Mick Rooney calls out Bertelsmann on possible Penguin Random House takeover

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

  Over at The Independent Publishing Magazine, Mick Rooney has just aired the possibility of a full-on Bertelsmann SE takeover of Penguin Random House, taking up Pearson plc’s current [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Penguin Random House CEO makes great Dohle about growth, discoverability

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Penguin  Random House CEO Markus Dohle has given an interview with, which has been shared with the German press. In it, he gives a status report on the integration of Penguin and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Buyout for Shopline, Hungary's Amazon

By libertyc
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 [...]

Penguin Random House publishing merger: All your books are belong to us

By libertyc
July 1, 2013 // 6 Comments

The Big Six today officially became the Big Five, with the formal announcement that UK publishing giant Pearson PLC and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA have completed the JV [...]

Rumor: Microsoft Considering Buying Nook Media

By libertyc
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 [...]

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