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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 11/23/2022 via Publishers Weekly

Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., acquired Move Books, LLC

synopsis: Children's book publisher Charlesbridge Publishing has acquired middle-grade book publisher Move Books, launched by Eileen Robinson with the aim of increasing literacy rates among boys. Robinson has joined Charlesbridge and will use the titles she sold to Charlesbridge to form a new middle-grade imprint called Charlesbridge Moves.
buyer: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Charlesbridge's books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. "
target: Move Books, LLC
Move Books is a middle-grade book publisher with a mission to get more boys excited about reading. Move Books aims to excite them with adventure, fantasy, mystery, and humor and give them the confidence to read more.
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closed 7/6/2022 via Publishers Weekly

Cardinal Rule Press, Inc., acquired Bucket Fillers, Inc.

synopsis: Children’s book publisher Cardinal Rule Press has doubled in size after its acquisition of the assets of Bucket Fillers, a children’s publisher headquartered in Venice, Fla., that also publishes puzzles and educational materials, including multimedia teaching tools. Bucket Fillers will become an imprint of Cardinal Rule.
buyer: Cardinal Rule Press, Inc.
Founded in 2015, Cardinal Rule’s mission is to publish high-quality children’s literature that empowers children through timeless messages of hope, courage, and the Golden Rule. Cardinal Rule, which publishes four titles each year, has 25 titles in print. "
target: Bucket Fillers, Inc.
Bucket Fillers is a children’s publisher that also makes puzzles and educational materials, including multimedia teaching tools. Launched in 2006, Bucket Fillers’s mission is to help all ages grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness.
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closed 5/20/2022 via Company Press Release

Cherry Lake Publishing, acquired Tilbury House Publishers

synopsis: Cherry Lake Publishing Group (CLPG), an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based educational and children’s book publisher, has acquired Tilbury House Publishers. Tilbury House Publishers, based in Thomaston, Maine, is known for its award-winning children’s books that explore topics such as cultural diversity, social justice, and the natural world.
buyer: Cherry Lake Publishing
Cherry Lake Publishing Group (CLPG) is an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based educational and children’s book publisher. CLPG is committed to its mission of providing books that engage, entertain, educate, and provide opportunities for students and children. "
target: Tilbury House Publishers
Based in Thomaston, ME, Tilbury House publishes about 200 titles with a focus on children’s books that explore such topics as cultural diversity, social justice, and the natural world. Founded in the 1980s as Harpswell Press, a children's list was added in the 1990s which has since been its focus.
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closed 3/16/2022 via Company Press Release

Sourcebooks, acquired DuoPress LLC

synopsis: Sourcebooks, a top ten entrepreneurial U.S. publisher and largest woman-owned book publisher in North America, has acquired duopress, a minority-owned independent publisher of innovative, high-quality, and affordable books and gifts. As part of the deal, Sourcebooks acquires more than one hundred duopress titles and products.
buyer: Sourcebooks
Sourcebooks is a thriving entrepreneurial company that brings extraordinary authors to readers in the most dynamic, data-driven ways. They create books that transcend categories and defy odds, and have been honored with hundreds of national bestsellers and awards. "
target parent: Workman Publishing Co.
target: DuoPress LLC
DuoPress is a minority-owned, independent publishing company. They publish children’s books and gift books for all ages, as well as puzzles, flashcards, and games for kids. DuoPress collaborates with publishing professionals in more than five countries and across the United States.
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closed 3/3/2022 via Company Press Release

Union Square & Co., LLC, acquired Boxer Books Limited

synopsis: Union Square & Co. has acquierd Boxer Books, PLC, an independent London-based children’s publisher dedicated to picture books for children up to age 7. This acquisition includes more than 200 backlist titles and dozens of frontlist projects that will broaden the Union Square & Co. list in the infant and toddler space.
buyer parent: Elliott Management Corp.
buyer: Union Square & Co., LLC
Union Square & Co. is a talent-driven publisher whose mission is to promote excellence in contemporary publishing and to honor the vision of its creators by providing best-in-class production, editorial and design choices. "
target: Boxer Books Limited
Boxer Books is a small, wholly independent London-based children’s publishing business. They specialize in publishing creative picture books and board books for children aged up to 7, from emerging and established worldwide authors and illustrators.
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closed 7/28/2021 via PE Hub

Graphite Capital, acquired Wonderbly

synopsis: Graphite Capital, a leading UK mid-market private equity specialist, has acquired London-based Wonderbly, the world’s leading publishing platform for personalised children’s books. As a digital, direct-to-consumer publisher, Wonderbly sells its books in over 150 countries, and sold more than one million books in 2020.
buyer: Graphite Capital
Graphite is a specialist provider of private equity finance to mid-market companies in the UK. Graphite has backed management teams in more than 100 companies across a wide range of sectors, delivering strong returns for its investors through all stages of the economic cycle. "
target: Wonderbly
Based in the UK, Wonderbly is the world’s leading publishing platform for personalised children’s books. They conceive, design, promote, sell, and make books for customers all over the world. Since its inception, Wonderbly has shipped over 6.5 million books to over 150 countries.
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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:$280.06)
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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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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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:$334.93)
Storytel AB is a digital subscription service that streams audio books for mobile phones. It offers audio and e-books for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices in Swedish and English under the Storytel brand. The company 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.
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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 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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announced 4/28/2021 via Company Press Release

Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, will acquire Lion Hudson Ltd

synopsis: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK), the UK’s leading independent Christian publisher, will acquire Lion Hudson from AFD Software, a provider of address management solutions in the UK. Lion Hudson is a British publishing company that publishes books and other media for children and adults to help them grow in their Christian faith.
buyer: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
SPCK Publishing is a recognised market-leader in the areas of Theology and Christian Spirituality, publishing authors such as Tom Wright, Rowan Williams and more. "
target parent: AFD Software
target: Lion Hudson Ltd
Lion Hudson is a British publishing company. Lion Hudson publishes books and other media for children and adults to help them grow in their Christian faith. Their offer bible references, prayer books, Christian biographies, history books, biblical fiction, picture books, and more.
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closed 9/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

1517 Media, acquired Lutheran University Press

synopsis: 1517 Media, the publishing arm of the evangelical Lutheran Church of America whose book imprints include Beaming Books, Fortress Press and Augsburg Books, has acquired Lutheran University Press, a religious publisher with 75 biblical, theological, and general interest titles.
buyer: 1517 Media
1517 Media helps Christian communities and individuals encounter a loving God and grow in faith and understanding through publishing. They create resources for Christian worship and faith formation, for academic study and professional development, and for individual edification and spiritual growth."
target: Lutheran University Press
Lutheran University Press is a religious publisher with 75 biblical, theological, and general interest titles. The legacy of Lutheran University Press is important to the Lutheran community and they aim to continuously support the work of their titles through new partnerships.
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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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announced 8/29/2018 via Company Press Release

Hachette Book Group, will acquire Worthy Publishing Group

synopsis: Hachette Book Group has announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Worthy Publishing Group. Worthy Publishing Group is an inspirational adult and children’s book publisher specializing in Christian authors and bestselling nonfiction and fiction books.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. "
target: Worthy Publishing Group
Worthy is an inspirational adult and children’s book publisher specializing in Christian authors and bestselling nonfiction and fiction books. Worthy focuses on a boutique list of books across a broad spectrum: inspiration, fiction, Bible study, current events, devotion, leadership, and much more.
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closed 1/12/2017 via Company Press Release

Bible Society Australia, acquired Acorn Press Ltd

synopsis: Bible Society Australia has announced the acquisition of Acorn Press. A member of the Small Press Network, Acorn Press publishes books that are thought provoking, life changing and written from a Christian perspective.
buyer: Bible Society Australia
The goal of Bible Society Australia is to translate, publish, distribute and engage people with the Bible. Their vision is to see all people engaged with the Bible in a language they can understand, in a format they can use, and at a price they can afford. "
target: Acorn Press Ltd
Since its establishment in 1979, Acorn Press has been publishing books for Australians that are thoughtful, well informed and written from a Christian perspective. Acorn’s aim is to produce books which challenge readers to think about the issues faced in twenty-first century life.
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closed 10/16/2015 via PR Newswire

Luz Mundial, acquired La Biblia Reina Valera

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

synopsis: TAN Books, a division of Saint Benedict Press, and a Publisher You Can Trust with Your Faith, announced its acquisition of Neumann Press, a Minnesota publisher of classic Catholic titles for children and adults.
buyer parent: Saint Benedict Press
buyer: TAN Books
TAN Books was established in 1967. They've published more than 600 books distinctive for their preservation of the traditional literature of the Roman Catholic Church. They're committed to the preservation and promotion of the spiritual, theological and liturgical traditions of the Catholic Church. "
target: Neumann Press
Neumann Press was founded in 1981 with the goal of reviving long-lost Catholic titles with beautiful bindings and excellent content. They publish many Catholic children's books and new editions of favorite out-of-print Catholic readers, history books, novels and story books.
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announced 12/1/2011 via Company Press Release

InterVarsity Press, will acquire Biblica Books

synopsis: InterVarsity Press has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Biblica Books, the book-publishing arm of Biblica Worldwide. Biblica Books conducts ministry through three core strategies: Translation, Publishing, and Bible Engagement.
buyer: InterVarsity Press
Located in Westmont, Illinois, InterVarsity Press has been publishing excellent Christian books for more than 50 years. Its publishing program is focused on three imprints: IVP Books, IVP Academic, and IVP Connect. "
target parent: Biblica Worldwide
target: Biblica Books
Biblica Books provides God’s Word to people through translation, publishing, and Bible engagement. Biblica’s ministry extends worldwide, with outreach in over 55 countries. Biblica has translated the Bible in more than 100 languages.
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announced 10/31/2011 via BusinessWire

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, will acquire Thomas Nelson, Inc.

synopsis: HarperCollins Publishers has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Thomas Nelson, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Thomas Nelson is one of the leading trade publishers in the US. It provides multiple forms of inspirational content including: books, Bibles, e-books, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books. "
target parent: Kohlberg & Company, LLC
target: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Thomas Nelson, Inc., headquartered in Nashville, TN, is one of the leading trade publishers in the United States. The Company is the world’s leading provider of Bibles, inspirational books and digital content, with product distribution in over 100 countries.
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closed 11/24/2008 via BusinessWire

Saint Benedict Press, acquired Tan Books & Publishers Incorporated

synopsis: A leading publisher of traditional Roman Catholic books has been acquired by Saint Benedict Press. In recent years, TAN has struggled to survive financially and most recently has been operating under the protection of the United States Bankruptcy Court.
buyer: Saint Benedict Press
Saint Benedict Press, LLC is a North Carolina-based publisher of Catholic Classics. "
target: Tan Books & Publishers Incorporated
Established in 1967, TAN Books and Publishers has published more than 600 books distinctive for their preservation of the traditional literature of the Roman Catholic Church.
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announced 1/1/2007 via BNC Analysis

STL USA, will acquire International Bible Society Inc.

synopsis: Following a three month due diligence period, International Bible Society and Send The Light announced today their joint intention to merge organisations. IBS is one of the world’s largest translators and distributors of Scripture, and STL is one of the world’s largest distributors of Christian literature.
buyer: STL USA
Send The Light is recognised as Europe’s leading distributor of English language Christian books, gift, music, software and videos. Working with virtually all of the publishers and originators of Christian product, the STL warehouse stocks a vast range and number of different products. "
target: International Bible Society Inc.
International Bible Society, Inc. translates Bible into various languages. It also provides Bible translations online. The company provides scriptures in hotel rooms, to immigrants, hospital patients, the armed forces, and churches. International Bible Society, Inc. was founded in 1809.
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closed 12/28/2006 via BNC Analysis

Deseret Book Co., acquired Covenant Communications

synopsis: Deseret Book officials announced the acquisition of rival Covenant Communications and its sister company Seagull Book and Tape, an LDS-themed retail book chain of 26 stores. Both Deseret Book, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Seagull Book brand will continue to operate independently.
buyer parent: Deseret Management Corporation
buyer: Deseret Book Co.
Deseret Book is committed to support the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by providing scriptures, books, music, and other quality products that strengthen individuals, families, and our society. Deseret Book is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation. "
target: Covenant Communications
Covenant Communications is one of the largest publishers of LDS fiction, games, teaching aids, gift books and nonfiction. Seagull Book and Tape is an LDS-oriented discount chain with stores throughout Utah, Idaho, Arizona and California.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$3
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/28/2006 via BNC Analysis

Thomas Nelson, Inc., acquired Integrity Publishers Inc.

synopsis: Publisher Thomas Nelson Inc. has signed a deal to buy Integrity Publishers, the book publishing subsidiary of Integrity Media. The deal for undisclosed terms is expected to close Sept. 28.
buyer parent: InterMedia Partners
buyer: Thomas Nelson, Inc. (:$0.00)
Thomas Nelson is the largest publisher of Bibles and inspirational books in the English language. Thomas Nelson publishes, produces, and distributes Christian oriented books. TNM also designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of gift and stationery products. "
target parent: Integrity Media, Inc.
target: Integrity Publishers Inc.
Nashville-based Integrity publishes best-selling authors Max Lucado, Beth Moore, Zig Ziglar, and Gary Smalley, among others. The company is a subsidiary of Mobile, Ala.-based Integrity Media, which publishes and distributes Christian music, video, books and related products.
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closed 8/3/2006 via BNC Analysis

Random House, Inc., acquired Multnomah Publishers

synopsis: Random House, Inc., the largest English-language trade book publisher, announced today that it has purchased one of the nation’s leading evangelical Christian book publishing houses, Multnomah Publishers. The acquisition significantly strengthens the company’s presence in the burgeoning Christian book marketplace.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann AG
buyer: Random House, Inc.
Random House, Inc., the world's largest English language trade publisher, provides the best in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. Random House is a division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the foremost media companies in the world. "
target: Multnomah Publishers
Multnomah is a Christian publishing house that produces over 70 new releases a year and carries more than 300 timeless classics. We present spiritual themes in diverse formats ranging from current issues and Christian living to adult fiction.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$15
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/12/2006 via AP - Associated Press

InterMedia Partners VII LP, acquired Thomas Nelson, Inc.

synopsis: Thomas Nelson Inc., one of the world's largest producers of Christian books, study guides and other materials, said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday that it has gone private in a $473 million buyout deal.
buyer: InterMedia Partners VII LP
InterMedia Partners is a private equity investment firm that makes control investments in media companies. Currently investing its seventh fund, InterMedia is focused on media content catering to underserved audiences. "
target: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Thomas Nelson is the largest publisher of Bibles and inspirational books in the English language. Thomas Nelson publishes, produces, and distributes Christian oriented books. TNM also designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of gift and stationery products.
price ($mm)
$459
rev ($mm)
$247
EBITDA ($mm)
$35
EV / rev
1.9x
EV / EBITDA
13.2x
closed 10/17/2005 via PR Newswire

Church Publishing, Inc., acquired The Morehouse Group, Inc

synopsis: Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI), the distinguished Episcopal publishing company, has acquired prominent Episcopal imprints - Morehouse Publishing and Living The Good News - from the Continuum International Publishing Group.
buyer: Church Publishing, Inc.
Church Publishing Incorporated produces prayer books, hymnals, and other titles mandated by the General Convention through the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. "
target parent: The Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
target: The Morehouse Group, Inc
Morehouse Publishing, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1884. It offers books on spirituality, liturgy and worship, prayer, the Bible, theology, ethics, Christian education, homiletics, parish administration, and contemporary social issues.
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closed 9/19/2003 via BusinessWire

Thomas Nelson, Inc., purchased certain assets of the World Bible Publishers from World Bible Publishers Incorporated

synopsis: Thomas Nelson, Inc. TNM today announced that it purchased certain assets of the World Bible Publishers division of RiversideWorld, Inc. on September 19, 2003. The purchase was made for cash. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer parent: InterMedia Partners
buyer: Thomas Nelson, Inc. (:$0.00)
Thomas Nelson is the largest publisher of Bibles and inspirational books in the English language. Thomas Nelson publishes, produces, and distributes Christian oriented books. TNM also designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of gift and stationery products. "
seller parent: Jordan Industries, Inc.
seller: World Bible Publishers Incorporated
Books & Bibles targeting the Christian faith...
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closed 5/5/2016 via BNC Analysis

Recorded Books Inc., acquired christianaudio

synopsis: Recorded Books Inc., a leading provider of unabridged audiobooks and digital content to the library, school, and retail markets, announced that it is has acquired Christianaudio.com (eChristian Inc.), a publisher of Christian audiobooks that operates under the christianaudio brand.
buyer parent: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
buyer: Recorded Books Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of over 23,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. "
target: christianaudio
Christianaudio.com offers a diverse variety of digital audio products for purchase and immediate download. In addition to the products from other Christian publishers, organizations and ministries, they offer over 750 titles published by christianaudio under four imprints.
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closed 7/11/2011 via PR Newswire

Zondervan Publishing House, acquired The Beginner's Bible

synopsis: The Beginner's Bible®, which has dominated the top 10 bestsellers list in the Christian industry for 20 years, has been acquired from Mission City Press by leading Christian children's publisher Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan. The Beginner's Bible shares the life and fun of Bible stories in an engaging, entertaining and educational way.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Zondervan Publishing House
Zondervan is the world's leading Bible publisher and a leading publisher of Christian books. Zondervan offers bestselling study, devotional, reference, text, audio, software and digital Bibles designed to inspire readers at every age and each stage of life. "
target parent: Mission City Press, Inc.
target: The Beginner's Bible
Designed specifically for children six years and younger, The Beginner's Bible shares the life and fun of Bible stories in an engaging, entertaining and educational way. Its simple retelling of favorite Bible stories and unique style of artwork made it an instant bestseller.
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closed 10/3/2014 via PR Newswire

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, acquired Thomas Nelson Brasil

synopsis: HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) announced its acquisition of majority ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil (TNB) from joint venture partner Ediouro Group. TNB was formed in 2006 as a partnership between Thomas Nelson Publishers and Ediouro.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc. is a world leading Christian publisher. Comprised of the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, the Company has nearly 300 years of combined publishing experience. "
target parent: Ediouro Group
target: Thomas Nelson Brasil
Thomas Nelson Brasil was formed as a partnership between Thomas Nelson Publishers and Ediouro. Brazil has been one of the fastest growing Christian evangelical countries in the world, and Thomas Nelson used its publishing brand and Ediouro's infrastructure to introduce its U.S. authors to Brazil.
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