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Insight Editions acquires Weldon Owen
August 14, 2018
Bonnier Publishing (USA and UK) are pleased to announce that Weldon Owen has been acquired by Weldon Owen International which is a recently formed subsidiary of Insight Editions in San Rafael, California.
Weldon Owen was founded by John Owen and Kevin Weldon in 1984 and was sold to Bonnier in 2006.
John Owen says he is thrilled to be re-associated with the publishing company he founded and is excited to be working again with this list. He will be responsible for heading up the children’s division. The main business is located in San Francisco.
Roger Shaw will remain president of Weldon Owen and will work with Michael Madden CEO, who is moving over from Insight Editions.
Raoul Goff, the chairman of Insight Editions, commented that the company has plans to grow the list rapidly especially in the co-edition markets.
Magnus Brundin from Bonnier Books says that the sale follows a strategic review by Bonnier Books in 2017, and he is sure the imprints will be very well taken care of under Weldon Owen International.
Bonnier is a media group working in TV, daily newspapers, business and trade press, magazines, film, books and digital media. With a base in the Nordic region and a substantial presence in the US, Germany, the UK, and Eastern Europe, Bonnier has operations in 14 countries around the world and over 9,000 employees. Bonnier has been publishing high-quality media products since its start in 1804. The company has always combined a commitment to freedom of speech with a business focus. The company is wholly owned by the Bonnier family, which has been running it for seven generations.
The Fisher Company acted on behalf of Bonnier AB.
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Turner Publishing Company acquires Gürze Books
April 2, 2018
Gürze Books, the industry’s leading publisher of trade books on eating disorders, has been acquired by Turner Publishing Company of Nashville, TN. “We are thrilled to add such a highly-respected imprint and expect to release more titles in this important genre,” said Turner president and publisher, Todd Bottorff.
Gürze Books was founded in 1980 by Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn, authors of the first book ever published about bulimia, who have received numerous awards for distinguished service to the field of eating disorders. Notable titles include Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston, The Rules of “Normal” Eating by Karen R. Koenig, and “The Big Book” of Eating Disorders Anonymous.
Turner Publishing Company has been named five times to Publisher Weekly’s Fastest Growing Publishers List (turnerpublishing.com).
Both companies are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, which will make a seamless transition for Gürze’s customers.
EG Media Investments acquires Hobby Farms, Chickens, Horse Illustrated, and Young Rider from Lumina Media LLC
December 18, 2017
EG Media investments of Raleigh, North Carolina, is pleased to announce the purchase of four upscale lifestyle magazines in both print and digital format from Lumina Media LLC.
Hobby Farms is about living the rural life, growing healthy food, keeping farm animals healthy and maintaining a sustainable farm, even for city dwellers. It includes do-it-yourself guides and tips from other small-scale farmers to provide the inspiration and support a hobby farmer needs to start a farm project from scratch.
Chickens is for poultry lovers from the city, suburbs or in the country, helping them raise healthy flocks, harvest eggs, and manage coops and other chicken-related equipment.
Horse Illustrated and its digital counterpart HorseChannel.com gives user-friendly advice for all equestrians. Both print edition and digital platform includes essential horse health and care, illustrated breed profiles, equestrian style, travel, and products.
Young Rider is the only magazine of its kind, written specifically for horse-crazy tweens and teens ages 8-15. For more than 20 years, it’s delivered a fun-filled mixture of English and Western riding instruction, horse care tips, contests, color posters and stories about kids and their horses.
The transaction was initiated and brokered by The Fisher Company, a specialist in international publishing and media transactions.
Remedia Publications acquires Garlic Press
November 30, 2017
Remedia Publications is excited to announce the acquisition of Garlic Press, an educational publishing company that has been committed to producing quality content for children since 1974.
Garlic Press titles focus on mathematics, sign language, English, and literature, and are for students of all ages. They are non-nonsense and straightforward, intended to teach mastery through practice. The titles are targeted for on-level students, homeschoolers, older learners needing to refresh skills, and progressive self-learners, and the majority are not identified by grade level.
Sign language titles are for infants through adults, hearing and deaf, and come in books and manipulatives such as flash cards.
All titles are created by educators for teachers to use in the classroom and for parents to use at home, and are written, illustrated, designed and printed in the United States.
For forty years, Remedia Publications has offered supplemental high-interest/low readability materials to special education and regular education teachers. The family-owned company is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lumina Media LLC sells Petcha.com and Reptiles
Lumina Media LLC sold Petcha.com and Reptiles print and digital magazine to an undisclosed purchaser.
Petcha is the industry’s first and only all-inclusive community and interactive pet search site to include pets from breeders, rescue and shelter organizations. Petcha.com also features pet care support tools for the entire life of the pet, as well as breeder, rescue and shelter business profiles, plus social sharing features and Yelp-like ratings and reviews so consumers can make informed decisions about where they want to acquire their pet. Petcha is the number two pet search site, ranked by unique visitors in the U.S., according to comScore.
Petcha.com’s database of available pets—the most comprehensive anywhere—allows pet lovers to find a pet their way with advanced features and filtering capabilities, including the ability to filter results by organization category, type of pet, gender, breed, size, coat/eye color, tail type, coat length, age, and energy level.
Reptiles is geared to help reptile enthusiasts focus on making wise choices in selecting and safely caring for snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, and other amphibians. The magazine eliminates some of the myths that surround certain pet reptiles as it educates readers. The website includes a forum, a listing of pets for sale, shows and other events, contests, and helpful guides for amateur herpetologists.
Lumina Media is a leading media technology company that creates content focusing on lifestyle experiences for avid enthusiasts and informed specialty audiences.
Berrett-Koehler Publishers acquires Management Concepts Press
Oakland, CA, July 27, 2017
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, a publisher of progressive books on current affairs, personal growth, and business and management is excited to announce the acquisition of Management Concepts Press. The sale went into effect July 1, 2017 and enables both organizations to focus on core mission priorities—Management Concepts continues to grow as a training and consulting solutions provider, and Berrett-Koehler bolsters its catalog of high-quality, impactful books.
Now owned and maintained by Berrett-Koehler, the Management Concepts Press catalog of over 125 titles features work by highly regarded experts on a variety of topics, including:
• Project management
• Federal acquisition and contracting
• Federal financial management
• Public administration
“This purchase is a natural fit with our existing catalog and our company’s mission, while helping us to expand our publishing program in several major areas,” said Berrett-Koehler founder and president, Steven Piersanti. “Our books enable positive change for individuals, organizations, and communities.”
Berrett-Koehler Publishers is a leading independent publisher of progressive books on current affairs, personal growth, and business and management. Berrett-Koehler pursues its mission of connecting people and ideas to create a world that works for all by publishing groundbreaking books (with over 600 in print) that promote positive change at all levels – individual, organizational, and societal.
Management Concepts is the nation’s premier provider of professional development, performance improvement, and human capital solutions for the public sector. Since 1973, they collaborated with and supported every major agency in the Federal government, thousands of state and local government offices, numerous non-profit organizations and universities, and hundreds of corporations; unleashing the potential of more than one million individuals and enhancing the performance of teams and organizations.
Kenilworth Media, Inc. acquires Veterinary Practice News from Lumina Media LLC
May 24, 2017
Kenilworth Media, Inc. of Richmond Hill, Ont., has acquired Veterinary Practice News (VPN) from Lumina Media LLC of Irvine, Calif. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Veterinary Practice News is published monthly and is dedicated to informing U.S. veterinarians about industry trends, best practices and new products as it relates to practice management, small animal and equine care, Veterinary Practice News is a BPA Worldwide audited publication, reaching 57,000 practicing veterinarians, technicians, managers and others allied to the animal health care field.
The purchase deal also includes the website, veterinarypracticenews.com, which like the publication, provides comprehensive and timely coverage of industry news and new products, highlights successful veterinary practices and practitioners, provides fresh and objective coverage of issues, trends and events, and serves as an open forum for discussing controversial topics including new profit centres and best practices.
In announcing the acquisition, Kenilworth Group Publisher/CEO Erik Tolles said, “We are pleased to welcome Veterinary Practice News into the Kenilworth family. This is a perfect fit for us, reflecting the diversity of our product portfolio. Readers and advertisers can expect the same level of quality and service they have come to expect from VPN and I am excited key members of the VPN sales and editorial teams will be working with us as we position the magazine for continued growth and expansion in the veterinary market.”
Kenilworth’s magazines represent a diverse cross-section of some of North America’s leading sectors, including signage, franchising, jewelry, and backyard leisure living. Their business-to-business publications offer in-depth editorial analysis, celebrate the movers and shakers, and offer frank commentary on key industry issues.
Unicorn Publishing Group gains Don Linn as New Partner
May 16, 2017
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Unicorn Publishing Group (UPG) is pleased to announce that due to substantial growth in the previous eighteen months, Don Linn has joined the company as a full partner and will be based in Unicorn’s new office in Chicago to drive the business forward in the US and Canada.
Don Linn, previously Owner/Chief Executive Officer, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, Inc. and Director of The University of Chicago Press’ Chicago Distribution Center, has a wealth of publishing, sales and distribution experience and will be actively working with various galleries, museums, artists, historians and others across North America on new publishing projects. These projects will be designed to have global sales appeal for the English language book market and will be sold and distributed by the UPG sales and marketing team.
UPG Chairman, Lord Strathcarron, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to expand in North America and beyond. Don has a wonderful track record and we welcome him into the Group most enthusiastically.”
Don Linn stated, “Unicorn has experienced outstanding growth because of its extraordinary team who are not only talented and energetic professionals but also great people to work with. I’m proud to be a part of the Group and look forward to expanding UPG’s publishing program.”
Unicorn Publishing Group LLP was founded by a small team of professional publishers having come together from various major publishing houses. The company evolved into the present organisation four years ago and is now a leading independent publisher of fine art monographs, catalogues and social, military and cultural history titles. UPG works with major branded institutions and organisations around the world, publishing and selling branded titles for these groups.
The group consists of three distinct businesses:
• Unicorn – Art, Culture, Cultural History, illustrated publishing
• Uniform – Military History, History, Historical biography, illustrated publishing
• Unicorn Sales & Distribution – a small sales and distribution business offering an exclusive global sales and distribution service to publishing lists that fit in with the aims and aspirations of UPG
Belvoir Media Group acquires Catster and Dogster from Lumina Media LLC
April 25, 2017
Belvoir Media Group acquired Catster and Dogster magazines from Lumina Media LLC.
Catster and Dogster magazines are the ultimate resources for all things cats and dogs. Subscribers connect with experts for insights, trends and the latest pet products. Many of the subscribers to these magazines are loyal multi-pet owners, with household incomes over $50,000, they own their primary residence and are predominately direct mail respondent.
Both titles fit well with the long list of publishing and pet related publications Belvoir owns, including CatWatch Newsletter, DogWatch Newsletter, Whole Dog Journal, and Pet Masterfile. They also own MaryJanesFarms Magazine, Kitplanes Magazine, Aviation Consumer Newsletter, Practical Sailor Newsletter, and many more.
Belvoir Media Group is a leading provider of reader-focused, content-driven periodicals, books, and digital media. Belvoir Media Group serves a wide spectrum of active and involved readers whose interests range from flying and sailing to pet owning, and organic living. Providing expert and unbiased insight, each Belvoir enthusiast publication and website is a trusted resource for a loyal and passionate readership.
Fox Chapel acquires Lumina Books Division
Irvine, CA December 30, 2016
Fox Chapel Publishing has acquired the books division of Lumina Media, including 330 print books and 440 e-books focusing on animals, pet care, home gardening, farming, and rural life. The publisher will launch a new imprint, CompanionHouse Press, to market the new line.
“This acquisition supports our continuing strategy of becoming a leader in special interest publishing,” Fox Chapel president Alan Giagnocavo said in a statement.
Fox Chapel specializes in illustrated nonfiction in the crafts and hobbies space, and publishes more than 1,200 book titles and three quarterly magazines.
Holcomb-Hathaway acquired by Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Scottsdale, AZ August 19, 2016
Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers is a respected, innovative academic and professional publishing company specializing in innovative academic titles for use in college courses and by professionals. They publish in the growing discipline of Kinesiology (Exercise Science and Physical Education), Sport Management, Literacy Education, Journalism/Broadcast/Media.
The Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis is the new publishing home for these titles.
Llewellyn Worldwide sells Flux to North Star Editions
ST. PAUL, MN, June 30, 2016
Llewellyn Worldwide LTD has agreed to sell its young adult imprint, Flux, to Twin Cities-based North Star Editions, Inc. North Star Editions will take over sales and publishing operations for all existing titles effective July 1, 2016. Under the agreement, Llewellyn Worldwide will continue to handle warehousing and fulfillment duties for Flux titles.
“We are delighted to find such a welcoming home for Flux,” said Sandra Weschcke, President of Llewellyn Worldwide. “We have enjoyed all the Flux authors and titles over the years and we are confident North Star will grow and prosper with Flux. We look forward to a productive relationship.”
“We are excited to be able to continue the wonderful Flux tradition and carry it into this next phase of its life,” said Mari Kesselring, Flux’s new managing editor. “We look forward to the opportunity to engage Flux’s readership with bold new titles for the young-adult fiction audience.”
Llewellyn debuted Flux in 2006 and it quickly became a critically acclaimed and award-winning imprint dedicated to fiction for teens. It was born out of the success of the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz. The series has sold more than 500,000 copies and carries on in the backlist today.
Since its inception, Flux has set out to be different and diverse. Consistently provocative, independently alternative, and always striving to find unique voices that unsettle, surprise, inform, and ignite.
Through this focus, Flux is proud to have launched the careers of New York Times bestselling authors Laurie Faria Stolarz, Maggie Stiefvater, and Simone Elkeles. Elkeles’s title Return to Paradise made its debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Several other acclaimed YA authors also debuted with Flux including A.S. King and Carrie Jones.
A host of Flux titles have also won awards from the American Library Association, the Independent Publishers Association, and other literary organizations. In 2014 Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Conn-Mills won the National Stonewall Award.
New Harbinger acquires Non-Duality Press
New Harbinger Publications closed 2015 by purchasing the publishing assets of Non-Duality Press. Launched in the U.K. in 2004 by founder Julian Noyce, Non-Duality Press became the leading publisher of the literature on non-duality—a spiritual movement built on the idea of non-separation.
Effective in mid-November, New Harbinger created a Non-Duality Press imprint to house the backlist of the U.K.-based company, with bestsellers including The Direct Path by Greg Goode, Awake in the Heartland by Joan Tollifson, and Falling in Love with Where You Are by Jeff Foster; and will release newly acquired titles in the imprint beginning with New Harbinger’s Fall 2016 list, which includes Non-Duality Questions, Non-Duality Answers by Richard Sylvester, and The Unfindable Inquiry by Scott Kiloby.
The non-duality movement mingles the ancient Sanskrit concept of “Advaita,” meaning “not-two” with the Hindu “Vendanta” scriptural study and philosophy. Modern, Western Advaita teachers long-published by NDP, write about the practice of non-duality in many ways, including the idea of spiritual practice without religious dogma, how the non-dual awareness is immediately accessible to everyone, and how the search for enlightenment itself is an obstacle to realizing oneness. The transaction expands the reach of New Harbinger, the 40-plus-year-old publisher of psychology and self-help books, into the spiritual realm.
“New Harbinger is making a major commitment to increasing our presence in the spirituality category, and the quality and core spiritual message of Non-Duality Press books makes them a perfect fit for us,” said Matt McKay, publisher and co-founder of the Oakland, Calif.-based New Harbinger. “While not evidence-based in the same way as our psychology books, Non-Duality Press books are grounded in a wisdom tradition that rests at the core of many of the world’s religions. These books answer questions about why we are here and what matters that are key to reducing human pain.”
Books in the non-duality field are often called “literary spirituality,” and McKay said NHP was especially pleased to continue the Non-Duality Press practice of publishing “beautifully conceived, written, and packaged books.”
“We are extremely pleased to be joining New Harbinger in what promises to be an exciting and rewarding partnership,” said Non-Duality Press publisher Julian Noyce, who is staying on as consultant with the imprint for two years. Our focus on publishing leading-edge communicators and creatives in the area of non-duality both complements and expands New Harbinger’s pioneering work and excellent reputation in the field of self-help, psychology, and personal development publishing.”
Details of the sale between the two private publishers were not disclosed, but this is the second acquisition in 2015 that was brokered for New Harbinger by Howard Fisher of The Fisher Company, which helped NHP acquire the pop-psychology Impact Publishers in the summer.
Keen Communications acquires Adventure Publications
Strategic merger creates a family of publishing imprints for outdoor and travel enthusiasts
Keen Communications, based in Birmingham, AL, with an office in Covington, KY, and Adventure Publications, based in Cambridge, MN, are pleased to announce that the companies have merged publishing imprints and interests effective October 8, 2015. The new combined enterprise is known as AdventureKEEN (adventurewithkeen.com). The transaction was brokered by Howard Fisher of The Fisher Company.
Adventure Publications, the largest independent publisher of birding books, is renowned for regional bird and other field guides. The company has a rich backlist of 400-plus titles that also includes children’s books, cookbooks, and diverse nature-themed titles. Founded in 1988 by Gordon and Gerri Slabaugh, Adventure Publications joins the other publishing brands of AdventureKEEN, which include Menasha Ridge Press, Wilderness Press, Clerisy Press, The Unofficial Guides, and Nature Study Guild. Keen’s imprints produce some of the best-selling travel and outdoor adventure books in the country, delivering to readers and enthusiasts the best travel content and where-to information available.
This strategic acquisition for Keen folds together decades of collective experience bringing guidebooks to market. AdventureKEEN titles will continue to be trusted resources for parks, interpretive centers, and specialty retailers, as well as for the book trade.
The coming-together story is a familiar one for Keen. Cofounders Bob Sehlinger and Richard Hunt collaborated for years at the Denver Publishing Institute and as part of U.S.I.A. book industry delegations before merging their respective companies in 2006, the genesis of Keen. Similarly, Hunt and Adventure Publications’ Gordon Slabaugh worked together at Houghton Mifflin in the late 1980s. Both followed their respective yet similar paths in publishing, championing outdoor topics and local subjects that sell best for retailers. The merging of companies is a reunion of sorts and a big step forward for the newly combined group.
“Gordon has always been a standout salesman, and he’s remarkably astute about what works best for accounts, from product to service. Gerri has used her talents and insight to develop clear, concise, and intuitive guides for readers of all ages,” said Hunt. “The team that Gordon and Gerri have assembled in Cambridge is truly one of the most customer-focused groups I’ve ever seen.”
Hunt also added that the most affirming part of AdventureKEEN is how well the Adventure group complements the Keen staff. “It’s not often that within a relatively small team, many folks have 10-, 15-, 20-, and even 25-year tenures. That’s a testament to how much we value our staff.”
Molly Merkle, chief operating officer of Keen, and Gerri Slabaugh, publisher of Adventure, are leading the integration of operations between the two enterprises. Gerri will remain in an active consulting role before transitioning into retirement, along with Gordon. Julie Arthur of Adventure will direct the combined AdventureKEEN sales efforts.
Keen is represented to the book trade by Publishers Group West.
The transaction on behalf of Adventure Publications was initiated and brokered by Howard Fisher of The Fisher Company, a specialist in book and media transactions.
A Merger of Like-Minds: New Harbinger acquires Impact
Effective September 1, 2015, New Harbinger Publications acquired the publishing assets of Impact Publishers, which has published more than 125 titles, mostly in popular and professional psychology, including Your Perfect Right, a guide written by the founders of the company in 1970 that is still in print.
“For 45 years, Impact Publications has published the highest quality psychology self-help and professional titles,” said Matt McKay, co-founder and publisher of New Harbinger, which launched in 1973 with The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook that is still in print.
“We’ve watched with admiration over the years as New Harbinger has grown from similar roots—self-published book by a psychologist and colleague—to a very large and very successful publishing enterprise,” said Robert Alberti, Impact’s founder.”
Over the years we’ve often been approached by prospective buyers who found Impact an attractive investment prospect. New Harbinger is the first to offer such a natural blend of topics and markets.”
From Impact’s slogan, “Psychology you can use from professionals you can trust,” to its bestseller list that includes Anger Management for Everyone and Rebuilding, McKay observed Impact’s unique alignment with New Harbinger’s “Real tools for real change” mission and bestsellers, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and Get Out of your Mind and Into Your Life.
“Impact’s books have made a huge difference in hundreds of thousands of lives,” said McKay. “We are very honored and pleased to bring Impact’s extraordinary titles and legacy into the New Harbinger fold. We look forward to publishing new titles soon.”
Details of the sale between the two private California-based publishers were not disclosed, but Impact’s sixty in-print titles have been processed into New Harbinger’s distribution network. Impact will be an imprint of New Harbinger.
The Fisher Company initiated the transaction, providing financial consultation and assisting in the negotiations on behalf of New Harbinger Publications.