Osprey captured by Bloomsbury

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Any Brit kid who grew up with a love of toy soldiers, model making, war stories, military history, roleplaying games, or wildlife – which probably accounts for most of the now-adult population – will probably have encountered Osprey Books somewhere in their development. These marvelous [ on]

Steady prospects ahead for digital media M&A

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

With speculation afoot about an increasing pace of publishing industry consolidation driven by digital disruption, as well as solid examples like the recent  John Wiley & Sons acquisition of CrossKnowledge, there are plenty of signs pointing to a rising tempo of publishing and digital media [ on]

Hodder picks up Quercus for a song

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hachette UK imprint Hodder & Stoughton has acquired Quercus Publishing, hitherto mooted as a potential acquisition target for Amazon Publishing. And the price was a fairly minimal £12.6 million ($20.8 million). The full text of the cash offer document, available online here, states that: [ on]

What if Amazon bought Barnes & Noble?

By Chris Meadows
March 14, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a peculiar phenomenon by which year-old articles sometimes show up again in news aggregators and social network feeds that for some reason see the month and day part of the date and miss the year. (It’s gotten me in trouble before.) But today it brings up an interesting blog post I [ on]

Quercus sale points to new wave of publishing M&A?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Many commentators took the announcement by Quercus Publishing plc that “it would be in the best interests of the Company’s shareholders to seek potential offerors by means of a formal sale process” as an important early indicator of the strength of publishing industry disruption [ on]

A Buyout for Shopline, Hungary's Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hungarian online retail site, the Central European country’s local equivalent to Amazon and operator of online book sales platform, which also has its own e-book operation, is currently the subject of a takeover bid by investment fund SQ-Invest, which owns Libri, one [ on]

Rumor: Microsoft Considering Buying Nook Media

By Juli Monroe
May 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

TechCruch had a story on this yesterday. They have obtained some internal documents discussing the proposed deal, with Microsoft reportedly offering $1 billion for Nook Media. I agree with Nate over at The Digital Reader that this sounds plausible. Microsoft has been working with Barnes & Noble [ on]

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