Simon & Schuster Sold Just About Everything in 2020—Except Itself

The publishing behemoth, which hit the market just before lockdown, racked up best sellers from Woodward, Bolton, and Mary Trump. Amid speculation about potential buyers—one of the “Big Five” houses? French media conglomerate Vivendi? A private-equity firm?—ViacomCBS is keeping quiet.

The potential sale of S&S continues to hold my attention, as a vast majority of Trek books have traditionally been published under their Pocket Books imprint, though recently they seem to have transitioned to the Gallery Books imprint. If S&S is sold from their parent company, will they still have a near monopoly on the Trek franchise?

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