Despite months of controversy, the now-completed W3C-IDPF merger means, says Jeff Jaffe, ‘an empowering environment’ for publishing’s development.
Market research firm NPD has acquired the US-based services of Nielsen Book, adding book data to its point-of-sale tracking across more than 20 industries.
In Poland, publishing stakeholders stay the need for protective regulation—liked fixed book prices—and IP protection are needed to curb declining book sales.
Ebook distributor Enthrill is acquired by Firebrand; HarperCollins halts digital sales of a Trump appointee’s book amid plagiarism allegations.
‘Not only our topics and quality standards, but also the location of our headquarters’: German STM publishing specialists Thieme and Schattauer will merge.
In the UK, Nielsen’s ISBN program has stepped into the digital age with what it describes as sure-footed grace. In the US, an internationally placed STM content platform is bought by a customer.
Content management meets rights management in a newly announced acquisition by Massachusetts’ Copyright Clearance Center of London’s Ixxus, another interesting merger in a world of digital publishing.
Marcello Vena discusses the offer Mondadori has made for RCS Libri, which would merge two of Italy’s strongest education and trade publishing groups.
Poland’s top online bookstore, Merlin.pl, is up for sale, and many believe this is that of consolidation in a saturated Polish online marketplace.
More consolidation has hit the Russian book market as Oleg Novikov, the owner of AST and Eksmo, has agreed to purchase Drofa, a leading education publisher.