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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 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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$11
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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 11/19/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Nordisk Games, acquired Star Stable Entertainment

synopsis: Nordisk Games, the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film, has acquired a 57% stake in Star Stable Entertainment, an entertainment company in Sweden that creates immersive experiences for girls. Star Stable are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online. Their product line also includes music and books.
buyer parent: Egmont Foundation
buyer: Nordisk Games
Nordisk Games is the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film. Nordisk Games are minority investors that fund and support Europe's finest game companies. They provide financing to help video game developers create and publish the best games in the world. "
target: Star Stable Entertainment
Star Stable Entertainment is an entertainment company in Sweden. Star Stable creates immersive experiences for girls. They are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online, the #1 ranked horse game in the world. Their product line also includes music, books, and short-form animations.
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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 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 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 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 3/27/2012 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 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 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 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 6/28/2018 via Company Press Release

Penguin Random House India, acquired Hind Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd.

synopsis: Penguin Random House India, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, said that it has acquired Hind Pocket Books, one of the oldest and most respected Hindi language publishers in the country. Hind Pocket Books is a company for a host of imprints which publish books that cater to the needs of different segments of society and specializations.
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: Hind Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd.
Based in India, Hind Pocket Books Group has published in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam and English in India. Hind Pocket Books is the umbrella company for a host of imprints which publish books that cater to the needs of different segments of society and specializations.
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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 2/2/2022 via BNC Analysis

Hachette Livre SA, acquired Bragelonne

synopsis: Hachette Livre, a French publisher, has acquired Bragelonne, a major player in the publishing of imaginary works in France. They are notably the publisher of the French version of the hit series The Witcher.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Livre SA
Hachette Livre, a subsidiary of the French media giant Lagardère, is a repository of part of France’s cultural heritage. The Group brings together a broad spectrum of prestigious publishers covering the entire consumer and education book markets. "
target: Bragelonne
Bragelonne is a major player in the publishing of imaginary works in France. They are notably the publisher of the French version of the hit series The Witcher.
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announced 10/29/2021 via BNC Analysis

HarperCollins UK, will acquire Pavilion Books Ltd.

synopsis: HarperCollins UK is buying Pavilion Books, a thriving independent London-based publisher specializing in illustrated books for the UK and all international markets. They publish around 150 books a year under their range of established imprints.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: HarperCollins UK
HarperCollins Publishers is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. HarperCollins has publishing operations in 17 countries. "
target: Pavilion Books Ltd.
Pavilion Books is a thriving independent London-based publisher specializing in illustrated books for the UK and all international markets. They publish around 150 books a year under their range of established imprints.
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closed 10/25/2021 via BNC Analysis

Etan Ilfeld, acquired John Hunt Publishing

synopsis: Etan Ilfeld, a London-based entrepreneur, has acquired John Hunt Publishing (JHP), an independent publisher in the UK. JHP publishes books in a variety of genres, including non fiction, fiction, history, Christianity and more. The company has more than 2,000 titles in print across key imprints such as O Books, Zero Books, Moon Books and Iff Books.
buyer: Etan Ilfeld
Etan Ilfeld is a London-based entrepreneur. Etan Ilfeld owns and manages multiple publishing imprints, including Watkins Publishing, Nourish, Repeater and Angry Robot Books. He also owns the Mind Sports Olympiad, a festival for games of mental skill and mind sports. "
target: John Hunt Publishing
John Hunt Publishing (JHP) is an independent publisher in the UK. JHP publishes books in a variety of genres, including non fiction, fiction, history, Christianity and more. The company has more than 2,000 titles in print across key imprints such as O Books, Zero Books, Moon Books and Iff Books.
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closed 10/13/2021 via BNC Analysis

Nextory AB, acquired Youboox

synopsis: Nextory, one the largest streaming services for books in Europe, has acquired Youboox, a streaming service for books in France. Youboox aims to make reading available to as many people as possible. Their web and mobile platform provides their subscribers with access to over 400,000 titles in all formats, including audio, text and illustrated.
buyer: Nextory AB
Founded by Shadi Bitar and Ninos Malki, Nextory is a digital book service with hundreds of thousands of audio and e-books. Nextory launched in Sweden in 2015 and has since expanded to Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway. "
target: Youboox
Youboox is a streaming service for books in France. Youboox aims to make reading available to as many people as possible. Their web and mobile platform provides their subscribers with unlimited access to over 400,000 high-quality titles in all formats, including audio, text and illustrated.
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closed 10/13/2021 via BNC Analysis

Pen & Sword Books, acquired After the Battle

synopsis: Pen & Sword Books, a military publisher in the UK, has acquired After the Battle, a history magazine and book publisher in the UK. After the Battle publishes quarterly magazines focused on the Second World War. Their magazines and books feature comparison photographs and covers major battles, vehicle and aircraft recovery, war films, and more.
buyer: Pen & Sword Books
Pen & Sword Books is a military publisher in the UK. Pen & Sword Books publishes hardback and softback books on military, aviation, maritime, World War I, World War II, history, and more. They offer over 6,000 titles available in print and as ebook downloads. "
target: After the Battle
After the Battle is a history magazine and book publisher in the UK. After the Battle publishes quarterly magazines focused on the Second World War. Their magazines and books feature comparison photographs and covers major battles, vehicle and aircraft recovery, war films, and more.
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closed 12/1/2021 via PR Newswire

Dotdash, acquired Meredith Corporation

synopsis: IAC company Dotdash has acquired Meredith Holdings Corp., owner of world-class brands such as PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, FOOD & WINE, Allrecipes, Southern Living, InStyle and REAL SIMPLE. The new Dotdash Meredith combines celebrated and iconic brands with digital DNA to create America's largest digital and print publisher.
buyer parent: IAC
buyer: Dotdash
Dotdash's vibrant brands help approximately 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online and has won over 80 awards. "
target: Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP:$2,879.70)
Meredith Corporation is a multi-platform media and marketing company that provides information and inspiration to women's lives daily through its trusted brands including PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Allrecipes, Southern Living, and REAL SIMPLE.
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closed 9/29/2021 via PR Web

Wolfpack Publishing, acquired Rough Edges Press

synopsis: Wolfpack Publishing, an independent publishing company, has acquired Rough Edges Press, a publisher focused on crime, mystery and thriller novels. Rough Edges Press concentrates on the more tough-minded aspects of mystery fiction, from the traditional private detectives and crime, to the more contemporary legal thrillers and international intrigue.
buyer: Wolfpack Publishing
Wolfpack Publishing is an award-winning independent publishing company. Wolfpack Publishing aims to bring both established authors and new authors to the market. The company publishes books in various genres, including action adventure, historical fiction, mystery & thrillers, and western fiction. "
target: Rough Edges Press
Rough Edges Press is an independent publisher focused on crime, mystery and thriller novels. Rough Edges Press concentrates on the more tough-minded aspects of mystery fiction, from the traditional private detectives and crime, to the more contemporary legal thrillers and international intrigue.
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closed 9/15/2021 via BNC Analysis

Quercus, acquired Arcadia Books Limited

synopsis: Quercus has acquired the independent publishing house Arcadia Books, to be based within the MacLehose Press imprint. Arcadia publishes a wide and diverse range of voices, with an especially strong list of international literature in translation.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Quercus
Founded in 2004, UK-based Quercus has already won the prestigious ‘Publisher of the Year’ award and built a reputation as a hit-maker: daring, ambitious, socially conscious and collaborative.Quercus publishes under eight main imprints, including Quercus Fiction, MacLehose Press, and more. "
target: Arcadia Books Limited
Arcadia Books is an independent publishing house based in London. Arcadia publishes a wide and diverse range of voices, with an especially strong list of international literature in translation. Arcadia was founded 25 years ago by Gary Pulsifer.
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announced 8/18/2021 via BusinessWire

Hachette Book Group, will acquire Workman Publishing Co.

synopsis: Hachette Book Group, a publishing company owned by Hachette Livre, the largest publishing company in France, is to acquire Workman Publishing, one of the largest and most respected independently owned book publishers in the US.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group is a publishing company owned by Hachette Livre, the largest publishing company in France, and the third largest trade and educational publisher in the world. Hachette Livre is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère Group. "
target: Workman Publishing Co.
Workman Publishing Co., Inc. is an independently owned family of publishers, including Workman Publishing, Workman Audio, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press.
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$240
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closed 7/28/2021 via BusinessWire

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

synopsis: Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M), a leading marketing technology company, has acquired Bloodhound Books, a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, and more.
buyer: Open Road Integrated Media, Inc.
Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M) is a marketing tech company that helps businesses reach consumers and convert them into customers. OR/M invests in a data-informed consumer-first model which provides discovery for 100% of content and books to consumers through its digital technology. "
target: Bloodhound Books Ltd.
Bloodhound Books is a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, A Time to Change, and more.
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closed 7/28/2021 via Company Press Release

Bonnier Books UK, acquired Black & White Publishing

synopsis: Bonnier Books UK has acquired Black & White Publishing, one of Scotland’s leading book publishers, as part of its long-term strategy for growth. With a focus on Scottish and Irish interest publishing, Black & White publishes 30-40 books a year across biography, sport, humour, general non-fiction, fiction, YA, and children’s books.
buyer parent: Bonnier AB
buyer: Bonnier Books UK
Bonnier Books UK is a leading publisher in the UK. Home to 13 adult and children’s imprints, Bonnier Books UK publishes across a wide variety of genres for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference, Bonnier Books UK believes every book matters. "
target: Black & White Publishing
Black & White Publishing is one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print. The company publishes an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport, and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult, and children's books.
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closed 6/9/2021 via BNC Analysis

Nextory AB, acquired Nubico

synopsis: Telefonica has just sold their Nubico ebook service to Nextory, a Swedish company. Barcelona-based Nubico was originally developed in 2013 and currently offers an unlimited platform, with a library of 50,000 books and 80 magazines for €8.99 per month. Nextory will continue to offer the standalone service in Spain.
buyer: Nextory AB
Nextory is a digital book service with hundreds of thousands of audio and e-books founded in 2015 by Shadi Bitar and Ninos Malki. Nextory launched in Sweden in 2015 and has since expanded to Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway. "
target parent: Telefonica S.A.
target: Nubico
Barcelona-based Nubico is a subscription book and magazine app allows users to access a catalog of more than 50,000 books and 80 magazines from €8.99 per month. This service lets users read on any device (eReader, iPhone, iPad or Android) and allows access to a growing digital library.
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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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$11
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$12
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Radish

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment will acquire storytelling platform based Radish Media, Inc. (hereafter Radish). Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Radish
Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series. Its wide variety of stories are published and read in bite-sized installments, optimized for the smartphone reader.
price ($mm)
$440
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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 3/4/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired Everyman Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired Everyman Chess, the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, and Alexei Shirov.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: Everyman Chess
Everyman Chess is the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, Vladimir Kramnik, and Alexei Shirov.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
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closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$2
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0.0x
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closed 1/31/2021 via BNC Analysis

Turner Publishing Company, acquired Prospect Park Books LLC

synopsis: Turner Publishing Company announced its acquisition of Prospect Park Books of Altadena, California. Prospect Park Books is a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles. The acquisition comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published.
buyer: Turner Publishing Company
Founded in 1985, Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning independent publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee, that currently publishes more than 5,000 titles. It has been named five times to Publishers Weekly's Fastest Growing Publishers List. "
target: Prospect Park Books LLC
Prospect Park Books is a California native, publishing beautiful print and digital books with wit, creativity, and intelligence. They're a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles.
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
price ($mm)
$600
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