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Brumby completes Bookwise acquisition 

8 May 2007

The sale of Bookwise to Brumby Holdings was completed on 1 May. ‘We are pleased that Bookwise is now back in Australian ownership,' said Gary Cobbledick, managing director of Brumby...

Brumby to buy Bookwise 

10 April 2007

Brumby Books and Music has signed a ‘conditional contract' to purchase fellow distributor Bookwise International. Under the deal--reportedly worth over $450,000--Bookwise will remain in Adelaide with all of its current staff,...

B&T’s AMS purchase excludes Bookwise 

6 March 2007

Advanced Marketing Services (AMS), US-based parent company of the Australian distributor Bookwise, has reached an agreement with US wholesaler Baker & Taylor (B&T) on the sale of certain AMS assets. However,...

Baker & Taylor to buy AMS? 

13 February 2007

Advanced Marketing Services (AMS), the US-based parent company of Australian distributor Bookwise, has entered into a letter of agreement with book distributor Baker & Taylor to allow B&T to purchase the...

Perseus pounces on PGW 

23 January 2007

The Perseus Books Group has made a formal offer for all of the distribution contracts of US distributor Publishers Group West (PGW), which has been caught up in the Chapter...

Latest on AMS/PGW 

16 January 2007

Events surrounding the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of US-based company AMS, the parent of Bookwise and of Publishers Group West, are moving quickly.Among developments in the last week, the Perseus Books...

AMS bankruptcy hits Australian publishers 

9 January 2007

US-based Advanced Marketing Services declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 30 December, owing publishers worldwide over US$100 million (A$124 million). AMS owns a number of book-related companies around the world, including...