HarperCollins Canada has acquired non-fiction titles, including hockey book “The Game,” “Hockey Dad” and “Smart Cooking,” from Wiley Canada.
Other titles include the “Mother of All” series, “Lighthearted Everyday Cooking” and “Lighthearted at Home: The Very Best of Anne Lindsay.”
HarperCollins expects the deal to strengthen its list of bestsellers in the health, sports and how-to categories.
Wiley, part of John Wiley & Sons Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), is selling its consumer portfolio to focus on global research, education and professional practice assets. On April 3, the company announced the sale of its pets, crafts and general-interest consumer publishing assets, including Howell Book House and Baseball Prospectus.
The company sold its culinary and Webster’s New World Dictionary publishing assets to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and in August, John Wiley sold travel assets, including Frommer’s, to Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG).
John Wiley is selling consumer assets as other publishers consolidate to compete with Internet retailers. By the end of March, regulators in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, said they would approve a planned merger between the consumer publishing arms of Bertelsmann AG and Pearson plc (NYSE: SPO). European Union regulators were also reportedly ready to approve the merger. That deal, as Mergers & Acquisitions reported in November, would combine Penguin Group and Random House to create Penguin Random House, which would be the largest consumer publishing company.