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  • Johnson Out as Bonnier Publishing CEO, Interim Named

    Richard Johnson is stepping down as group CEO of U.K.-based Bonnier Publishing (a subsidiary of Sweden’s Bonnier Books) after nearly nine years in the role. Jim Zetterlund, currently COO and CFO of Bonnier Books, has been named acting CEO.

  • SparkPoint Acquires Shebooks

    Shebooks, which has released 75 e-book titles to date, will become the e-book only option for SparkPoint's She Writes Press imprint.

  • Translation Database Now Hosted by 'PW'

    The Translation Database, founded in 2008 by Chad Post and featuring details on over 6,000 works in translation, will now be hosted on the 'Publishers Weekly' website.

  • PRH Buys Rodale Books Assets

    Following Hearst's purchase of Rodale Inc. last week, the company quickly turned around and sold Rodale Books' more than 2,100 titles to Penguin Random House.

  • B&N Dismisses Takeover Proposal

    Barnes & Noble issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying it does not consider a proposal by Sandell Asset Management, to take the retailer private, a "bona fide" offer.

  • Kickstarter Adds Subscription Fundraising Function

    Looking to add a new fundraising facet to its crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter is launching Drip, a subscription service that will allow fans to provide recurring financial support directly to their favorite creators.

  • Quality Books Files for Bankruptcy

    The Illinois book distributor to schools and libraries has sent a letter to creditors saying it can no longer meet its financial obligations and is in the process of liquidating its assets.

  • Red Wheel Buys Career Press, Hires Peter Turner

    In moves that add scale and diversify its business, Red Wheel/Weiser has acquired Career Press and hired former Shambhala Publications publisher Peter Turner as associate publisher.

  • Hearst Buys Rodale

    Hearst's purchase of Rodale comes about four months after the publisher put itself up for sale. While little has been shared how Rodale will be integrated into Hearst, it was stated that deal is set to close by early 2018.

  • Penguin Random House Buys Sasquatch Books

    The Seattle-based house, which was named one of PW’s fast-growing independent publishers of 2016, was bought by Penguin Random House for an undisclosed sum.

  • Webcrafters Sold to CJK Group

    Webcrafters, one of the country's oldest printers, is to be acquired by the CJK Group, the holding company for a host of printing companies.

  • B&T Forms Distribution Group, Tapping Mark Suchomel to Lead It

    Baker & Taylor Publishers Services will offer distribution and other functions to children’s, trade, K‐12, higher education and academic publishers. To help lead the unit, B&T has hired distribution veteran Mark Suchomel as senior v-p of sales & client services.

  • Abrams Parent Company in Merger Talks

    La Martinière Groupe, the French parent company of Abrams, is in discussions to merge with fellow French publisher Média‐Participations. The two companies said that they expect to come to an agreement "in the coming months."

  • Carolina Wren Press Acquires John F. Blair

    Durham, N.C.-based Carolina Wren Press is acquiring the trademarks and backlist of Winston-Salem-based publisher John F. Blair. The combined company will function as a non-profit publisher and will be renamed Blair.

  • Quarto Acquisition Talks Off

    A week after it revealed that it had received an unsolicited takeover offer, the Quarto Group announced this morning that its discussions with the potential buyer have ended.

  • B&N Education Buys Student Brands for $58.5 Million

    Barnes & Noble Education has acquired Student Brands, a direct-to-student subscription-based writing skills service, for $58.5 million.

  • Wholesaler American West Books Acquired

    The Calif.-based company, which is the exclusive wholesaler to Whole Foods, was acquired by industry veteran Christopher Robbins.

  • Bertelsmann Ups PRH Stake to 75%

    Bertelsmann has agreed to buy a 22% stake in Penguin Random House that will generate about $1 billion for Pearson, which will still have a 25% stake in the trade publishing giant.

  • PRH Completes Purchase of Ediciones B

    The purchase, which was announced in April, will boost Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s position in Spanish-language trade-book publishing markets throughout the world.

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