authors and their works in touch with readers across the globe. Penguin Random House is present on 5 continents with about 250 labels and independent brands."
target: Little Tiger Group
Little Tiger, founded by Monty and Kuki Bhatia in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist. It has grown an international presence, selling its books around the world, including via its US operation Tiger Tales. Little Tiger specializes in children's books.
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closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Little Tiger Group, acquired Liontree Publishing

synopsis: As part of the acquisition of Little Tiger Group, Penguin Random House has also acquired UK-based packager Liontree Publishing. Liontree will be brought under the Little Tiger Group umbrella. With over 30 years experience in children’s publishing, Liontree Publishing has a proven track record in delivering top product to the marketplace.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Little Tiger Group
Little Tiger, founded by Monty and Kuki Bhatia in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist. It has grown an international presence, selling its books around the world, including via its US operation Tiger Tales. Little Tiger specializes in children's books. "
target: Liontree Publishing
With over 30 years experience in children’s publishing, Liontree Publishing has a proven track record in delivering top product to the marketplace. Liontree intends to provide excellent designs, concepts and stories in all their books.
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closed 1/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

Storytel AB, acquired Ztory

synopsis: Storytel, a Sweden-based digital subscription service for audio books, has acquired Ztory, a Swedish subscription service for digital magazines and newspapers. Ztory provides readers with an ever growing collection of magazines, newspapers, and children's book that they can access from their web browser or mobile device.
buyer: Storytel AB (NGM:STORY B:$254.31)
Storytel AB is a digital subscription service that streams audio books for mobile phones. It offers audio and e-books for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices in Swedish and English under the Storytel brand. The company based in Stockholm, Sweden. "
target: Ztory
Founded in 2013, Ztory is a Swedish subscription service for digital magazines and newspapers. Ztory provides readers with an ever growing collection of magazines, newspapers, and children's book that they can access from their web browser or mobile device.
price ($mm)
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$1
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closed 1/16/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Little Bee Books, acquired Little Bee Books

synopsis: Little Bee Books' founding execs, Shimul Tolia and Thomas Morgan, have acquired the company from Bonnier, a Swedish publishing conglomerate. Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher dedicated to making creative and fun books for children ages 0 through 12. Little Bee Books offers early learning concept books, board books, and more.
buyer: Little Bee Books
Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for children ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and more. "
target parent: Bonnier AB
target: Little Bee Books
Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for children ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and more.
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closed 11/14/2018 via Publishers Weekly

Trustbridge Partners, acquired Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.

synopsis: Trustbridge Partners, a leading growth equity investor based in Shanghai, has acquired Peachtree Publishers, a trade book publisher that specializes in children's books. Peachtree's books include board books, picture books, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
buyer: Trustbridge Partners
Trustbridge Partners is a leading growth equity investor based in Shanghai. The firm focuses on high-quality growth opportunities in China. Trustbridge manages approximately $8 billion in assets from an investor base that includes university endowments, pension funds and strategic industry partners."
target: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Founded in 1977, Peachtree Publishers is a trade book publisher that specializes in children's books. Their books include board books, picture books, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Peachtree creates books that educate, entertain, encourage, and endure.
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closed 5/30/2018 via Company Press Release

Whitaker House, acquired Smart Kidz Books

synopsis: Whitaker House, a Christian literature publisher, has acquired Smart Kidz Books from Smart Kidz Media Inc. Smart Kidz books includes titles for children from infancy through age eight. Bestsellers include It’s Potty Time, You’re My Little Love Bug, Love from My Heart, and It’s Time to Call 911.
buyer: Whitaker House
Whitaker Corporation is dedicated to sharing the gospel through books and products through Whitaker House, its publishing arm, and Anchor Distributors. As a leading provider of Christian literature, Whitaker's products can be purchased from local Christian book stores as well as online. "
target parent: Smart Kidz Media Inc.
target: Smart Kidz Books
Smart Kidz books includes titles for children from infancy through age eight. Bestsellers include It’s Potty Time, You’re My Little Love Bug, Love from My Heart, and It’s Time to Call 911. Other favorites include inspirational board books that have a song chip embedded into them.
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closed 6/28/2017 via PR Web

Carson-Dellosa Publishing Co., Inc., acquired Rourke Educational Media

synopsis: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group (Carson-Dellosa), a leading children’s publisher focused on creating innovative educational solutions for school and for home, and Rourke Educational Media LLC (Rourke), a publisher of informational texts and children’s books, have announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Rourke by Carson-Dellosa.
buyer parent: Guardian Capital Partners
buyer: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Co., Inc.
Carson-Dellosa™ Publishing Group is a leading children’s publisher focused on creating innovative educational solutions for school and for home. Over the past 40 years, the company has introduced best-selling, award-winning, and fun products that teachers and parents love and trust. "
target: Rourke Educational Media
Rourke Educational Media has been publishing informational texts and engaging nonfiction and fiction children’s books since 1980. It also offers eBook content, instructional software, and ELL and biliteracy programs.
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Scholastic Inc., acquired Ooka Island

synopsis: Ooka Island, a game based reading program, announced that is has been acquired by Scholastic. Ooka Island has 80 hours of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure that teaches mastery of the five foundational skills to enable children to read confidently.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Ooka Island
Ooka Island is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. They've combined research and scientifically-proven concepts to teach the five foundational skills needed to become a confident reader.
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closed 3/8/2017 via Company Press Release

Kaiken Entertainment Ltd, purchased Animation Studio and Publishing business from Rovio Entertainment ltd.

synopsis: Kaiken Entertainment, a entertainment company specializing in storytelling through film, apps, streaming video and publishing, has purchased Rovio's TV animation studio in Vancouver and Rovio's book publishing business. The two assets have made a variety of animations and books about Rovio's most well know franchise, Angry Birds.
buyer: Kaiken Entertainment Ltd
Kaiken Entertainment is an entertainment company based out of Los Angeles, Helsinki and Vancouver specializing in storytelling through TV, film, digital products and publishing with a team that has achieved the impossible many times over. "
seller: Rovio Entertainment ltd. (HLSE:ROVIO:$323.62)
Rovio is a entertainment media company. Their most well know product is the Angry Birds mobile app game. They own an animation studio and publishing buisness which have expanded the Angry Birds universe by creating a variety of cartoons and fictional books for the franchise.
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closed 11/9/2016 via BNC Analysis

Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB, acquired Barnens Bokklubb AB

synopsis: Norstedts buys Sweden's largest book club for children - Barnens Bokklubb AB (Children's Book Club). Barnens Bokklubb AB began in 1977 and is Sweden's largest book club for children. Barnens Bokklubb offers a monthly book club subscription to its clients, containing a package of quality books by Swedish children's book publishers.
buyer parent: Storytel AB
buyer: Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB (XSAT:STORY B:$46.02)
Norstedts is Sweden's oldest publishing house, founded in 1823. The publishing program comprises fiction, non-fiction, academic, reference books and dictionaries. "
target: Barnens Bokklubb AB
Barnens Bokklubb AB (Children's Book Club) began in 1977 and is Sweden's largest book club for children. Barnens Bokklubb offers a monthly book club subscription to its clients, containing a package of quality books by Swedish children's book publishers.
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closed 9/12/2005 via BookMonday

Advanced Marketing Services, Inc., acquired Ragged Bears Ltd.

synopsis: Advanced Marketing Services purchased the distribution assets of Ragged Bears Ltd., a U.K.-based book distributor whose clients include Chronicle Children’s, Moonlight Publishing, North-South Books, Ragged Bears Publishing and Lothian Books.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: 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. "
target: Ragged Bears Ltd.
Ragged Bears distribute thousands of children’s book titles from many different book publishers. We also offer a selection of gift & stationery items, such as Advent calendars, notebooks & soft toys.
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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 9/12/2005 via BookMonday

Advanced Marketing Services, Inc., acquired Ragged Bears Ltd.

synopsis: Advanced Marketing Services purchased the distribution assets of Ragged Bears Ltd., a U.K.-based book distributor whose clients include Chronicle Children’s, Moonlight Publishing, North-South Books, Ragged Bears Publishing and Lothian Books.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: 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. "
target: Ragged Bears Ltd.
Ragged Bears distribute thousands of children’s book titles from many different book publishers. We also offer a selection of gift & stationery items, such as Advent calendars, notebooks & soft toys.
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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 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 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.
price ($mm)
$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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rev ($mm)
$35.01
EBITDA ($mm)
$1.68
EBIT ($mm)
$1.54
Net Income ($mm)
$0.94
Employees
83
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Ticker: OTCPK:CLCN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation is the owner and developer of the unique and highly successful franchised children’s enrichment programs Bricks 4 Kidz and Sew Fun Studios. The programs are based on the operation of after-school classes, summer and day camps, in-school workshops, and birthday parties.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$6.21
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.20
EBIT ($mm)
$0.16
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
22
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Ticker: TSX:DHX.B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DHX Media Ltd.
DHX Media Ltd.
DHX Media Ltd. is a leading children’s content and brands company, recognized globally for such high-profile properties as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$318.42
EBITDA ($mm)
$36.18
EBIT ($mm)
$18.82
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
505
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Ticker: ENXTPA:XIL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Xilam Animation
Xilam Animation
Xilam is one of Europe’s leading animation companies, producing and distributing original children’s and family entertainment content across TV, film and digital media platforms.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$24.43
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.01
EBIT ($mm)
$7.57
Net Income ($mm)
$4.63
Employees
285
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Ticker: DLPN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dolphin Entertainment
Dolphin Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment marketing and premium content development company. They produce original feature films and digital programming primarily aimed at family and young adult markets.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$24.23
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.43)
EBIT ($mm)
($2.44)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
159
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Ticker: GNUS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Genius Brands International, Inc
Genius Brands International, Inc
Genius Brands International, Inc. is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$1.92
EBITDA ($mm)
($8.85)
EBIT ($mm)
($9.09)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
19
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Ticker: SKGP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smart Kids Group, Inc.
Smart Kids Group, Inc.
Smart Kids has created, developed, and produced a cutting edge children's digital education and entertainment company. It develops, distributes and licenses quality children's Edutainment products through a variety of media including television, video, retail, direct marketing, and the Internet.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.65)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.65)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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