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Posts Tagged ‘Nielsen’

Reed Business Information Dumps Some Suitors, Keeps Others

reed-business-logo.gifOver the weekend, paidContent.org’s Rafat Ali reported that the second round of bidding for the assets of Reed Business Information (including Publishers Weekly) had begun—with McGraw-Hill cited as one of the leading contenders and Nielsen emerging as a less clear candidate for the role of buyer.

Now that would be a interesting turn of events, because it would place the PW, Library Journal and Kirkus brands in the same basket—and, though it’s not as immediately relevant to us in the book world, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. That said, it should be noted that two weeks ago, former NY Times film industry correspondent Sharon Waxman blogged that she had been told Nielsen might seek to unload its own business media division, which would probably put them out of the running for buying Reed Elsevier’s. McGraw-Hill, on the other hand, would conceivably be interested in absorbing RBI’s expansive portfolio of construction industry-directed media to augment its own offerings in that field, with the brands serving the publishing industry representing new territory that—and I’m just speculating wildly here—could fit under the BusinessWeek umbrella.

Whoever acquires RBI, though, it’s highly likely that the new owners may want to strip the main brands of all the baggage they’ve accumulated over the years and rebuild—merging the legacy identities with a new sense of best practices in serving industry-specific markets.

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In the UK, More Means More

And by that I mean “more publishers, more books.” Publishing News reports that the number of titles published in the UK in 2006 grew 4.1% year-on-year to over 115,000, according to new information published by Nielsen. In 2006, 115,522 books were published, up from 110,925 in 2005, although the figure is below the 2003 peak of 131,271 titles. Over the last 13 years, Nielsen calculates the rise in annual book production as over 22%. Global figures show that around 258,350 titles were published in the English language in 2006, up from 256,500 in 2005. The number of publishers in the UK is continuing to rise, according to Nielsen’s records of companies registering for their first ISBN prefix. New publishers in 2006 totalled 2,801, up from 2,739 in 2005 and 2,248 in 2001.