Infobase Publishing Acquires Iconic World Almanac Brand
New York, NY (September 1, 2009)—Infobase Publishing announced today that it has acquired the World Almanac imprint from Weekly Reader Publishing Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
World Almanac’s long and storied history as a publisher of award-winning reference titles dates back to 1868. Most notably, The World Almanac and Book of Facts® has become the best- selling American reference book of all time with more than 80 million copies sold. The imprint also includes such popular and best-selling titles as The World Almanac for Kids® and The World Almanac Book of Records®. Continue reading
Attention public, school, and community college libraries.
Infobase, publisher for Chelsea House, Facts on File, Ferguson, and Bloom’s Literary Criticism will release it’s own eBook platform this Fall. However, titles will still be available from previously established interfaces.
Current titles and backlist titles will be available at launch (1800+) and forthcoming titles will also come in e version.
Looks like the business model is similar to GVRL – unlimited simultaneous access and an archival PDF copy of each title purchased. Which, leads me to believe this will NOT be a subscription product. No word yet on pricing.
I’m hoping to get a sneak peek at the interface in the next couple of weeks, so details on the interface bells and whistles to follow.