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Bloomington-Based Author Solutions Sold To Penguin Group

According to a statement from Pearson, who owns Penguin Publishing, Author Solutions will be run as a separate business.

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Photo: Courtesy: Pearson

Penguin CEO John Makinson is in Bloomington Thursday, to announce the acquisition to ASI employees.

Author Solutions has been sold to a global education and consumer publishing services provider by Bertram Capital, a private equity investment firm based in California that has held the company for the past five years.

Pearson announced the $116 million acquisition of the self-publishing company, which will be part of its Penguin division.

“Self-publishing has moved into the mainstream of our industry over the past three years,” Penguin’s chief executive John Makinson said in a statement. “It has provided new outlets for professional writers, a huge increase in the range of books available to readers and an exciting source of content for publishers such as Penguin. No-one has captured this opportunity as successfully as Author Solutions.”

According to a statement from Pearson, Author Solutions will be run as a separate business.

Author Solutions does about $100 million in sales per year and about 1,600 employees, primarily in Cebu City, the Philippines, and Bloomington.

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