As is evident from the chronologies below, there has been a steady flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the book publishing sector since around the 1990s. At the moment, the U.S. Department of Justice has put a pause on the next big idea—PRH purchasing S&S. We will see.
Penguin Random House in the U.S.
Penguin owner Pearson buys Putnam Berkley.
Bertelsmann buys Random House from Advance Publications.
Random House buys Listening Library.
Pearson buys Dorling Kindersley.
Random House buys Golden Books.
Penguin buys Rough Guides.
Random House buys Multnomah.
Random House buys Ten Speed Press.
Random House and Penguin merge.
Penguin Random House buys Sasquatch Books.
Penguin Random House buys assets of Rodale Books.
Penguin Random House buys 45% stake in Sourcebooks.
Hachette Book Group
Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge and combine their book publishing divisions.
Time Warner Book Group is rebranded AOL Time Warner Book Group following merger of Time Warner and AOL.
Lagardère acquires Time Warner Book Group.
Hachette Book Group buys 1,000 titles from Hyperion.
Hachette Book Group buys Black Dog & Leventhal.
Hachette Book Group buys Perseus Books Group publishing division.
Hachette Book Group buys Worthy Publishing.
Hachette Book Group buys 1,000 titles from Disney Book Group.
Hachette Book Group buys Workman Publishing.
Holtzbrinck buys Holt.
Holtzbrinck buys Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Holtzbrinck buys the Macmillan Group.
HarperCollins in the U.S.
HarperCollins buys Morrow/Avon, Ecco Press, and Amistad Press.
HarperCollins buys Thomas Nelson.
HarperCollins buys Harlequin.
HarperCollins buys Houghton Mifflin Harcourt trade division.
The Current Simon & Schuster
Viacom sells S&S’s education, professional, and reference divisions to Pearson and Hicks, Muse, Tate and retains the trade group.
Simon & Schuster buys Howard Books.
Simon & Schuster buys Adams Media.
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