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Wiley acquires Harlan Davidson

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John Wiley & Sons has bought Harlan Davidson (HDI), a small, US educational publisher that publishes history titles for undergraduates. The acquisition is expected to bring these titles to a more global audience.

'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 at Wiley-Blackwell.

HDI was founded in the 1970s by the late Harlan Davidson, Sr., and is under the editorial oversight of his son, Andrew Davidson. The company has 20 new titles planned for the next three years, as well as 10 revisions.

Andrew Davidson, who will be joining Wiley,  added, '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.'