Simon & Schuster is acquiring Adams Media, which specializes in general and niche nonfiction, from F+W Media. The deal should close before Thanksgiving. Karen Cooper, currently v-p, books and content of Adams Media, will lead the new Adams Media imprint as v-p, publisher, and report to S&S president and CEO Carolyn Reidy. Adams Media will continue to have its headquarters in Avon, Mass.
Founded as Bob Adams, Inc., in 1980, the company was renamed Adams Media Corporation in 1995 and was purchased by F+W Media in 2003. Among its biggest hits are The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book, Bushcraft 101, Life Hacks and Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad! Adams publishes approximately 200 frontlist titles per year and has a backlist of more than 1,200 titles. Besides its Everything series, Adams Media's major publishing categories are self-help and wellness, business and personal finance, parenting and cooking.
Reidy said that Adams Media has been "particularly adept at identifying audiences and then publishing books to fit that audience's needs, usually with an eye toward a long backlist life. In the process, Adams Media has created a unique and distinctive library of content that we look forward to bringing to a wider audience."