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  • Spotify Completes Findaway Purchase

    Spotify has completed its acquisition of digital audiobook distributor Findaway. The Swedish streaming giant has 422 million monthly active users, and will use the Findaway purchase to speed its growth in the audiobook market.

  • Rowman & Littlefield Buys North Country Books

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group has acquired North Country Books. Based in Utica, N.Y., North Country has a backlist of about 200 titles, with a focus on regional books about the Adirondacks and Upstate New York.

  • UTA Acquires Curtis Brown Group

    Through the deal, the U.K.-based literary and talent agency Curtis Brown, which reps such authors as Nigella Lawson and Jojo Moyes and such estates as those of Ian Fleming and A.A. Milne, will continue to operate under its existing structure and management team.

  • Baker & Taylor Sells U.K. Division

    A little more than six months after acquiring Baker & Taylor from the Follett Corp., new owner Amandeep Kochar sold Baker & Taylor UK to the Little Group, parent company of the U.K.'s largest wholesaler, Gardners.

  • University of Georgia Press Acquires NewSouth Books

    The University of Georgia Press has acquired NewSouth Books, the independent trade publisher based in Montgomery, Ala.

  • Diversion in Partnership Deal to Form Diversion Audio

    Scott Waxman has struck a deal with Gemini XIII to form Diversion Audio, a new company that will expand on Diversion Podcasts, which Waxman started in 2020 to develop original nonfiction audio series hosted by veteran nonfiction authors.

  • Sterling Publishing Buys Knock Knock

    Sterling Publishing, the publishing division of Barnes & Noble, has made its second acquisition in little more than a month, acquiring the gift and publishing company, Knock Knock.

  • Pearson Rejects Unsolicited Acquisition Offer

    Pearson issued an announcement Friday confirming that since November, it has rejected two unsolicited takeover offers from the Apollo Global Management equity firm.

  • Draft2Digital to Acquire Smashwords

    In a deal that unites two of the largest independent distributors of self-published books, Draft2Digital has agreed to acquire Smashwords for an undisclosed price. The purchase is expected to be complete by March 1, at which time the combined company will operate under the Draft2Digital name.

  • Lakeside Book Company to Buy Phoenix Color

    Lakeside Book Company, the book printing division of LSC Communications, will acquire Phoenix Color from ALJ Regional Holdings for $134.8 million.

  • Follett Sells Higher Education Business to Investor Group

    Follett Corporation has sold Follett Higher Education to a group of private investors led by Jefferson River Capital. The sale completes the Follett family’s exit from the education business after nearly 150 years.

  • Sourcebooks, Ebony Ink Deal for Adult Books

    Sourcebooks has reached an agreement with Ebony Magazine Publishing to create a list of Ebony-branded adult books. The first books in the list will be released this fall.

  • Literati Acquires Follett Book Fairs

    Literati, the Austin, Tex., subscription book box and online book club company, has purchased Follett Book Fairs. The fairs will be rebranded Literati Book Fairs and will continue to service PreK-8 schools around the country starting this spring.

  • Fable Raises $20 Million, Partners with Bookstore

    Fable, a mobile platform for online book clubs that launched in early 2021, has announced $20 million in Series A funding, which will used to expand the company's services, such as the recently launched club with 'Lord of the Rings' actor Sean Astin.

  • RBmedia Enters the German Audiobook Market

    RBmedia has entered the German audiobook market using a two-step approach: forming RBmedia Verlag and acquiring German audiobook publisher ABOD to supply titles to the new unit.

  • Chicago Review Press Acquires Interlude Press

    Chicago Review Press acquired Interlude Press, a publisher of LGBTQ+ fiction, including YA fiction released under its Duet Books imprint. Interlude has been distributed by CRP's parent company, IPG, since 2019.

  • Bloomsbury Buys ABC-CLIO for $22.9Million

    U.K-based Bloomsbury Publishing has expanded its presence in the U.S. with the acquisition of the academic and reference publisher ABC-CLIO for a purchase price of $22.9 million. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO had sales of $14.7 million in 2020.

  • Vivendi to Pursue Total Ownership of Lagardère

    After Vivendi finishes acquiring additional shares of Lagardère this week, it will own a 45.1% stake in the company, forcing Vivendi to make a tender offer for all remaining shares.

  • Book Depot Acquires American Book Company

    In a major deal in the bargain book business, Book Depot, the bargain book distributor based in Thorold, Ont., has acquired American Book Company headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Control of SAGE Publishing Moves to Trust

    In a move to keep the publishing company independent, founder Sara Miller McCune has signed over her voting shares and company control to the SAGE-SMM Trust.

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