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May 08, 2012

Wiley Acquires Higher Education Publisher Harlan Davidson Inc.

Hoboken, N.J.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc (NYSE: JWa, JWb), announced today the acquisition of Harlan Davidson Inc. (HDI), a small family-owned publishing company in Wheeling, IL. The acquisition builds on Wiley’s existing high quality American History portfolio, and strengthens growing curriculum areas such as World History, Atlantic History and State History. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

HDI titles are used by undergraduates in four- and two-year institutions.  More students around the world will have access to them as a result of Wiley’s extensive sales and marketing operations and strong relationships across the US and internationally. Wiley’s digital innovation and expertise will also provide the opportunity to offer HDI’s high quality content to a more diverse and wider market online. 

“Harlan Davidson’s audience and focus is a perfect complement to our own.  We already have relationships with a significant proportion of HDI’s authors and feel that this is a natural extension of our work in the field of history to date,” said Steve D. Smith, VP & Books Publishing Director, Social Sciences & Humanities, Wiley-Blackwell. “As a larger business with founding family involvement, we will be well placed to continue to offer HDI authors the highly personalized service to which they are accustomed, but at the same time expose their books to the broader and digital markets to which we have access.” 

Andrew Davidson, who will be joining Wiley,  commented, “My family and I are extremely pleased to know that the titles on which we have worked so hard over the years will find a good home at Wiley. On a personal note, I am thrilled to have the opportunity both to continue my relationships with the authors I have come to know but also work alongside the talented editorial staff at Wiley to develop new and innovative products to help students and instructors of history alike.”

HDI was founded in the 1970s by the late Harlan Davidson, Sr., and is under the editorial oversight of his son, Andrew Davidson.  HDI’s extensive backlist encompasses ten series, including those in American, European, and world history, political science, and literature, including the “Crofts Classics,” previously acquired from Appleton-Century-Crofts. HDI, under Andrew Davidson’s direction, currently has 20 new titles under development for the next three years, as well as ten revisions.


About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. 

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.


About HDI
Since its founding in 1976, Harlan Davidson, Inc. (HDI), has enjoyed a solid and well-earned reputation as a publisher of especially useful survey and supplemental textbooks that are used by students of history and literature—from those enrolled in Advanced Placement high school courses to those in graduate-student seminars.  Although its stable of authors includes some of the foremost historians in their respective fields, HDI’s publications are always conceived, developed, and produced with the needs of student readers foremost in mind. For more information please visit http://www.harlandavidson.com.