May 16, 2022

Publishing: Houghton Acquires Webster’s New World Dictionary, CliffsNotes, and Big Name Cookbooks From Wiley

From The New York Times:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said on Thursday that it had acquired the culinary portfolio of John Wiley & Sons, as well as its reference books, including the classic Webster’s New World Dictionary and CliffsNotes.

The cost of the transaction was not disclosed.

Wiley’s cooking portfolio includes the all-American Betty Crocker cookbook series and Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” franchise, which produces apps for other high-profile cookbook authors like Rose Levy Beranbaum, Marcus Samuelsson and Ellie Krieger.

Additional Details: Official Houghton Mifflin Harcourt News Release

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