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OUP buys Nelson Thornes

OUP has bought education publisher Nelson Thornes from Infinitas Learning for an undisclosed sum.

Richard Hodson, previously OUP's international business director of OUP's UK schools and children's division, has been appointed as the new managing director of Nelson Thornes, replacing Paul Howarth who moves to a new role within Infinitas Learning.

Otherwise Nelson Thornes staff and organisational structure will be unaffected, with the company "initially" operating as a stand-alone subsidiary of OUP, maintaining its existing branding and its Cheltenham base.

OUP chief executive Nigel Portwood said: "This is a very exciting moment for OUP. Nelson Thornes has a wealth of excellent curriculum resources and has a talented and committed workforce. Providing teachers with a breadth of high quality materials and support is central to our educational work at OUP. I believe that this acquisition will help us to support teachers in their classrooms to an even greater degree."

Nelson Thornes publishes primary, secondary and vocational teaching resources, providing teachers and students with what OUP describes as "some of the highest quality resources in the market."

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Wow - this happens the day after the Bookseller predicts further consolidation in the academic sector. Perhaps they've got their finger on the pulse after all.

I'm not so convinced that there will be a lot of consolidation in the academic sector myself. There was so much in the 1990s that there probably isn't a great deal of value left in consolidating this market much more. Yes T&F will continue to pick off small specialist academic publishers, bloating their lists still further, but I can't see too many deals the size of the OUP/Nelson Thornes one in the offing.

Wow - this happens the day after the Bookseller predicts further consolidation in the academic sector. Perhaps they've got their finger on the pulse after all.

I'm not so convinced that there will be a lot of consolidation in the academic sector myself. There was so much in the 1990s that there probably isn't a great deal of value left in consolidating this market much more. Yes T&F will continue to pick off small specialist academic publishers, bloating their lists still further, but I can't see too many deals the size of the OUP/Nelson Thornes one in the offing.