Publishing News [Global]

John Wiley & Sons announces the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Atypon, a $120 million publishing company based in Silicon Valley. Atypon is a technology partner that enables scholarly societies and publishers to deliver, host, enhance, market and manage their content on the web. The transaction between the two publishing majors is expected to close on October 01, 2016. Mark Allin, president and CEO of Wiley says Atypon offers an outstanding set of publishing solutions that can help industry participants like Wiley drive the discovery of research.

Ingram Content Group, through Ingram Publisher Services, has launched Ingram Academic Services, a service customized for university presses and academic publishers. This is the first joint initiative following Ingram’s acquisition of Perseus’ distribution businesses. Ingram Academic Services combines global reach and distribution operational excellence with deep publishing and marketplace expertise, all tailored for university presses and academic publishers.

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is out. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia Williams. It was chosen from 155 submissions published.

The much-anticipated book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child¸ the latest from the pen of JK Rowling has become the top pre-order book for both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book was released on July 31, birthday of Harry Potter and Rowling.

Leading software provider to the publishing industry, Ingenta, has acquired 5 fifteen Ltd, software supplier to the magazine and newspaper industry. Established in the UK in 1999, 5 fifteen is renowned for its web-based advertising platform, ad DEPOT, which allows media organisations to sell, manage and deliver print and digital advertising. The system is used by major organisations such as Hearst Corporation, Trusted Media Brands (Reader’s Digest), Springer Nature and Elsevier.

As part of the acquisition, ad DEPOT will be incorporated into Ingenta’s product suite and will change its name to Ingenta Advertising.