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closed 3/27/2012 via BNC Analysis

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Wise Walrus

synopsis: Hachette Group company Octopus Publishing has acquired children's non-fiction publisher Ticktock, which produces books for the international co-edition market and has around 700 titles in print, under the imprint Wise Walrus.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
Octopus Publishing Group is a leading publisher of illustrated books. Octopus is comprised of nine imprints, and as a group have extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books. "
target: Wise Walrus
Ticktock Entertainment Ltd. one of the few independent publishers of children’s books in the UK. Ticktock offers a range of titles under the imprint, Wise Walrus.
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closed 11/26/2018 via BusinessWire

Lerner Publishing Group, acquired Zest Books

synopsis: Lerner Publishing Group, a company that creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, has announced the acquisition of Zest Books. Zest Books publishes young adult nonfiction books on entertainment, history, science, health, fashion, and lifestyle advice.
buyer: Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Publishing Group creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers with fourteen imprints and divisions. "
target: Zest Books
Zest Books publishes young adult nonfiction books on entertainment, history, science, health, fashion, and lifestyle advice. They are based in San Francisco, CA.
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closed 6/5/2007 via Company Press Release

International Greetings plc, acquired Pinwheel Limited

synopsis: International Greetings PLC has acquired the business and assets of Pinwheel Ltd. Pinwheel was acquired from the administrators by the Group’s subsidiary, Alligator Books Limited, for an initial consideration of £417,000 and a maximum total consideration of up to £460,000.
buyer: International Greetings plc
International Greetings PLC is a leading designer and manufacturer of private label wrapping paper, greetings products and film and television character based licensed stationery. It produces gift wrapping paper, accessories, Christmas crackers, greetings cards and other stationery products. "
target: Pinwheel Limited
Pinwheel Ltd owns the book publishing rights for the Pinwheel, Andromeda and Gullane Children’s Book brands, which sell into the UK and US markets.
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announced 4/28/2005 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Children's Book Publishing, will acquire Chicken House Publishing Ltd.

synopsis: Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing and media company, announced today that it is acquiring UK-based Chicken House Publishing Ltd., whose founder Barry Cunningham's list includes the current bestseller Dragon Rider with 900,000 books in print in the U.S. and Canada.
buyer parent: Scholastic Inc.
buyer: Scholastic Children's Book Publishing
Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and is the largest operator of school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs in the United States. "
target: Chicken House Publishing Ltd.
Chicken House Publishing Ltd. is a plucky independent children’s book publishing company with an enthusiasm for developing new writers, artists and ideas. Our books have found world-wide popularity with children, parents, teachers and librarians everywhere.
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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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$12
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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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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 10/28/2016 via Company Press Release

North Star Editions, Inc., acquired Jolly Fish Press, LLC

synopsis: North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) has acquired the assets of Jolly Fish Press, a Utah-based publisher of young adult, middle-grade fiction, and adult fiction, as well as select nonfiction books. Under the purchase agreement, the acquisition includes the Jolly Fish Press imprint name and all copyrights to backlist and forthcoming titles.
buyer: North Star Editions, Inc.
North Star Editions, Inc., is a privately owned publishing company dedicated to guiding readers toward a lifetime love of reading. NSE publishes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults that inspires, informs, and entertains. "
target: Jolly Fish Press, LLC
Jolly Fish Press publishes trade fiction and select nonfiction books for young adults. They excel in exceptional cover design, worldwide online and brick-and-mortar distribution, expansive publicity and marketing campaigns, and the ability to find exceptional undiscovered authors.
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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 2/15/2012 via Publishers Weekly

Wicks Group of Companies, acquired Bendon Publishing

synopsis: New York private equity firm The Wicks Group has purchased a majority share in Bendon Publishing, a leading purveyor of coloring, activity, and other mass market book formats. The deal marks the end of Kappa Investment Group’s 40% position in Bendon, held since 2007.
buyer: Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies operating in selected segments of the information, education, and media industries. "
target: Bendon Publishing
Bendon Publishing International Inc. was founded in 2001. Since its inception, Bendon has become one of the fastest growing children’s book publishers in the nation. Bendon has maintained early success in part to our simple philosophy of listening to the customer and providing them what they want.
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closed 11/9/2011 via PR Newswire

RLJ Equity Partners, acquired Media Source, Inc.

synopsis: RLJ Equity Partners has acquired Media Source, Inc., the parent company of three businesses that promote and sell children's books and a variety of services and products geared toward the library industry, including book collection development, magazine subscriptions, book reviews, websites, webinars, and conferences.
buyer parent: The RLJ Companies
buyer: RLJ Equity Partners
RLJ Equity Partners is a middle-market private equity firm focused on generating long-term capital appreciation by investing in profitable and growing businesses led by strong management teams. "
target parent: The Riverside Company
target: Media Source, Inc.
Media Source, Inc. is a publisher and distributor of content about children's books. Media Source, with headquarters just outside Columbus, Ohio, is the parent company of Junior Library Guild, The Horn Book Inc., School Library Journal, Library Journal, and Library Hotline.
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closed 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 3/27/2012 via BNC Analysis

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Wise Walrus

synopsis: Hachette Group company Octopus Publishing has acquired children's non-fiction publisher Ticktock, which produces books for the international co-edition market and has around 700 titles in print, under the imprint Wise Walrus.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
Octopus Publishing Group is a leading publisher of illustrated books. Octopus is comprised of nine imprints, and as a group have extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books. "
target: Wise Walrus
Ticktock Entertainment Ltd. one of the few independent publishers of children’s books in the UK. Ticktock offers a range of titles under the imprint, Wise Walrus.
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closed 6/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Short Books Limited

synopsis: Octopus Publishing Group has bought Short Books, the latest in a series of successful indies to be snapped up by Hachette. Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books is a publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
Octopus is a leading publisher of non-fiction books. Octopus has extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books. "
target: Short Books Limited
Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books is a publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction. Short Books focuses predominantly on ‘mind, body, spirit’ books following on from the success of The Fast Diet (2013) by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer.
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closed 10/31/2017 via Company Press Release

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Summersdale Publishers Ltd

synopsis: Octopus Publishing Group announced that it has acquired UK publisher Summersdale. Summersdale is an award-winning, vibrant publisher that swiftly responds to emerging global trends to provide entertaining, informative and innovative content in the genres of gift and humour, travel writing, general non-fiction, and health and wellbeing.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
The Octopus Publishing Group is the illustrated books division of Hachette UK. It has a heritage of working with talented authors and strong brands and is known for creating high-quality illustrated books with innovative design, vision and commercial appeal. "
target: Summersdale Publishers Ltd
Founded in 1990, Summersdale is a vibrant publisher that puts its heart and soul into creating exceptional books. They provide entertaining, informative and innovative content in the genres of travel writing, general non-fiction, health and well-being, and gift and humour.
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closed 3/27/2012 via BNC Analysis

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Wise Walrus

synopsis: Hachette Group company Octopus Publishing has acquired children's non-fiction publisher Ticktock, which produces books for the international co-edition market and has around 700 titles in print, under the imprint Wise Walrus.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
Octopus Publishing Group is a leading publisher of illustrated books. Octopus is comprised of nine imprints, and as a group have extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books. "
target: Wise Walrus
Ticktock Entertainment Ltd. one of the few independent publishers of children’s books in the UK. Ticktock offers a range of titles under the imprint, Wise Walrus.
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closed 3/27/2012 via BNC Analysis

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Wise Walrus

synopsis: Hachette Group company Octopus Publishing has acquired children's non-fiction publisher Ticktock, which produces books for the international co-edition market and has around 700 titles in print, under the imprint Wise Walrus.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
Octopus Publishing Group is a leading publisher of illustrated books. Octopus is comprised of nine imprints, and as a group have extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books. "
target: Wise Walrus
Ticktock Entertainment Ltd. one of the few independent publishers of children’s books in the UK. Ticktock offers a range of titles under the imprint, Wise Walrus.
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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 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:$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: 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.
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$2.28
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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 6/19/2019 via Company Press Release

Rowman & Littlefield, acquired Prometheus Books

synopsis: Rowman & Littlefield, a leading independent publisher, has acquired Prometheus Books, a publishing company that provides readers with thoughtful and authoritative books in a wide variety of categories. Prometheus books publishes intelligent nonfiction books in several core categories, including popular science, philosophy, history, 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. "
target: Prometheus Books
Prometheus Books is a publishing company that provides readers with thoughtful and authoritative books in a wide variety of categories. Prometheus books publishes intelligent nonfiction books in several core categories, including popular science, critical thinking, philosophy, history, and more.
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announced 6/12/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House, will purchase Book Publishing Assets from F+W Media, Inc.

synopsis: Penguin Random House is acquiring the book publishing assets of F+W Media, which include the Writer’s Digest catalog. The book publishing assets of F+W Media include a wide variety of illustrated non-fiction books in art instruction, crafts, writing, genealogy, antiques and collectibles, woodworking, and the outdoors.
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. "
seller parent: Tinicum Capital Partners LP
seller: F+W Media, Inc.
The book publishing assets of F+W Media include a wide variety of illustrated non-fiction books in art instruction, crafts, writing, genealogy, antiques and collectibles, woodworking, and the outdoors. F+W Media is a media and e-commerce company headquartered in New York City.
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$3.00
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closed 6/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Short Books Limited

synopsis: Octopus Publishing Group has bought Short Books, the latest in a series of successful indies to be snapped up by Hachette. Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books is a publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
Octopus is a leading publisher of non-fiction books. Octopus has extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books. "
target: Short Books Limited
Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books is a publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction. Short Books focuses predominantly on ‘mind, body, spirit’ books following on from the success of The Fast Diet (2013) by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer.
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announced 2/13/2019 via Company Press Release

Gill, will acquire The Collins Press Limited

synopsis: Gill (M.H. Gill & Co.), Ireland's biggest publisher of school books and non-fiction books, will acquire The Collins Press, an independent book publisher in Ireland. The Collins Press publishes a wide range of non-fiction books of Irish interest. Their books cover the topics of history, travel, sport, biography, photography, and more.
buyer: Gill
Gill is Ireland's biggest publisher of school books and non-fiction books. Gill publishes non-fiction books about biography, food and drink, history, lifestyle, parenting, nature, sport, and more. Gill offers school books for primary, secondary, further education, and college and university. "
target: The Collins Press Limited
The Collins Press is an independent book publisher in Ireland. The Collins Press publishes a wide range of non-fiction books of Irish interest. Their books cover the topics of history, travel, sport, biography, photography, current affairs, and more.
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closed 5/1/2018 via BNC Analysis

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired I.B. Tauris Publishers

synopsis: Bloomsbury, a publishing house of fiction and non-fiction, has acquired non-fiction publisher I.B. Tauris Publishers, a specialist in Middle Eastern and political publishing. UK-based I.B. Tauris publishes 300 new books internationally every year and has approximately 3,000 books available in either hardcover, paperback or digital editions.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$261.90)
Bloomsbury Publishing plc is an independent, worldwide publishing house of fiction and non-fiction. Bloomsbury has a tradition of publishing literary fiction from all over the world and a wide range of distinguished non-fiction from memoir, biography and history to politics, science, food and sport."
target: I.B. Tauris Publishers
Based in the UK, I.B. Tauris Publishers is a specialist in Middle East Studies and International Relations publishing. They publish 300 new books internationally every year and have approximately 3,000 books available in either hardcover, paperback or digital editions.
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$8.00
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closed 7/14/2017 via Company Press Release

GeraNova Bruckmann Verlagshaus GmbH, acquired Silberburg-Verlag GmbH

synopsis: On 14 July 2017, GeraNova Bruckmann Verlagshaus GmbH, acquired Silberburg-Verlag GmbH. In addition to the monthly magazine "Beautiful Swabia" and the folk calendar "Lahrer Hinkender Bote", whose tradition dates back to 1800, there are 60 to 70 popular books and about 30 e-books & other media for Baden-Württemberg, Germany that Silverburg publishes.
buyer: GeraNova Bruckmann Verlagshaus GmbH
GeraNova Bruckmann publishes books, magazines, calendars, DVDs, online portals, e-books and apps on a wide range of topics including tourism, sports, nature, history, activities guide, illustrated books on topics from European regions, automotive, motorcycle, train, aviation and military history. "
target: Silberburg-Verlag GmbH
Silberburg-Verlag GmbHb publishes magazines, a calendar, books, e-books, and other media focusing on excursion and leisure guides, country-specific books, illustrated books, culinary, biographies, gift books, dialect volumes, country-based novels and regional rhymes.
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announced 11/14/2016 via BNC Analysis

Simon & Schuster, Inc., will acquire Adams Media

synopsis: Simon & Schuster will acquire Adams Media, a nonfiction-focused publisher based in Avon, Mass., from F+W Media. Adams Media publishes books on a broad range of non-fiction topics including business, careers, cooking, exam prep, health, history, hobbies, home improvement and much more.
buyer parent: CBS Corporation
buyer: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Simon & Schuster, Inc. is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, providing consumers worldwide with a diverse range of quality books and multimedia products across a wide variety of genres and formats. "
target parent: Tinicum Capital Partners LP
target: Adams Media
Adams Media Corporation is one of the leading independent book publishers based in the United States, publishing approximately 200 new titles per year. Adams Media publishes books in a broad variety of non-fiction categories including careers, business, personal finance, self-help, and technology.
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closed 8/24/2016 via BNC Analysis

Editorial Alma, acquired GROH

synopsis: Editorial Alma has announced the completion of the acquisition of GROH. GROH primarily publishes and markets nonfiction gift books in the Spanish market.
buyer: Editorial Alma
Editorial Alma is a publisher of original books trying to differentiate the existing market of nonfiction. "
target: GROH
GROH primarily publishes and markets nonfiction gift books in the Spanish market.
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Quarto Group, will acquire Ivy Press Limited

synopsis: The Quarto Group announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement for the acquisition of Ivy Press Limited. Since its foundation in 1996, Ivy has gained worldwide renown for its original titles and high-quality editorial, design and production values. Their 30-Second Series has sold over 2.5 million copies and is printed in 23 languages.
buyer: Quarto Group (LSE:QRT:$182.17)
Quarto Group is the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group. It operates through four distinct but complementary businesses - Quarto International Co-Editions Group; Quarto Publishing Group USA; Quarto Publishing Group UK and Books & Gifts Direct, Australia & New Zealand. "
target: Ivy Press Limited
Ivy is a leading publisher and packager of creative, highly illustrated non-fiction books. Since its foundation in 1996, Ivy has worked with the world’s leading publishers to print over 20 million books and sell rights in 26 different languages.
price ($mm)[EV]
$2.00 [$2.31]
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
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closed 12/22/2014 via Company Press Release

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Osprey Publishing, Ltd.

synopsis: Bloomsbury Publishing has announced their acquisition of Osprey Publishing. Osprey has three main lists covering military history, natural history, and heritage publishing. The business is based in Oxford and publishes more than 200 titles per year.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$261.90)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house with companies in London, New York, Berlin and Sydney. Its four divisions include: Bloomsbury Academic and Professional Publishing, Bloomsbury Information, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's Publishing. "
target: Osprey Publishing, Ltd.
Osprey Publishing is the world’s best known military history brand, publishing in trademark series, in both print and ebook formats, covering history from ancient times to the modern day.
price ($mm)
$7.20
rev ($mm)
$12
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
EV / rev
0.6x
EV / EBITDA
14.4x
announced 11/20/2014 via BNC Analysis

Hachette Book Group, will acquire Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc.

synopsis: Hachette Book Group has established an agreement to acquire Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers inc. They specialize in publishing illustrated books and creative non-fiction titles. Their bestsellers include The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, Skyscrapers, Take Me Out to the Ballpark, The Complete Front Pages of the New York Times, and more.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group is a leading US trade publisher. They also also provide a wide range of custom distribution, fulfillment and sales services to third party publishers. "
target: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc.
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc. specializes in publishing illustrated books and creative non-fiction titles. They publish 20 to 30 books per year, in the categories of art, history, science, humor, cooking, crafts, music, and theatre, as well as a selection of books for young readers.”
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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 [$20]
rev ($mm)
$33
EBITDA ($mm)
$2
EV / rev
0.6x
EV / EBITDA
8.2x
closed 4/4/2013 via BusinessWire

HarperCollins Canada Ltd, purchased Non-Fiction Backlist Titles from John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.

synopsis: HarperCollins Canada announced that it has acquired a select number of Wiley Canada’s non-fiction backlist titles. Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: HarperCollins Canada Ltd
HarperCollinsCanada imprints include HarperCollins Publishers, Harper Perennial, Collins, HarperTrophyCanada HarperWeekend & Patrick Crean Editions. These imprints publish writers from Canada & around the world. HarperCollinsCanada publishes fiction, non-fiction, reference & childrens' books. "
seller parent: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
seller: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.
The titles being purchased from global publisher Wiley Canada are such Canadian classics as the bestselling Mother of All series by Ann Douglas, Ken Dryden’s The Game, and one of Sports Illustrated’s best sports books, Hockey Dad, by Bob McKenzie, and several cookbooks by Anne Lindsay.
price ($mm)
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announced 12/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Dods (Group) PLC, will acquire Biteback Media

synopsis: Dods Group has agreed to purchase Biteback Media. The B2B political information and communication firm will pay £795,000 in cash for Biteback, which publishes monthly magazine Total Politics. Total Politics is a British political magazine described as a "a lifestyle magazine for the political community".
buyer: Dods (Group) PLC (GB:DODS.GB:$26.72)
Dods (Group) PLC is a political information, publishing, events and communications business operating. Dods specializes in services designed for organizations wishing to understand and engage with Parliament, the Civil Service, the wider public sector and the public affairs community. "
target parent: Michael Ashcroft
target: Biteback Media
Biteback Media is Britain’s leading publisher of political and current affairs titles. It also publishes espionage, general non fiction, sport and some classic political fiction. Biteback Media publishes monthly magazine Total Politics.
price ($mm)
$1.28
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.7x
EV / EBITDA

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year
2015
rev ($mm)
$182.17
EBITDA ($mm)
$18.40
EBIT ($mm)
$16.48
Net Income ($mm)
$8.87
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438
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Broadview Press Inc.
Broadview Press is an independent academic publisher with no affiliation to any larger publishing house or media conglomerate.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$20.46
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.25
EBIT ($mm)
($0.22)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
246
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Americana Publishing
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Americana Publishing, Inc. is a vertically integrated media publisher and e-tailer. Americana Publishing, Inc. currently owns americanabooks.com. Americana Publishing owns and operates americanabooks.com, an Internet marketer of print, electronic and audio books.
year
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rev ($mm)
$2.45
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
0
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Discovery Communications, Inc.
Discovery Communications, Inc.
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year
2021
rev ($mm)
$10,780.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$3,799.00
EBIT ($mm)
$2,405.00
Net Income ($mm)
$982.00
Employees
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Bastei Luebbe
Bastei Luebbe
Bastei Lübbe AG is a publically traded media company organised around its publishing venture. It publishes books, audio books, ebooks and digital products in both the literary and popular science genres, as well as serialised novels and puzzle magazines.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$77.74
EBITDA ($mm)
$17.85
EBIT ($mm)
($2.03)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
330
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